Woodgreen wonderboy

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Posted: 03/07/2014 at 06:35

I have never lost agapanthus to cold weather but I do cover my 2 large glazed pots with a bin bag which mostly cuts the risk of water logging. Not sure why I do it, but has become a habit. My favourite white varieties are moved into the GH and those in the gravel have to take their chances. They do OK.

Help with identifying plants in school wildlife garden

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 06:26

I live in the New Forest and I believe it looks pretty much like the bracken we have here in abundance. If we are not absolutely sure my vote would be not to take any risks and have it removed. If in doubt whip it out.......


Posted: 02/07/2014 at 21:48

Hi Allium2, It can take a year or so to get the first flowers, and then they multiply. I have some glazed pots with 7 plants in each. I now get in excess of 50 flowers in each.

There is a theory that they like to be planted in constrained, cramped conditions to replicate their natural environment where they grow in rock crevices. However some professional growers I have spoken to have said they are equally happy in open ground. Does anyone else have an opinion on this highly important question/

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 21:25

Please feel free to come and see number 3 when you are next in town.

Help with identifying plants in school wildlife garden

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 21:24

Agreed, Mrs. G., that is definitely not a field maple, well not a bog standard one anyway. Arguably not a wildlife garden type plant at all? Surely unless a wildlife garden is restricted to British wildlife plants and flowers the real value of the learning is lost?

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 21:18

Sorry, but I can't do pictures. went to Waterperry, near Oxford recently. Now in my top 3 of all time alongside Great Dixter ( Christo Lloyds) and ......oh yes, mine!!


Posted: 02/07/2014 at 21:14

Hi I have great fun in my garden with my gravel drives. Every year I tease up loads of Agapanthus seedlings, with great fleshy roots, for potting up, some of which I give away. Today I teased 18 hardy geraniums , and potted them up for the wild flower meadow my friend is creating. I also potted up 24 erigeron daisies which are going in the other direction, i.e. to be planted in the gravel, along the stone edges to soften the look. They love the harsh conditions. Strangely I find it hard to germinate erigeron seeds in normal compost... but left to their own devices they will pop up in the most hostile of conditions. There's a lesson there somewhere, but dare I buy seed to scatter it on the ground?


Posted: 02/07/2014 at 20:54

Didn't you bag some up for your compost heap? great accelerator.

Help with identifying plants in school wildlife garden

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 20:52

I think you should destroy the bracken, especially with little ones about. You could dig it up if it is a small area, or keep it cut to ground level to weaken it to death eventually. During the school hold. a good dose of a strong weedkiller would be my best bet.

Native mixed hedge against a fence?

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 20:46

I too love pyracanthas and have several. Bearing in mind this post is about a natural hedge, they grow very quickly, 4 to 5 feet a year and have viscious thorns which can make maintenance very painful. A few years ago my clothes were shredded when I had to get in and cut them back and the clothes had to be binned. The numerous deep scratches on my arms and legs took weeks to heal. You cannot afford to turn your back on them. I neglected to cut mine back for a couple of years and they were 12 feet tall and beyond my capabilities. I paid someone to take them down to knee level! I await the next chapter in our battle.

I am also a lover of clematis, but as these will weave in and around the other plants how does one trim the hedge without unnecessarily damaging the clematis. Which type are you thinking of?  A montana type looks suitably natural in your hedge but should not be pruned, but left to ramble. This restricts annual trimming of the hedge. You could use the types that need pruning hard each spring, removing annually all the top growth, which will be entwined around and through the hedge.

Someone recently said that the best wild hedge is bramble. An interesting notion.




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