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Woodgreen wonderboy

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Posted: 17/09/2014 at 22:29

Hi, have now planted my grasses and Gardengirl will help me with posting a picture later.

I planted Panicum "Warrior" which is tall with green and purple foliage and purple flowers in the centre of the circular bed. Then a circle of Pennisetum "Cassians Choice" which is a bit shorter and with green foliage turning yellow in autumn. The outermost ring is Carex Testacea, recommended by Verd. It is short and green/orange changing colour subtly as the seasons change. I will add Rudbeckias and verbena bonariensis later.

The whole outlook at the front of the house has been transformed from a tired and disjointed bed to something with more style, movement and form, even if I do say so myself .


Posted: 16/09/2014 at 15:21

Off to choose grasses etc for stumps tomorrow, so thanks for all the advice and support. Going to Knoll nursery so will be spoilt for choice. The owner has 10 Chelsea golds for his grasses! 


Posted: 15/09/2014 at 15:35

Oops, forgot to thank Verd. for the advice on Testacea. It will definitely feature in my grasses scheme. Lots of tall b******* and testacea as a smaller partner.


Posted: 15/09/2014 at 15:33

D'Damsel, those are pictures of my beds earlier this year. When did you sneak in and photograph them?

Seriously it gets to the stage when only a good clear out, saving the best in pots and giving it a good dig over, will do. I have done this to several beds and I now have my new terrace, my stumpery and some new beds/colour schemes. More going on as we speak too. Earlier this year I was a bit down about being overwhelmed, until I decided on drastic measures. Now a happy bunny. 

Weedy bed = ....Freshly dug bed = 


Posted: 15/09/2014 at 08:39

Good morning all.Clearly a bit of a mixed weekend for some of you and my hopes for better days ahead for you.

Offline  yesterday on a very,very,very long coach trip to" Ironbridge" with a local club. Good fun, interesting but exhausting. 9 hours in coach, 5 hours at attraction.

Will dig over roundabout bed today. The soil is dry and dusty so will add loads of MPC rather than my own compost. Fewer weeds. Some roots to dig out too. Now have another large stump from a friend who found it locally. Can't wait to choose the grasses, and will add some colour too. Yellow/orange probably. Maybe a few ferns in the holes in the stumps. Will plant now rather than spring to get autumn and winter effect, frosts etc.

Up and at 'em.

Dinner Party Guest (who would you invite?)

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 08:24

2 Christophers, Lloyd and Hitchens, Nigel Slater to do the cooking and Keith Floyd can be sommelier.


Posted: 13/09/2014 at 07:57

Good morning everyone, very grey here but sunshine is always just around the corner.. Cricket club fete today, which was rained off on the bank holiday. 

Greenhouse now emptied out and cleaned and today my tree stumps/roots arrive for the roundabout bed, which has been cleared.Very excited about creating a bed with only grasses. .

Have a good one everyone


Posted: 12/09/2014 at 22:11

Well done Verd. Were you PC 49 in an earlier life. Did you clip 'is ear?


Posted: 12/09/2014 at 08:53

Hi Verd. Bought some double trouble only this week. Very impressed.


Posted: 11/09/2014 at 22:35

Doing my best Chicky, and also introducing a new yellow theme. With all the digging I shall be disappearing altogether.

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