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Winter Jasmine

14 November 2017 22:41:28

I was very interested to read that Elizabeth (Liztai) cuts back her winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) hard every year and it keeps on flowering; while others have commented that this plant just doesn't perform for them.

I've had winter jasmine growing along my north facing wall for many years now, flowering reliably every winter with scant attention, just cutting back the shoots that had flowered by about half every year and letting it hang down in a curtain.  By last year it had grown too far out from the wall, with a lot of dead wood behind, and I wanted to make a path through the back of the border, so for the first time I cut it back really severely in summer 2016 though with great trepidation.  I'm delighted with the result: good new growth this year and it's flowering nicely again now.  So I will follow Elizabeth's example in future and cut it tight to the wall every year. 

For those of you who haven't succeeded with it, maybe it can take a few years to get going but for me a large part of the success is in training it along a wall, fence or trellis to make the most of it.  Left to its own devices, it tends to end up in a gangly unruly heap.

Jackie Jackie 14 November 2017 22:49:16

Joan you kindly gave me some a few years back. Like you say it’s in an unruly heap as it was never trained, this I will do now. But I’ve noticed a couple of flowers on it this week for the first time. The other thing is that it’s on my South facing wall!! Should it be North facing?? Is that where I’m going wrong. I need more walls lol. Yours is looking fantastic 

JoanG JoanG 14 November 2017 23:00:53

I think it will grow anywhere Jackie; one of my neighbours had a small hedge of it in full sun. There are not so many plants that will thrive on a north facing wall, so I'm glad to have it for there! 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 14 November 2017 23:43:10

It looks fabulous with the Pyracantha, Joan.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 15 November 2017 08:53:34

It is a very good evergreen climber and lovely to have flowering in the dull days of Nov/Dec. I cut it back every year with a hedge clippers after it has flowered. Joan, love the combination of the yellow flowers and the orange berries, oranges and lemons.

fraoch fraoch 16 November 2017 18:52:49

Gorgeous combination,, Joan. My Jasmine flowers well and I only cut back stems that are coming out too far from the wall.

Addicted to bulbs ... tulips

09 November 2017 23:33:29

Mary, you are not alone in your addiction to bulbs.  They bring such joy every spring that I can't resist either and this year tulip addiction seems to have taken hold.

Here's what I bought for my small garden.  Some are to add to bulbs I already have but most are for new excitement.  Crocus 'Blue Pearl', Narcissus 'Jetfire', Iris 'Katherine's Gold', Allium 'Purple Sensation' (as if I didn't have enough already!), and the following tulips:  'Apeldoorn', 'Apeldoorn Elite', 'Ballerina', 'Curly Sue', 'Jan Reus', 'Gavota', 'Red Impression', 'Sweet Impression', 'Holland Beauty', 'Diamond Jubilee' and 'Spring Green'.

Photos are from last spring's display.  Most of the above are still sitting in our utility room but will hopefully be planted next week.  So what has everyone else bought? Tell us please. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 09 November 2017 23:55:24

I also bought Iris'Katherine's Gold'! Joan. (not included on my list) The alliums are fantastic flowers in May. Tulips 'Apledoorn' come back every year (in my third photo). Tulipa 'Ballerina and Tulipa 'Gavota' will last into the third year. Narcissu 'Jetfire', a great daffodil (my second phot) is a fantastic daffodil, early and a good strong stem. Looking forward to seeing how the other do for you. I love the colour combinations in your two photos.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 10 November 2017 07:59:40

I had T. 'Apeldoorn' a few years ago, but it disappeared somehow. 'Ballerina' is a gorgeous little reliable one and has a lovely shape to it. That's a great selection, Joan. I'll have to go back over my list to see what I got. Most are planted, but I still have some daffs and alliums to plant.

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 10 November 2017 13:30:38

I don't know why I don't record the names of the tulips I plant.....but I have put in about 150 this year. Love Alliums and I too get some more each year. Crocus never work for me think they get eaten by the wildlife!!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 11 November 2017 01:07:38

Gosh Elizabeth! 150!!!!

Liztai Liztai 11 November 2017 23:15:15

You know, I think I bought tulips too, but I can't remember what I bought, and I've only a vague idea where I stored them - knowing that you're supposed to plant them 'late' - hopefully next week won't be too late when I find them!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 12 November 2017 10:11:27

Elizabeth,(Liztai) you have loads of time to plant tulips. I planted some late last January and the bloomed beautifully. If I put bulbs away to plant later I can never remember where they are.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 12 November 2017 10:38:53

I have a  load of what I think are tulips I found when sorting out the herbaceous border and I just noticed they are starting to sprout! They are early ones so I guess they need to get planted soon LOL.

November colour

07 November 2017 21:25:30

I can't believe it's nearly a month since I put up a journal, though I have been reading everyone else's, usually late at night.  Other priorities have taken over from gardening recently, so I'm hoping to get out for a day or two later this week to catch up with cutting back, tying in, dividing, leaf collecting, mulching, tulip planting etc, etc.  I bought loads of tulips this year, some for adding to those in the ground and others for pots, and now is the time to get them planted.

