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17 March 2017 23:42:58
This epimedium is spreading into a nice clump in the front garden. It's a good foliage plant all year and I'm delighted at how well it has flowered this spring. They're great ground cover plants for shade, though I have it in an open spot which does get a little sun.
Thank you Fran, I just love it!
27 February 2017 21:41:36
Elizabeth posted on Saturday about her lovely Scilla messianica which was so gorgeous that I can see myself placing an order! The other one she thought it might be was Scilla tubergiana mischtschenkoana, which I have here.
I bought some bulbs of this a few years ago from Heritage Bulbs and am thrilled with this lovely ice blue scilla. It bulks up nicely; I now have two pots of it and have given two more pots to a friend. Big name for a small flower and it's a little sweetie.
20 February 2017 21:27:28
When looking back at garden photos last week, I found one of the collection of spring bulbs bought last autumn. Ok, I remembered where I planted the tulips and daffs and the blue pearl crocus, but where did I plant the orange crocuses? Racked my befuddled brains but could not think. Walked round the garden but no clue. Where could they be?
A few days later I got the answer when the first of them popped open in a pot with Iris reticulata and a few daffs to follow. Nice combination, I thought!
Of course you'd never forget where you planted bulbs, would you?
18 February 2017 21:43:16
Had a really enjoyable afternoon in the garden yesterday, cutting back penstemons, tidying up and pruned roses. It was mild and the sun came out for a while, which made all the difference to the crocuses and other spring flowers.
Hope you all get chance to enjoy your gardens this weekend.
30 January 2017 22:21:17
After years of trying to tread carefully in the back border to tend to plants, I've decided to run a stepping path of paving slabs through it for better access, and taking the opportunity for a partial revamp of the planting in this area.
In late summer I drastically cut back the winter jasmine on the long north-facing wall which had got so overgrown. It will take a few years for it to re-flower properly though we have had some flowers this winter. I've moved a few plants and bulbs and dug out the squares; hoping to get the path laid (with some help) later this week or early next week. Then I have a new tree to plant and will probably refresh some other planting as the year goes on. Will keep you posted.