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Posted: 11/08/2014 at 16:54

Lots of showers today so gardening put off to Wednesday. Wizzers tomorrow with the W.I.  


Posted: 11/08/2014 at 07:22

Hello all, hope to get some gardening done today after a bit of work on the recipe book. Getting near the end now. Whoopee.

Recommend me a tree please

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 21:14

If you like silver birch try to get a multi-stemmed one. A cheap way of achieving this is to take 3 whips and plant them as a bunch, with the whips splayed out , of course.

This will be a stunner and try to use it on its own. Don't crowd it out, as you will lose the effect.


Posted: 10/08/2014 at 20:59

I do find that some pods seem to mysteriously disappear, looking as if they break off. I have also collected the brown pods, the seeds are quite large and black. My best success come each year with those that germinate on their own in the gravel driveway, Very easy to tease up and they have fleshy white roots which are easy to pot up. They will seem to disappear over winter, but don't despair this is normal, and they will reappear. The thin leaved varieties are herbaceous. I think you may have your first flowers in year 3 if you are lucky. The larger/thicker leaved varieties are evergreen and more tender and need to come indoors. I haven't collected seeds from these yet, but will be looking this year. The blooms are fantastic.

Recommend me a tree please

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 20:49

3 small/medium trees, my favourites;-

Acer Griseum, paperbark maple, slow grower

Malus "Evereste" masses of white/pink blossom, good autumn colour and loads of crabs for the birds in winter

Prunus Serrula, great bark, often called the "Sheraton" tree as bark is smooth and shiny like antique furniture.

Are you finding this is a poor season?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 08:19

The early start to the season (no late frosts, ground water high and warmth) plus the high summer  heat and almost complete lack of rain here in Hampshire has meant a lot of things were very early and then went on hold. Today's downpour may just kick start everything back into action. I hope so. 


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 23:45

Does testacea like it damp?


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 21:59

Thanks Verd. , I was very taken with the colours. My terrace has stone with a bronzy hue and it is edged with red bricks. Should go well and soften the overall effect.

The blue of the festuca will sit well at the foot of the silver birch. The spot is a bit shady but will see how they do.


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 21:45

Hope to do some pictures when planted up , and with Gg's help.


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 20:51

Hi Staceydoc. I went to Knoll Gardens today, which is not far from here. A beautifully laid out garden, showing off the grasses the nursery specialises in. The owner claims to be the country's leading authority on grasses, and has 10 Chelsea golds to his name.

I decided to plant up my 2 new raised beds on the terrace, which encircle an ash tree and a silver birch, with grasses rather than the alpines which was my first plan. Carex Testacea around the Ash and Festuca Elijah Blue, the birch. I will put the alpines in the new troughs and sinks, perhaps with a grass or two, which will give me an excuse to go back to Knoll again. Hehe I don't think I have seen grasses used so imaginatively. 

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