Woodgreen wonderboy

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Native plants

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 10:13

For your " drop dead gorgeous" tree go for Silver Birch, the "Queen of Trees". Buy 3 whips and plant them together in a clump, pointing slightly away from each other, and you will soon have a beautiful multi stemmed specimen, at very little cost, and about which you visitors will ask.." and where on earth did you manage to find that?"

Underplant with anenome blandas, snowdrops, crocuses or some such.

Make sure you give it a position where it can show off in some isolation.



Posted: 09/05/2015 at 10:05

Malvern report....as good as ever if not a bit better. Threatened rain held off, show gardens superb, especially the childrens'. As ever GW didn't feature the latter , and then at the end sat drinking wine in the best in show garden, which in our opinion was the worst in show. ( why does the RHS award best accolades to those with biggest budgets?)

Floral pavilion showed just how lucky we are as gardeners, with dozens of great growers and nurseries showing off great stuff. So overwhelmed I didn't actually buy much. Actually I did buy some alpines to put into the niches/holes in my stumps.

The flower of the show for me is the blue camassia... all over the show... will be buying loads of bulbs in the Autumn to extend my wildflower garden.

A lovely day. Just one word of advice... the entry cost on the first day is not far off double the second day's cost (£39 vs. £22.50). 

growing wildflowers from seed

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 08:36

I am very concerned that you will get a profusion of weeds and your wildflowers will be out competed. Are you against using weedkiller? If so, how will you control weeds?

Annuals we befriend

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 21:11

Cosmos Purity also serves me well each year. So easy to germinate and grow on. Flowers all summer, if deadheaded, and a great foil for just about every other colour and flower bed.

Annuals we befriend

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 08:41

Not an annual, but I have lugged around a Pieris which nearly died in a very hard and late frost in the mid 1980s. I potted up the one small piece left and kept it safe for over 30 years. I planted it out the other day in the garden, and it has never looked better. It must be saying thank you.


Posted: 07/05/2015 at 08:35

Hello all, have just walked around the garden. How lovely and calm after all the winds... and the rains have added jet fuel to all the plants too. Lots of promise to come, as a lull sets in between the Spring bulbs and so on and the later summer beauties. Less than 6 weeks to Opening  and mainly tidying to go now.

Off to the West today, to go to Malvern tomorrow.. Have no great list of things to get.... just to wander and grab what takes my fancy.

growing wildflowers from seed

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 22:40

I think this is much more difficult than it looks. You could get loads of weeds, which will out compete your young seedlings. Are you going to let them grow and then kill them off with weedkiller, before you spread your seed?

I have gradually developed a wildflower plot with small plants such as primroses and cowslips... bulbs such as fritillaries (pre grown in pots as well) small narcissi, orchids, anenomes, daisies ( which do seed around very easily. All of this into an established lawn, which grows poorly and is only mown at the end of the summer. First up are snowdrops, planted in the green. I intend to add camasseias next.

Don't expect overnight success. I have taken 10 years plus so far.

Good luck either way.


Posted: 06/05/2015 at 17:13

Did you repot in new compost? If so it will have feed. If not, it will be hungry.

recommendations for lawn fertilizer please

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 17:10

I think it may be lack of water. We had a long dry spell here, before our recent rains. I did some small repairs about 8 weeks ago and they struggled too.

I love the Royals......

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 07:46

Don't be unkind to Prince Charles... he wants to run the Government, all on his own. No more need for tedious elections. What could be better?


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