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Woodgreen wonderboy

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Posted: 08/10/2014 at 17:13

Yes Gg I plant it all. I call the roadside verge the "front-front" to distinguish it from the "front" garden.... It needs some tidying at present. There are 7 (I think) cherry blossom trees, all the same, and I need to cut back other stuff to enable them to stand out.


Posted: 08/10/2014 at 15:00

Thanks Gg ... I bought some at Malvern which I am going to underplant my Geranium Roseannes, and also, if any left over in my new "yellow" border. They will flower a bit before most of the yellows I think but it will get the border started, and I can cut them down to tidy. Can't remember the variety at the moment but will check when I get them out.

Today I planted my Asters from Picton Nursery with some Chrysanths and 3 Hydrangea Paniculata. In front of them , a Cristo Lloyd moment, is a drift of orange pokers. Jars beautifully.

Chicky, wish I could come to see Cleve. I wish BBC would give him some air time...running GW perhaps. Time for some new blood. He is a fav. of mine.

Just remembered that someone, quite a few days ago so I can't find who, said they were going to plant their rose "Complicata" in a pot. I have this one, which I saw in profusion at Mottisfont, and it is HUGE. It has loads of arching stems which stretch up to about 7 ft. and then sweep down to the ground. It really is my largest rose. 


Posted: 07/10/2014 at 22:14

Liri, the main difference in my gardens is that each has been bigger than before. Please remind me not to move again.


Posted: 07/10/2014 at 10:52

Liri, I haven't experienced much in the way of climate differences and when I was in driest Essex I doubt if I knew any different as that was the garden I cut my teeth on.

Main difference has been in soil. Always alkaline but varied from stiff clay in Sussex ( brick making became a sideline) to relatively light here. Even that can be a b****** to dig at times of drought. Not very good for roses but some seem happy enough.

My soil and clime are relatively benign so I haven't had the challenges you have faced and don't know how, or if I would have coped. I always think gardening is 70% motivation, 20% knowledge and 10% luck. Not forgetting 15% perspiration too. Never was any good at sums.


Frikartii Monch

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 10:29

Thanks, Hopefully I can get 5-7 and save at least 3. However I will probably see how my planting goes and may leave the spaces.Then split in the spring, which we all know is just around the corner!  This particular plant has to look after itself. I basically neglect it and it still catches the eye of anyone passing.


Posted: 07/10/2014 at 10:16

Good morning all, the recent  rain is most welcome here and always assuming (brave boy ) that we get some dry spells as well, we are now well set up for autumn digging and planting. This fabulous gardening year goes on.

I am going to a local dahlia nursery today to see them in flower, and may buy some goodies. Or at least make a note for now. Watch this space..

Frikartii Monch

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 10:05

I am planting up a freshly cleared border with asters, and have a Monch in a large pot which I now wish to split up into 3-5 plants to put out with my newly acquired others.

The official advice is to split in Spring, but I am impatient to plant up everything now. Can I split the Monch now.


Posted: 06/10/2014 at 22:49

Gg which alliums did you get? I bought some at Malvern which should go in now. Best not to hang about, apparently.

Yvie..... I grow my cammassias in pots. Bought some new white ones, again at Malvern, to add to my collection. When I had them in the ground they were in the way of other stuff later in the year. Do love them, though.


Posted: 06/10/2014 at 10:32

Back to reality and a good dowsing this morning after trip to "Doveland". Went to East Ruston and Beth Chatto's. Both are a real treat. East Ruston is as good as everyone makes out with more and more colour as you near the house. Lots of interlocking spaces so lots of surprises as you turn each corner. Everyone should make the effort to see this garden at least once. I think I would like to see its Spring magic next time.

30 years since I went to BC's and basic structure unchanged. Gravel garden looking great. It must have been quite new all those years ago. My eye was taken by a fantastic eucalyptus tree. I have lots of gravel.... mmmmm... sound of thinking!!

I have learned a lot about the use of grasses so may get some more, and weave them into my current beds....and perhaps in gravel...

Tomato Blight

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 20:20

Is tomato feed based on seaweed. Could this be the source of the saltiness, if you used a lot?

Also for me blight always affects my crop, I don't bother anymore. I even had blight on supposedly blight resistant varieties e.g. Ferline from T&M.

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They are much better microwaved for about 3 mins., turned over, mw for 3 more mins. Lot less bother than boiling . Keep flavour and scrunch. 
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