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What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 09:04
nutcutlet wrote (see)

Nice job birdy

That's an impressive eremurus Ws. How long did it take to produce that many spikes?


The eremurus started life as one of those dried up little bulbs in a plastic bag many years ago. I can't exactly remember how many years but it has also travelled around my garden a little bit to find a decent spot, thus my errors added to its lacklustre existence.

It only started flowering about four years ago with a single spike. Then three the year after. Then 6-7 and then it went nuts with the nearly twenty flower spikes. By now it was placed in the correct position and loving it.

The bulb heads are now quite a lot bigger than the thing I bought in the packet, so much like peonies, they get fatter with age.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 08:49

Splendid pics everyone, thanks for sharing

Love them all

Got a border, have brought some plants, what now!? help

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 21:59

Ditto that nut!


Posted: 05/06/2013 at 21:39

Yes Woodgreen. I adore tulips for being so elegant. I have queen of the night in my Death garden


Posted: 05/06/2013 at 21:37

Oh haha. How wonderful! I mean...thanks for the tip

It's definitely a possibility. They even have foliage changes, I have two Hebe Red edge in the purple garden but that's because the edges are purple, not red

Isn't it also curious how differently we can perceive colour? I swear that my Potentilla Miss Willmott is Salmon in colour but my husband calls it pink...look, it's pink, it's no where near Salmon.


Posted: 05/06/2013 at 21:34

Right there with you Obelixx when it comes to crushing over bronze/rust colours and agree about the rhythm of foliage.



Posted: 05/06/2013 at 21:28

artjak, Hebe was my first port of call but I'm uneasy about introducing too much white into this area and Hebes mostly flower in purple, lavender or white, unless Im mistaken, and purple/lavenders are a bit too romantic for this space.

I have a very formal image in my head, that focuses on structure and foilage. It's sort of my Death garden...but i don't just want a collection of folklore plants to do with death.

I want a visual death. SO my acer trees and hostas give off the most amazing autumn colours and alongside the steely blues foilage of my euphorbias and rusty heucheras and ferns, I'm looking to tame it all with greens. I bought three Box last year that I've been growing on with the idea of having large box balls in the ground but now they are in larger pots looking damn fine, I can't spoil their good looks by sinking them into the ground.

Fortunately, I have three largish Rosemary that I can keep trimmed and do a very nice job of pretending to be grown up box.



Posted: 05/06/2013 at 21:12

I love lots of greens with delicate whites. I also love silvers and blues, especially at the end of the day.

My garden is split into four areas plus a veg plot at the bottom. It's still maturing but this year I made an effort to correct last year's colour mistakes...and bring themes to these spaces.

The top garden already had a lot of mature plants that couldn't be moved so I had to organise around those...taking the blues, whites and soft pinks of flowering shrubs and climbers, I have gathered other pinks to this area. With a splash of yellow foliages, I'm hoping the combinations will be romantic. 

Gathering up the pinks also served another purpose in the middle garden because I want the middle section to be mostly greens. I love formal gardens and I'm looking for real serenity although I have a long way to go. Mistakes are already glaringly obvious here with too much yellow and a severe lack of structure. I am currently researching a compact round evergreen shrub to live in semi shade at the foot of a beastly honeysuckle...any ideas?

I'd also love still water here and I think this area will be my main revamp for next season. The acer tree and hostas are staying though

The latter half of the garden has a lawn area and stoned courtyard...using the term loosely as its still in its infancy.

I have concentrated mostly on purples and white combinations on the lawn side and am pleased with this arrangement although I have yet to see it through the seasons. the courtyard is still a work in progress, I know what I want but I need trellis  fencing and climbers and too much to discuss really, although it will be a lush, shady and very green space. No scary colours and lots of foliage and running water here, if I can ever afford it.

Colour is extremely important in my creative endeavour. I think the plant choices we make really do define the atmosphere in our gardens.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 20:06

What a fantastic effort you make with such a small space. There is a lot of challenge in that!

Summer has arrived

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 15:52

People have different tastes. I had a super bright pink cistus growing in my middle garden that was a rescue job gone nuts. It suited the aspect, I enjoyed its habit and foilage very much, it was even serving as winter protection for a less hardy canyon sage but it was just an awful shade of pink flower.

What made things worse was a nearby orange-red rose that was just too orange against hot pink, so it had to go and you know what..the rose died afterwards

So it could have stayed after all.


I really don't mind pink in the garden, just so long as it doen't get too hot.

Now..Clematis...I'm still learning which ones I like best. I really like the sieboldii and the Alpinas are delightful, but I will have to do my research better.

From your choices, I'd partial to Romantika but not so much the Rouge Cardinal

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