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Ooh ooh so excited!

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 15:53

I love Hebes Kate, so easy to grow and I have a few that I can propagate from  

I will also check out figrat's options and certainly propagate the Vb. I have this in two locations in my garden and I'm lucky to have a large selection of shrubs and perennials that I can make more from (already eyeing up my Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii in the opposite border because I like repeats and wave plantings.

I've always wanted a smoke bush but didn't have a location before now, so maybe one of those. 

The really daunting part is making the right choices with the bones, because those are this things you have to live with and work the rest around. I think if you get the bones right, the rest comes with time.

Making my mind up will be the hardest part.

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Posted: 25/04/2012 at 15:42


Ooh ooh so excited!

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 15:20

Yes, I am impatient and have a tendency to shift mature shrubs around which is easy to do on my soil.

I did consider after writing this post, that I have a full sun section in my front garden but I never planted with purpose there. Most of the shrubs were put there because the soil was so bad (Ceanothus and Buddleia) or to give them a temporary home until I worked out where I wanted them. but they grew too large to move. 

I will try to take my time getting the bones of the border worked out first. That will take a year at least with me, budget wise as well as making my mind up

Why Miss Bateman?

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 15:11

I inspected my clematis today and found a fat earwig, bottom's up inside one of the buds! What a cheeky thing, it didn't even stop munching when I removed the flowerbud into a pot and took it some place else.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 14:47

Clearing here. garden is a bog but the skies are bluish

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Posted: 25/04/2012 at 14:45

hahaha. Cat looks so happy.

Ooh ooh so excited!

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 14:42

My garden is North-West facing which means the entire right side from the back door is unlimited sun (unless shaded by mature plants) and yet, I've never got round to cultivating a full sun border.

What sun worshipping plants I do enjoy are in the hot spots of my shade borders of which I have four, so you can see my excitement, having rearranged my veg plots to the very bottom patch, I now have a rectangle border measuring 19ft x 7ft in the middle garden, running from a rose arbour to a large Pampas grass. It's a blank canvas and the soil will be very poor quality and yet I am terribly excited, to work with full sun on sandy, free draining soil.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 12:49

I can't stand it any longer! Pulls hair out. Puts on gardening coat...wellies...zips up.

 "I am just going outside and may be some time".

Seeking help identifying my soil type

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 12:40

It's very useful to know the ph of your soil but personally I don't think its absolutely essential unless you are thinking of growing specific plants/veg. What is essential is your environmental observations.

Remember that alpines like a lot of grit because they hate to have their necks in the wet (which is why gravel is used) and very free draining soil so they don't have soaking wet feet. I'm no expert on Alpines or any other gardening subject, just a keen reader and gardener and as much as I can sympathise with your impatience to see results, those results won't be long term unless you take care of your soil.

In my experience, gardening is not so much about making plants grow but stopping plants from dying by providing their natural habitats as much as possible, keeping on top of pests and diseases and being good to the soil. 

P.S two soil tests I saw recently from Monty and Jo on GW programs. Firstly Monty squeezed a handful of soil to test its texture, but then he threw the lump on the floor and if it break up easily, its not too heavy. Secondly, Jo put some soil in a jam jar, adding water and the lid, then gave it a good shake and left it a few days. the clay sinks to the bottom, the middle section is the sand/grit, them the water and the floaty bits are the organic matter. You can get some clue as to the condition of your soil this way


Posted: 25/04/2012 at 12:07

What cultivar is it? Although sometimes that hardly matters...

I have two Ceanothus. The first, Treewithin is planted against a south-facing wall and is 15yrs old (thereabouts). It was a cutting in a tiny pot and got planted in builder's rubble. Apparently they like it mean and hot so I was lucky, but make sure you have the space, this was last year, after its flowered this year, is getting hacked back width wise if not height.

 The second was bought for the back garden as ground cover but its hardly turned out to be so. It's topping my five foot fencing and is just as wide. The labels must have been confused because I had to remove a Rosemary and sage bush last year and this year it will also get hacked back after flowering. (I would post a picture but its telling me my file is too large)

Suffice to say, Ceanothus are not supposed to bounce back from hard pruning, but both mine are sprouting from very low wood so I don't think there is a problem.

I would recommend that you check your cultivar for proper care/placement

 This was 2010


 And very early this year. It's going to get a trim after flowering!

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