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Latest posts by Wintersong

plant support for crocosmia lucifer

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 17:25

I have never experienced flop with my Crocosmia  but then I've been dividing mine greedily for years. It's everywhere in my gardens front and back because it multiplies like crazy and I have  a stupid big garden to fill. But you cant fault the plant really! I love the clumps of bright green foliage in early summer, the little trumpet flowers in beautiful colours and even the knobbly bits that form after it goes to seed. It even thrives in shady spots for me and the die back is a splendid autumn show with natural mulch for the little bulbs until the spring. Gosh, a round of applause for Crocosmia.

Sounds like Gold1locks has good advice

Shady Border

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 17:04

I have two NE facing borders in my garden due to the house and some very large shrubs which each cast their obliging shade. But I don't mind this location.

Near the house I have Fatsia japonica (which I know is bigger than you want) and together both areas have hostas, Alchemilla Mollis, Crocosmia, Acanthus, Euonymus, Skimmia, Geraniums, Hebes, Aquilegia, Heuchera, Astilbe, Ferns, Foxgloves (biennial and perennial) Lonicera nitida, Clematis (with their heads in the sun) and that's not including things I don't have but want such as Brunnera Jack Frost.

There are also some plants I have found to grow in these locations with only a foot or two more of sunlight such as Euphorbias and some Spiraeas.

Digging up Spotted Laurel

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 16:13

From my experience you need to get down and dirty. After pruning the top down to a manageable stump, dig out as much soil around the roots as you can, hack through the larger roots with the sharp end of your spade, loppers or even an axe. Watch out for your toes!

I dug out a 15yr climbing rose two years ago and its only just recovering, ( I know you don't want to save them) and I'm not kidding that I had to go down a metre. I also have a 15yr old Choisya Tenata that needs moving so I'm with you in spirit if not body.

Double planting

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 15:41

I think Lilies under Tulips is a great idea. I already had this in mind with a patch of Lilies I put in the ground last year (usually I keep them in pots) and suddenly discovered an opening this spring that definitely says Tulip to me!

I am very interested in double planting although I don't have need of baskets for critter reasons or changing reasons although marking their locations is a great idea. I have lost a lot of daffs in my time by forgetting where they were, silly me.

Anyhow, I am going to try some perennial combinations through the summer for instance, my Oriental Poppy flop got planted with Cosmos last year but I would really like to discover a permanent arrangement with something rising through the Poppy foliage for later summer display.

 I really will enjoy this learning curve in my severely lacking design skills.

Sedum is definitely a plant to consider perennial double planting...and I have lots of that.

Garden Gallery

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 15:28

I had a bees nest in my garden last year by accident and watched quite a lot of drama unfold. I love bees very much!

Garden Gallery

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 15:04

Yvie, I covet everything in your garden from the Magnolia (I've never owned one but always wanted one) to your trees to your hostas to your Euphorbia foliage to your patio contrasting foliage and I spotted a gorgeous stone wall as well. The photos also seem to communicate a really lovely atmosphere for me anyhow.

Lilylouise as ever, your garden is inspirational and I would love to get mine as rich in height and texture as yours. Some parts of my garden lack maturity because I did not have the money to fence the entire garden 17yrs ago, so we left the end and concentrated on the top part for privacy.

Then again, I now have the pleasure of transformation with a lot more experience these days, and making choices of plants and shrubs that I want rather than those I can afford.

Enjoyed those photos xx

April in Your Garden

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 14:44

Hi to Yvie, so many friendly voices here, I feel all warm and cosy even in the rain! 

Well, I photographed my garden in the rain and now I'm making quiche for dinner.

I'm terribly interested in expanding my gardening experience of under-planting or double planting as Yvie says (not sure if there is a difference) because I haven't done much of this yet, so keep chatting you guys, I'm just hanging around listening.

I did wonder if my idea of under-planting Aquilegia with Alchemilla Mollis was any good? I might see how that works this year, since the Alchemilla Mollis stays compact long enough for Aquilegia to have their moment and then could burst through once the Aquilegia foliage goes over, mine does anyhow. It turns purplish, which is nice but dull, but could work as a major contrast to the crisp smooth green and yellow froth of Alchemilla Mollis.

Garden Gallery

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 13:51

Baby steps Yvonne,  just enjoy one project this spring and as your experience and interest grow, so shall your courage and multi-tasking abilities. Really, it will come.

And here is where the photos go.

What to do!!

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 13:42

Rome wasn't built in a day, believe me, I know your story. When I moved in to my house 17yrs ago, I had 100ft of blank canvas.

My advice is to start small, and think from the ground upwards. Most people start near the house because its a functional area, get to know your location, the aspect of your garden (where the sun rises and falls), follow the shadows cast during the day so that you will instinctively understand shady areas from sunny ones. Do a soil test and watch through the year to see how your soil reacts to downpours and drought. Take your time with style. I determine my wants by knowing what I don't want. At least it saves me hideous mistakes.

Get the hard edges defined before the soft stuff. It's far easier to plant next to a wall than try to build a wall through plants. (believe me, I know!).

Research garden styles and designs on the net, there are thousands of interesting gardening blogs. Buy or borrow books from the library and watch Alan Titchmarsh *How to be a gardener* on Youtube.

This forum is a great bonus, we're a friendly bunch without prejudice of style or depth of knowledge.

Remember to start small. One step at a time. Each year I improve my garden a little bit more, but no matter my time or budget or energy, I would never presume to reach perfection in a heartbeat, gardening isn't about reaching the end, its about enjoying the journey.

Best of luck! And you just earned yourself a bunch of gardening nerdy friends

Garden Gallery

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 13:23

If you don't know by now, my number one garden fascination is all the marvellous plant shapes and forms and the colours and textures of leaves. (I don't know if there is a proper word for that, but its infinitely absorbing to me)

That's why Spring is my favourite month because I get to study foliage before the flowers take over. I paint in oils and store hundred of pictures for reference.

So, here's what got me out in  the rain today:

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