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Posted: 16/05/2015 at 08:40

Hi all, cloudy rather than sunny in Dorset today. Had a great day yesterday, building a raised bed from the large branches of my oak that had to have part cut down, The tree surgeon had to cut them small so that i could move then  but still could only roll some of them and then upend into the hole I had made. Anyway it look wonderful now it is completed and I am off to the garden center to get some shade loving plants to put in it to add to the ferns I already have.


Posted: 14/05/2015 at 20:18

Evening all. No chance to really get in the garden today as it has mostly been chucking it down. I did however get my two new water butts connected this afternoon so hope it rains all night so that they fill up as they kept getting blown over before they were connected, Wanting better weather tomorrow as planning to spend all day in the garden removing and cutting up all the deadwood my tree surgeon removed from my old oak tree which he thinks will give it a new lease of life. I hope so too, as it is I have enough wood for this winters fire in my log burner and still have enough to rebuild a wooden feature I have in the garden which has slowly rotted,

Talkback: 10 plants for bog gardens

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 20:06
The Gunnera can be huge, try Gunnera magellanica instead it is the smallest and is hardy in North Dorset, Ferns, hostas and sedges also do well as do all Iris Sibirica and Iris Ensata which are no way as thuggish as Iris pseudacorus which will go on a takeover bid. If your bog garden is large you can also try Darmera Peltata but this can also be quite thuggish. Other plants that are not so thuggish are Lobelia like Ligularia Queen Victoria, Trollius and a huge variety of primula.


Posted: 09/05/2015 at 11:25

Native blue bells only have flowers on one side and slightly hang down whereas spanish ones have flowers all around the stem and stand upright so it is very easy to tell them apart. If you are ever in North Dorset do visit Duncliffe woods as they have millions of native bluebells and when in full flower they look amazing. 

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Posted: 09/05/2015 at 10:12

It sounds like I grow anything which is easy to dig up and not let anything set seed. My mother bought a new house in North Dorset and the the council had insisted the the developer put and enormous amount of native hedging in the garden. The hedging not only went around the whole property but also completely covered the front garden and was about 30' across and impossible to cut, as nobody could reach across it and as it was up a 3' bank a tractor could not cut it either. My mother was told that she had to replace any hedge plant that died with the same hedge plant. Luckily we found that the council could only insist with this for 5 years, so we have now thinned the hedge so that it is possible to cut it. So perhaps this 5 year rule will apply to me as well.  

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Posted: 09/05/2015 at 09:48

DorsetUk I have no idea why a London council is insisting that I do this in a private garden.

Nutcutlet ragged robin is pretty but can be a thug if it is happy and so can Fritillaria meleagris as were I live in Dorset at the moment it is now in among all  the daffodils even though the pheasants eat them. Both are however very pretty and I am happy to let them seed around as my garden is large where as the one in London is formal and easy maintenance.

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Posted: 08/05/2015 at 14:56

Are crocus and cyclamen native?

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Posted: 08/05/2015 at 14:54

Thank you Dovefromabove, as I have a pond I can include Sagittaria sagittifolia and Menyanthes trifoliata and Invicta2 tank you for your suggestion as I have now found out that Trollius europaeus is native and can go in the bog garden. I probably can add a few single snowdrops as they are easy to split as well. I think all the rest on the list are pretty much thugs in the right location. I went to a grade 1 listed garden at the weekend which had enormous amounts of wild garlic which is a thug and the whole place smelt of strong garlic, a place I will not be visiting again.

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Posted: 08/05/2015 at 14:42

I have found both sweet and dog violets can go mad. I like the idea of a hawthorn except that its flowers, berries and leaves will all fall in my pond. I am not sure Trollius is a native plant but I will check. 

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Posted: 08/05/2015 at 14:36

To nutcutlet

Soil is neutral to acid London clay. I am only one road up about 300m from the river Thames. Camellias grow well in the soil. Rainfall average and temperatures are normally quite high and frost and snow are quite rare as London is warmer due to pollution I suspect.

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