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sea holly

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 11:36

Root disturbance is when you rip a plant out of the ground. It's had room to spread and tangle up with other plants underground. A pot is a contained environment, so long as you are gentle, the plant won't even know its gone in the ground.

March in your Garden

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 22:36

Well March is finally here and I'm...cautious.

I have fence posts and gravel boards sitting on my patio waiting to rebuild part of my fence that is wobbly. Next door is kindly helping with the heavy machinery and manpower but not until the frosts are over.

Luckily, the planting near the wobbly fence is mature enough to withstand heavy footprints or has been purposefully left fallow...for next year's planning I guess.

Although part of my 100ft garden is very mature, the rest is only recently cultivated so gaps are an issue. I've been seriously planning since 2010 so the saying "first year sleeps, second year creeps, third year leaps"  will be of relevance to me this year.

Of course I can't help moving design flaw is that I can't really visualise until its growing in the ground, although I do learn from my mistakes, which is why I have spent the last six weeks meticulously planning my borders and am taking a delivery of some more landscaping materials at the end of this month to build two retaining walls and a paved area. I'm also heaping 18 bags of bark onto the soil as its thin and not yet as well nourished as I would like.

I wish I'd spent the last twenty years making compost, but I didn't. I've done a lot of things round the wrong way really, the hard landscaping seeming to go in last because I never used to have the money to make large orders, whereas a wee plant only cost a few quid.

sea holly

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 22:10

Eryngiums certainly don't like root disturbance but the method of propagation that is use doesn't stress the plant ( the potted plants are mounted on mounds of sand and left to mature before root cutting are taken from outside the pot, in the sand mounds, which are easy to move).

They produce very long tap roots, like carrots and parsnips, so a deep pot is advisable and they like sharp drainage so put plenty of grit in with your compost. They will happily establish in a pot before you have to worry about planting, although they dont do well if left potted for an eternity.

I moved a Eryngium a few years back which was sickly in the wrong place and it recovered well and is now a monster in the right place, but I wouldn't recommend doing this out of habit. They don't really like it because all their root is in one basket so to speak and yes, they need support topside to reward you with the finest displays.

MOB rants

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 23:12

MOB rants

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 22:47

I'd like to turn the tables and suppose that my neighbours were moaning about me...

"Well who does she think she is? All posh with her garden, trying to out do us all.

 She spends all her time in that garden and must give the plants better care than her family. They grow uncomfortably large for my liking and overhang a lot whilst the sound of all that mowing drives me bonkers. Whats wrong with a bit of concrete for heaven's sakes? 

There's wild animals everywhere, not to mention she's always asking to borrow the ladder or the saw or something to do with her gardening. She makes it seem like its really important but I just don't get what all the fuss is about.

And I bet her husband doesn't get a look in, poor sod, mind you, he's not missing much. She looks a right mess most of the time out there in her wellies come rain or shine. I've even seen her eating the stuff she grows straight off the plant like some caveman would do!

Really, I don't know what she sees in those plants, it's not like they  do much, just don't talk to her about them or she will bore you senseless!"

my pictures

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 22:17

Fabulous garden! Thanks for sharing

Talkback: Top 10 plants for a dream garden

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 10:54
Moist soil eludes me,thus bog plants are a big fat no-no.

My dream garden would definitely have a natural spring and Asian influence.

Exciting times

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 08:41

3yrs later? Well done for being so patient!

February in Your Garden

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 21:48
Rambling Rose wrote (see)
 No doubt will start with secateurs and end up with a saw! Does anyone else have that problem? 


Spring is definitely arriving here in the South East. Even if we get cold weather back, the days are noticeable longer, the birds are perking up and buds are popping.

My soil is sandy, so I can dig with ease any time of year but need to feed and mulch like its going out of fashion.

Jobs today included dividing a large fern, moving the last bare root rose in the wrong place and oh yes...I found my missing Tulips in another bed. I had totally forgotten where I planted them, luckily, its pretty established and not one I usually end up treading all over in ignorance. Lets hope they look okay.

Tomorrow's jobs include taking delivery of some replacement fencing, the last of the heavy pruning...with a saw and I still need to design two beds that were a bit of a rush job last year because I have all these potted plants that need proper homes and end up saying, "oh that'll do there". Making more work in the following seasons when I decide I hate it.

So, this year's philosophy is to not stress over gaps in the borders but feel excited about eventually finding the perfect plant, how ever long it takes.



Really need some help, badly!!!!

Posted: 16/02/2013 at 10:07

Even if you get your stuff returned and it turns out to be a huge mistake, it's still an very stressful start to what should be an exciting and glorious have my sympathies but take could always be worse.

Aquiring the land is a blessing  -there's a 10yr waiting list in my area- and plants will grow without luxury, and yes you do require some essentials but other than that, I wouldn't pour money into your plot but rather your time and attention. 

Security is the number one issue for allotments across the country, for those invited or otherwise. 

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