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April in Your Garden

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 18:13

Thanks for the info guys. Its nice to know your gardens as well as yourselves.

I made a mistake about my aspect, its North-West, not South-west a bit like when my driving instructor asks me to make a left turn and I go right

Ah well. A picture of my front patch which I planted up for ease and because its really crappy soil, lots of rubble and I wanted easy shrubs with lots contrast.

 The Cherry tree is desperate for a pruning, that's my backside up a ladder in early summer!  Its as tall as the house! As is the Ceanothus which is famous in my neighbourhood when it flowers in May. I brought a 5litre pot 15yrs ago and the nurseryman told me they can die at planting, so I took a baby and the mummy plant promptly died, and this was the baby *coughs* once! It goes round the corner now!

The front has wallflowers that self sow every year, a massive Hebe and the other side you cant see has Crocosmia, Sedum, Tulips and geranium Johnson's Blue as well as a Buddleia, and a climbing rose! All plants propgated or relocated to the front garden for ease.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 16:16

Can I ask others to share their garden credentials?

I'd love to understand your gardens more.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 15:54

My garden is 100ft long, average three bedroom house width, divided into three garden rooms and an end bit.

I am unsure how to classify my style but I do know that happiness is seeing sunlight on leaves. I must have neatness all year round and evergreen structure is essential. Artistically, shapes, forms, foliage, textures and leaf colours are my design considerations and I aspire to achieve drift/block planting that looks as good as CK and Sissinghurst.

My soil is sandy builder's rubble over clay subsoil and its south-west facing. 

My gardening fault is taking up to two years to place a plant (or stop moving it) because I'm terrible crap at that bit

April in Your Garden

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 15:27

It's mostly been sunny, bright or a quick shower today so I've been landscaping a patch of land at the very, very bottom of my garden that housed my cuttings, compost bins and one large veg bed which I halved for crop rotations. Oh, and stuff that needs to go to the tip, shame on me. My excuse is that I can't drive, but I can dig.

So, I now have a total of six veg beds although the two newest ones need good soil added yet, so I will fill them by next spring with compost and manure. I also dug over half of the paths between the beds to clear the perennial weeds and smooth it all out, (it slopes slightly) and I'll finish it off in the coming week. I don't have anything to make paths yet, but I really can't stand another year of mowing the lump weedy patch. I'll sort out some paving in the autumn probably. . Anyhow, I'm a very happy bunny, hope you guys are also.


Posted: 21/04/2012 at 09:07

Alliums, I am assuming you mean the globe flowered alliums, like sunny and dry. The soil might be too heavy. Allium leaves do die back but only when the plant is flowering, mid summer-ish. I can't tell you more sorry.

I just did a very quick google search and found which looks very useful for reference.

Who else loves the humble sempervivum

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 00:12

I expanded my collecting last year because I love the shape and forms as well as the colours. I take a lot of photos up close and personal as they have a slightly alien look. The common ones do fine all year round with me, but I brought a slightly tender blue type last year that I divided in the autumn and over wintered outside in pots. I should have protected them better because the snowy weather obliterated them, but now I've discovered they are shooting anew from further down the stems, so they're not actually dead, just knocked back. whoop whoop!

spring onions

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 00:04

My spring onions grew lovely last year, but I did sow leeks last year that all grew except one. It got left over winter as a puny thing ready to be pulled out this spring, but now its started growing again!

I have no idea why this happens, I live in South-East UK

Talkback: Growing alliums

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 23:31

@naomi4: Well, if its the globe type like mine, above, they send out lush growth early spring and then the leaves die back some time in June, when the flower spikes are in full bloom or slightly after. Maybe you have an earlier variety than me because right now, mine are still leafy without flower spikes yet   Keep an eye on them.

Why Miss Bateman?

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 22:50

Miss Bateman needs to grow some thorns up her long legs, infuse her petals with venom and maybe develop an insect digesting stomach pouch bit. Well, she needs something to toughen her up! 

I took various clematis cuttings last year and whilst I can't yet identify them because the stupid ink washed off the stupid special labels  If she is among them, I may test her in another part of the garden. More buds have been ruined since I picked off all the eaten ones.

Garden Gallery

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 22:41

@Eddie J: this is inspiring stuff but also what a treat for you!

Yes its backbreaking and budget blowing but in the end, its all your doing! I started with a blank canvas, nothing but a woody lavender, sawn-off fencing and a dodgy lawn. But I had no budget and hard landscaping was a thing of dreams. I'm still missing bits and pieces since my husband is recovering from a three year illness, its also jolly difficult trying to go around mature shrubs with paving slabs or concrete haha.

Anyways, well done Eddie. I'm also a sculptor and love the newest creation.

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