Latest posts by Wintersong

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.


Posted: 02/05/2012 at 10:57

Thanks for the warning Geoff.

Garden Gallery

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 10:55

Gorgeous photos thanks Yvie!

I adore hosta leaves when they first begin to unwrap and your featured Clematis is just divine!

May In Your Garden

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 10:49

@KG: I suspect the seedlings have a much greater survival rate in pavement and patio cracks because they get the perfect little environment with moisture and shade, away from pecking birds and heavy feet.

Well, I have been itching to prune back some of my shrubs after a little epiphany hit me last night. I Love foliage and the shapes plants grow into (especially those small shrubs that naturally grow compact rounded shapes) and have always wanted but never owned any box hedging/topiary. A few reasons including price, time, lack of know how and fear of ruining things have put me off over the years until now...

I realised, rather belatedly, that other species besides box can be trained and clipped into shapes and I adore pruning things...I adore those shapes and everything small leaved and sculpted, so after some research, I discovered that my garden is full of perfect substitutes for topiary. I shall practice on the larger versions over the coming seasons and take cuttings to grow new topiaries later in the summer.

I'm very excited and it seems like the perfect addition to my style. 

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