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Posted: 22/04/2012 at 08:42

I'd like to adopt Nigel!


Posted: 21/04/2012 at 22:06

Actually, this will sound crazy maybe, but what's its habit? Because it could pass for Clematis Montana if it climbs. The leaf colour and shape and that abundance of simple pinkish flowers on stems is strangely familiar. Also, its habit of growth from the centre of the stem reminds me of Clematis, perhaps its not a shrub at all?


Posted: 21/04/2012 at 21:55

Reminds me of a peony although I could be wrong. But it will have a deep tap root if it is, fleshy stalks, fast growth from fat buds in early spring, flowers may-ish (mine did) and various small shrub sizes. Resent moving and need shallow planting to flower well.

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Posted: 21/04/2012 at 21:36

@David K: That's a gorgeous seating area! I especially love all the greenery.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 20:51

@Hollie-Hock, oh to have 260ft of garden! I am jealous of the adventure but not the budget  My two tips are: I beg, borrow or steal if I have to and I always buy ferns in multiple because they are too devilish for me to propagate. Every thing else is a single that gets hacked to near-death to make babies

Keep us posted with your revamp! I love cottage garden style but am too much of a control freak to let things happen spontaneously. I do allow self seeding of some plants such as Sedum, Alchemilla Mollis, Aquilegias (mostly of the time) Alliums always! and some surprises over the years...including one I potted up and neglected for two years before identifying as a Wisteria which I am now training into a standard with the curly stem! I've read it won't flower for 20yrs but hey ho, the standard and foliage will be a treat! Recently, I discovered a rose seedling in with my poppies which I shall pot up with anticipation although I don't know how long they take to flower.

Look forward to updates from all gardens mentioned! Please keep me entertained with plant life! It's always a delight.

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Posted: 21/04/2012 at 19:35

I can breathe again ! Well done

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.

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