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May In Your Garden

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 17:30

 Waves at Inkadog's amazing gardening friend Zona!

Don't forget to snip some cuttings Inkadog! I would love to see her three acres and hear some of her vast experience in this fascination we all share.

I planted a foliage shrub in my shade border today that has been growing in its pot for one year while I decided exactly where to place it. It's strange how it can travel the entire garden not looking any different from day to day and season to season and then BHAM! I find its perfect spot  

I have enormous difficulty with the design element of gardening because I just can't be rushed to make my mind up, no matter how much I read and research I do although after I had popped to the garden centre again  to pick up my lovely new Euphorbia Silver Swan that I earmarked a couple of weeks back, I managed to discover the perfect planting spot for my hosta Blue Cadet that I'm busy growing on this year as well as marrying my new Euphorbia with a Berberis thunbergii Rose Glow that has been moved three times since I bought it in my bid to find its perfect spot!

As soon as I popped Euphorbia Silver swan onto the full sun border, its red stems immediately matched the Berberis, the foliage being perfect contrasts whilst I know the flowers of both will match incredibly well. I'm really chuffed with this marriage, I think these two are soul mates and along with a nearby Rosemary that has equally appealing foliage contrasts, I have proudly worked out a triangle arrangement for next year in the full sun border.

Hurray! Four plants found their homes/soul-mates today in my garden!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 19:28

Kent has been glorious sunshine all day and it even got quite warm this afternoon, I took off one of my two fleeces

Perennials not growing

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 19:24

I have light soil and I bought my single specimen in the autumn with the intention to grow it on this year. It was planted out and over wintered fine without any mulch. I moved it in early spring and kept a beady eye on it for slug damage, it is now thriving and about ten times its original size. I wonder if they self seed? If not, I will propagate many more from seeds.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 19:00

Had a gardening day at my parents' house today, since the weather finally turned nice. I help them as and when they need to keep things in check, although today I nagged them into letting me come once a week because I want their garden to be as spic and span as mine and they are getting too old to tend it properly.

My dad's a chef so the food was great and came home with some cuttings and bags of horse poo, hurrah! Finally, I can add the poo to my pampas grass mountain and have a mountain of poo instead  and I can add more every time I visit my parents, so hopefully my borders will get a treat next spring.

When I got in, I also found out hubby had been laying a step at the far end of my veg plot which was a wonderful surprise since he suffers from CFS and really shouldn't be up to hard graft but he tries every day to be fully fit again and I adore my new step! The veg plot is really starting to look the part.

After a bit of rest, I worked in my own garden, potting on the cuttings I bought home, some french beans and annuals and then mixed up my various compost bins which includes using the sheers to chop everything into small pieces. Phew, I'm knackered now but tomorrow is another sunny day forecast, so woohoo, more time with the plants.

Garden Gallery

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 18:44

In my garden today! Finally some things that are looking delightful in the sun...



Posted: 10/05/2012 at 22:19

Does the name reflect upon the cat you either love or hate?

May In Your Garden

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 22:17

What a terrible shame

This weather really is ghastly.

Why Miss Bateman?

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 22:11

The late flowering types are less susceptible to wilt. It's in their genes.

I've not heard of fertiliser killing any plant unless it is way too strong on something precious like a seedling, or a bit raw like fresh manure. Too much is not always a good thing, since you get lots of leaf and no flowers.

 I sprinkle bone-meal in early spring and mulch then something after flowering to put on good growth before winter. Clematis are hungry plants so twice a year is probably about right. I'm not sure if I do it correctly, but I do know you shouldn't use a high nitrogen feed during budding or flowering because it lessens the blooms.

Clematis for Breakfast

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 21:20

I've had the same problem with a clematis for two years running, here is the thread I started and the conclusion to my problem

May In Your Garden

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 21:15

@Geoff, enjoy your hols.

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