Monthly Archives: May 2014

Cannot see the wood for the trees.

And yet another VERY rainy day, no gardening just a very wet walk round. So here is a view from my bedroom window, now showing only 3/4s of the garden as everything has gone berserk. We seem to have a huge overlap of plants in the garden, still have tulips and bluebells (the horrid Spanish type I’m afraid ) and now have roses and wisteria. Altogether a very confusing mix.

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Still there is not a lot of bare soil around the plants so hopefully not too many weeds.

On a different note, a couple of folk couldn’t understand how my plant supports work. Simple really, place in amongst the plant and twist.

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 This gathers up all the wayward stems.

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I really like the rusty finish, blends in quite well.

Let’s hope tomorrow is a little kinder as I have some friends coming to see the garden….they may need their wellies…but we can always retreat to the conservatory for tea/coffee and cake…….

 

 

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In Praise of Good Service.

Yesterday afternoon I placed an order for some lovely rusty looking plant supports from Plant Supports . They arrived this morning before 9-00.

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    I thanked them by Email this morning and got a nice reply back via mobile, from one of their staff who said that they were at the Malvern Show with their stall, and it was raining. Great product, fantastic service.

   I have been using their Twist supports for about 4 years now, we got them when we visited the Malvern Show back then.

    So now all I need is the rain to stop before all my tall plants flop.

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Blue and White.

Another quite changeable day. Breezy with lots of sun and some huge downpours. The plants are lapping it up and I am sent scuttling to the shed. On my rounds this morning this greeted me.

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My resent purchase from Grey’s Court National Trust. Iris ‘Bold Print’, a perfect addition to the White Garden. Also flowering or putting on a show there are the following…

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Phlox Divaricata ‘White Perfume’  I bought this from Elizabeth MacGregor . I have been buying from her nursery for around 10 years. She has a lovely selection of plants, with a personal service. This phlox is very early and has a really strong perfume.

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Another Plant World Seeds find, Galatites Tomentosa Alba. Not a looker of a flower but I like the foliage.

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Another foliage plant the Hedgehog Holly. Quite slow growing and lethal when you are weeding around it.

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Variegated Soloman’s Seal, always looks a little twisted as it’s growing but sits nicely among the bluebells.

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Elizabeth MacGregor triumphs again Vancouveria Hexandra. At the moment I love this delicate looking plant but somebody in America may put me wise. A gentle ground cover is how it is sold. I have planted it on a pile of rotting logs in the White Garden, slightly shady and moist. It had better stay put and not wander too far.

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Common as Cornflowers are, this is a bit different. It has not seeded ever and has never travelled. I may lift and split it this year as it has sat in this position for about 8 years. The name and label disappeared many years ago.

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And to finish an Auricla not in the garden but in a pot, Auricula Joanna.

 

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After the Rain.

After a lovely welcome rainy evening I got up to a Jungle. I think the garden has grown a foot over night.

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The morning is sunny, not a cloud to be seen……

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……my shoes and my trouser bottoms are wet…..

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……and the rain is still dripping from the trees.

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….but everything looks healthy and fresh….

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…the blackbirds are frantically feeding their young….

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….and all is blooming in the garden….

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….even the sweet peas have put on a spurt of growth….

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….the blueberries absolutely love this weather…..

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…and the alliums simply glow….

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…the shady garden has had it’s welcome rain and starting to reap the goodness…..

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…and last of all today Wada’s Primrose Clematis showing all signs of having a good year….

 

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More Dark Matter.

There seems to be eruptions of one colour and the garden has in certain places took a dark turn.

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      An unnamed Iris, rescued from an abandoned allotment several years ago.

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    Eucomis, looks like a good year. Several more shoots showing too.

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    Thalictrum Aquilegiifolium, I have several with these lovely dark purple stems growing to about 150 cms tall. Always goes quick on my plant stall.

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    Cotinus Royal Purple. Beautiful foliage in early summer and again in the autumn.

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    Heuchera

        Grown from mixed seed from Plant World about 5 years ago, the original is now in my daughters garden and grows to about 120 cms tall. This is a cutting from the original taken last year. A large plant when fully grown and very impressive.

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    Euphorbia Amygdaloides ‘Purpurea’  a little common and slightly invasive, but in the right situation sets off oranges and yellows. I’ve just noticed the tiny coral coloured flowers….. quite cute.

So I wonder what will be the next fashionable colour in the garden. ….Watch this space.

  

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