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May In Your Garden

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 14:32

Oh my three sons grew up on Lemon drizzle cake! That and family lasagne.

Drizzle in the garden constantly today, I have a bomb crater in my middle garden and the ugly Pampas beast is no more. I thanked it for its contribution over the years to my privacy and the neighbourhood birds' nests, and the mountain of compost it leaves in its wake. The ground is concave, the memory of sun shine is fading and my muscles hurt but here's to the future. 

Unhappy Euphorbia Wulfenni

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 10:12

Euphobia characias subs. Wulfenii is easy to grow since it will tolerate varied soils so long as its free draining, doesn't mind being exposed and will happily get on in some shade.

Saying that, I had one growing in really poor soil in my front garden that got shaded out by a large ceanothus and was looking extremely straggly so I chopped it back low and moved it to a semi shade border with slightly deeper soil in the back garden and the thing was instantly away. It's put on staggering growth in the last three years.

So, from my experience, it could be that there is some difference between the good one and the two that are unhappy. What this is, is difficult to assess without knowing your situation, but my novice guess would be too much shade or water. Study the movement of the sun or soil condition in their location over a period of time perhaps, alternatively, just move them anyhow. If I understand it to be the Euphorbia you have stated, it will grow very large and sprawling with time and unless you have a huge stately home, three together might all get a bit forestry.

Repetition in the garden is good, so personally, I would dig up the two sickly ones, inspect the roots and replant in desirable positions to show them off at their best. Good luck

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 09:36

Wet and overcast here in Kent.

When is the sun coming to stay?

compost heap out of control

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 09:35

Depends on the weeds. Annual weeds are fine but the compost heap would need to reach a high temperature to kill off perennial weeds and that just isn't practical for the average gardener.

Personally, I would skip the lot to save spreading weeds and seeds across the entire garden, but that's just me. If you want/need to sort through the pile, I would suggest sieving the lot at least.

Lets do the Timewarp again

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 22:11

There is no easy quick fix solution to what you are asking. To put your stamp on it is a personal decision, even if you hired a garden designer, they would work to a brief provided by you.

Start by working out what you want from your garden, agree a vision between you that encompasses your likes and avoids your dislikes.

Physically, remove anything that you hate in the garden as it stands and then work from there. You could work on the garden as a whole or in pieces, its up to you but if you at least know what you want and what you don't want, its a good place to start

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 remove...like 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.

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