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May In Your Garden

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 21:46

KG, can you plant out and cover with horticultural fleece?

And yes, I agree about the overbearing monster Pampas. Mine has been too big for a few years now, (I also have a monster Laural, Ceanothus and Cherry tree that need hacking back this year).

Obviously, we planted these things in complete ignorance and at the time, a small plant in a huge garden didn't seem to be a problem. I had absolutely no knowledge of pruning for many years or even owned a pair of secateurs so things were left to grow. The Pampas also provided privacy and I have such a big garden to fill that it took up space in a very cheap way. 

It's incredibly hard work removing the rotted stump, but it doesn't suit my style anymore, which is quite formal with a splash of romantic, and if I'm honest, I will only miss the plumes. the rest was ugly. Hubby is already budgeting for the trellis and arbor and I'm busy trying to get my vision onto paper. It will be the first time I have ever actually planned a border, usually I buy plants I like and then wonder round for weeks or seasons trying to figure out where it should live.

So I will take all the time I need to get the structure planting right because they will grow and be a trouble to the Pampas.

Garden Gallery

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 21:20

May In Your Garden

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 19:59

@Inkadog: well that is a mystery then. Pampas like full sun and well drained soil and I seem to recall you have hardly any soil and lots of stones, so that sounds perfect.

I know my Pampas, which flowered in autumn, made new flower spikes around this time but I can't imagine the deer would trouble the plant over this, unless they are flattening it for dinner! 

I'll cross my fingers its just a matter of time until you can enjoy those feathery plumes as I have done for many years.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 19:07

@DavidSpikes: incredible landscape.

@Excitable Boy: Don't panic! Have a plant sale...boot fair...organise a plant swap! I would really love to do that in my general neighbourhood, but I'm still trying to work out how.

Better still, plant en masse if you have the space, its the Sissinghurst way you know  and you can dig them up and compost them once you get a different plant.

I grew 48 Cosmos by mistake last year  and I couldn't bare to ditch them, but in the end I only had space for about half in my garden.

cordiline palm

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 18:56

Gosh I wish mine would do this. It keeps sprouting babies from the trunk but so far not the base. I'd love some more for free.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 18:48

@Inkadog, mine has always flowered but after researching the net to discover why my Pampas died, I also found a lot of people asking why their Pampas wasn't flowering.

The answer is simple, don't feed it. I never fed mine ever and it would send up many many flower spikes every year.

It's the end of an era for my raging Pampas, but didn't it have a good life , and its so exciting to design a new border.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 18:33

Grey skies all day but no rain thankfully! Warm enough if you are working in the garden, cold if you are just standing around

Garden Gallery

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 18:31

Loving the photos, keep em coming!

Today in my garden...a very very quick snapshot since my bath was run and it was cold!


May In Your Garden

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 18:14

Yay fir Geoff's toasty chickens!

Grey day today but no rain, so I could get on with exploring the centre of my Pampas Grass. I'm afraid to say its a complete gonna and with pruning loppers, sheers and a mattock, I am busy creating a small mountain of bin bags.

The middle garden suddenly looks enormous! And wide, I mean this monster took up 8-10ft diameter. But, think what lovely new plants will go in that space now...already busy making wish-lists! And OMG, the compost this thing has made over the last ten years, its coming out the middle in bucket loads!

Out with the old, in with the new. No complaints.

Bind Weed

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 11:35

When you arrange your garden in autumn, dig up any plants you wish to move or keep and wash off all the soil, repotting in new compost mixes to suit the plant. Otherwise, the bindweed may be hiding in amongst the roots.

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