Meanwhile the garden is carrying on with the season and I took a few photos last weekend when the sun came out.  I'm pleased with how well winter jasmine on the north facing wall is coming on since its major hack back last year.  Also making progress, though very slowly, is the witch hazel planted a few years ago in the front garden and this year Mahonia x media 'Charity' is looking better than ever.  

Let's hope we get some more nice days before winter takes hold. 

fraoch fraoch 07 November 2017 21:48:46

Beautiful photos, Joan. Lovely blue sky really sets off the Mahonia.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 08 November 2017 00:02:18

We're having lovely sunny days recently. But the nights are certainly getting colder and colder quite quickly. Great photos, Joan.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 08 November 2017 00:17:55

Joan, three lovely plants. Mahonias are brilliant at this time of year with their beautiful scented flowers. However, witch hazels are my favourite with their fantastic autumn colour iand their spidery flower in February. Beautiful sunny day here today, but cold tonight.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 08 November 2017 15:30:54

Lovely photos Joan!

Jackie Jackie 14 November 2017 07:22:42

Great photos. Yes life gets in the way sometimes but the garden is still waiting. 

Out of season

10 October 2017 20:55:52

I know it's not unusual for primulas to have a second flowering in autumn, but Pulsatilla?  Certainly a first time for me, and there are two more buds coming on it. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 10 October 2017 21:09:55

That's mad!

Your primula looks very similar to P. 'Dawn Ansell'.  It's great to see a few Primroses/Primulas flowering away now as the colour wanes from the summer garden.

LindaB LindaB 11 October 2017 08:45:32

I have a white pulsatilla flowering too, think it is confused!

 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 11 October 2017 09:08:02

That is very unusual and the red is lovely. 

Jackie Jackie 13 October 2017 08:24:43

It's quite a mild October and to get milder! So not surprised to see those surprises. It's a lovely colour. 

Scrubber Scrubber 13 October 2017 18:06:28

The pulsatilla is a fascinating one! at this time. I have primula Florinda out in the bog. Topsy turvy I think!

Scrubber Scrubber 13 October 2017 18:06:30

The pulsatilla is a fascinating one! at this time. I have primula Florinda out in the bog. Topsy turvy I think!

Red and orange

06 October 2017 21:10:56

The red berries came early on our pyracantha this year and it's still looking good, though the blackbirds are gradually working their way from the top down!

A couple of weeks ago I finally decided to take out the Lucifers in front of it, after a third year of only producing one flower on a decent sized clump.  I've replaced them with Crocosmia 'Emily McKenzie' which I hope will do better.  It's a deep orange, rather than the vivid red of the Lucifers, with attractive mahogany coloured markings.  I don't know why the Lucifers didn't do well here; they were not grown too soft and I have seen them looking splendid in other gardens. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 06 October 2017 21:34:33

Can't believe that 'Lucifer' didn't do its thing for you. But the swap for Emily Mckenzie is an excellent choice. They flower much later than Lucifer too, which is very welcome at this time of year.

fraoch fraoch 06 October 2017 22:10:07

Fantastic crop of berries, Joan. The blackbirds must love you!

Fleurette Fleurette 06 October 2017 22:12:29

Sorry to hear that Joan.  However, I would never ever have Lucifer in my garden.  even at 3/4 acre, it is not big enough for that huge bunch of green leaves.  There are plenty of other red flowering plants that don’t swamp their bedfellows.

I have a different red one, named Vulcan. Though not so dramatic, it fits in better.  

And Jackanapes which is lively and bright.  Like “hose in hose” but I don’t know if you can use that term in this instance. 

Now to Emily McKenzie, who always insisted on hanging her head like a shy, no, not shy, but SLY  girl who was busy running away underground and appearing maybe a few years later 3ft away.  I can’t have that and not even see her face!  No!  

JoanG JoanG 06 October 2017 22:19:03

Haha Margot, what have I let myself in for?  Sounds like I may have to prop her up next year. 

Fleurette Fleurette 06 October 2017 22:30:07

Well, the thing is Joan, that all gardens are different and my soil is so very light that plants could for the Olympics here.  Is she not looking up at you now?  She has a very pretty face, but she wasn’t even satisfactory in a vase on the table.  

Your pyracantha is superb.  Such a good feeloing to be planting for wildlife.  Is that a thin tall yew I spy?  

Also I have you on the list for Solfataire.  

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 07 October 2017 08:23:57

The pyracantha always looks fantastic every autumn in your garden, Joan. Better off without Crocosmia 'Lucifer' spreads everywhere and little flower. Your choice of Crocosmia ' Emily Mc Kenzie', a much better plant. Crocosmias have a bad press, but there are some nice ones and well behaved.

JoanG JoanG 07 October 2017 19:00:13

Thank you Margot. I have another spot in mind for Solfataire and would love it. 

Yes that is a golden Irish yew, coming on slowly but nicely.  

Jackie Jackie 09 October 2017 08:03:07

I have C Emily McKenzie and also C. George Davidson. Both good plants. Plus Solfataire from Margot :). Which is travelling the country I see lol Love all those berries and great for colour too. 

LindaB LindaB 10 October 2017 16:49:30

That pyracantha is stunning, berries are great this year!

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