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Mary B's Garden

Hi I'm Mary and I have a small sized suburban garden with a mix of evergreens and perennials.I would like to reduce the number of evergreens in favour of more perennials in order to enjoy a bit more seasonal variety. I also have a small vegetable patch where I enjoy growing herbs and salad crops as well as a few favourites like purple sprouting broccoli, peas and beans. I am very fond of Spring bulbs and a few pots of colour around the place in Summertime.

My favouite thing about the garden is it's privacy and the large, old sandstone wall on the northern boundary which is both beautiful and useful for the growing of climbers.


New seeds

26 July 2017 12:25:06

I got a lovely delivery of seeds in the post this morning from Seedaholic. The total cost for six packets of seeds, including p&p, was €13.76. I love the comprehensive information leaflet provided by Seedaholic for each packet of seeds.

These are what I choose:

Geum 'Lady Stratheden'

Dodecatheon 'Shooting Star'

Aquilegia 'Yellow Queen'

Salvia 'Purple Fairy Tale'

Potentilla 'Monarch's Velvet'

Monarda 'Bergamot'

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 26 July 2017 22:07:47

Lovely selection and seeds are the way to go. 

Moya Moya 26 July 2017 22:11:14

They are all lovelY plants and good luck with them.

I adore seedaholic. My only complaint is that the seed packets are not dated.

fraoch fraoch 26 July 2017 22:26:07

They sound gorgeous. Best of luck with them!

Mary B Mary B 27 July 2017 15:34:25

Thank-you friends :)

Good point Moya.

JoanG JoanG 27 July 2017 20:58:08

A lovely selection, have great fun growing them Mary!  I love Seedaholic too and have had good results from nearly all seeds purchased from them.  

DecfromTipp DecfromTipp 27 July 2017 22:45:56

Yep ... me too and a three day service .Great for the veg seeds too . 

Michele Maria Michele Maria 28 July 2017 10:55:06

That company is very well named..their seeds and info. sheets are very tempting. Good luck with the seed sowing. 

My 2017 garden challenge

26 July 2017 11:55:47

In January I set myself a challenge: to enjoy my garden with no new garden centre purchases. One important caveat, I allowed myself buy seeds or bulbs and anything required such as compost etc. 

So far I have easily stuck with the challenge apart from the purchase of one verbena bonariensis and one fuchsia. And I have enjoyed my garden more than ever!

Seed sowing is certainly addictive once you get going but more than anything I have enjoyed the little step back from the gardener-as-consumer end of things.

As an aside, I now have more white foxgloves, hollyhockas and mixed colours penstemons than I know what to do with! So if you are in the Cork area and would like any of these, please just say.


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 26 July 2017 22:09:46

That's was a great challenge and look at the fantastic plants you have and plenty to swop.

Moya Moya 26 July 2017 22:15:42

What a challenge Mary! That is tremendous and well done for meeting it.

I agree with you that the gardener as consumer needs to be challenged and I would love to try that too some day.

fraoch fraoch 26 July 2017 22:24:24

Well done! I can resist everything except bargains!

Mary B Mary B 27 July 2017 15:32:17

Thank-you friends :)

Well Heather you win the prize for best bargain this summer I think!

fraoch fraoch 27 July 2017 18:55:31

Thanks Mary, and if you still have Penstemon in a couple of months, I'd love one. Really don't have space just now.

Mary B Mary B 27 July 2017 19:48:30

I will be delighted to keep one for you Heather:)

fraoch fraoch 27 July 2017 20:11:54

Thanks a million.

JoanG JoanG 27 July 2017 20:56:20

Well done Mary, your seed sowing has been very productive with nice healthy plants, all looking good. 

Leucanthenum 'Banana Cream'

14 July 2017 12:04:08

I love the shade of yellow in this Leucanthemum, and isn't it well named? I think it looks well with Viola 'Dawn' which is the bestest little viola in the world, flowering non-stop all summer.

The third shot shows the length of the border which is looking a million times better since taking out the bamboo in February.

LindaB LindaB 14 July 2017 12:06:48

Yes it is very nice.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 14 July 2017 13:58:51

Aren't all Leucanthemums gorgeous. That's a lovely border, Mary. :)  Nice blue sky too. :)

Mary B Mary B 14 July 2017 15:02:47

We've had a great week of weather Jacinta

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 14 July 2017 18:05:08

A lovely soft yellow and beautiful with the viola.

Jackie Jackie 14 July 2017 19:37:54

Such a lovely soft lemon and yes a fabulous border too. Great week here too Mary

Michele Maria Michele Maria 19 July 2017 10:21:09

Great colours in the sunshine and  on cloudier days too. Enjoy the holidays Mary!

Mary B Mary B 19 July 2017 12:28:51

Thanks Michele, you too :)

A question for Fleurette

17 May 2017 16:29:18

Margot, you very kindly gave me a number of roots and slips at Johnstown, one of which grew into this!

Can you tell me what it is please?

Jacinta D Jacinta D 17 May 2017 20:17:01

Is it a type of Euphorbia, perhaps?

Scrubber Scrubber 17 May 2017 20:17:17

We are all so indebted to margot for her generosity! Sometimes I see a stranger in the garden and just say 'It was probably margot's!'

Fleurette Fleurette 17 May 2017 21:36:10

Mary, it looks like veronicastrum.  A white flower.  Stands very straight and does not require to be staked.  Didn't Elizabeth get some as well?  Strangely, I was weeding round that plant today.  The base gets almighty hard and the root is very tenacious.  I'm off to look for the list ...... no, cannot see the list of gifts " out". Only "in" : those I received  - Viz. viola Queen Charlotte from you.  It's holding its own.  Does it get slug eaten?  

M. Scrubberr - is that because I give you large ignorant chunks?  Or because I am indescriminate?   However,  See my next journal, Monsieur.  

Mary B Mary B 17 May 2017 21:43:42

Indeed we are indebted to Margot for her generosity and her huge knowledge! Thank you Margot!

As far as Queen Charlotte goes, the slugs here have not been so impertinent as to bother her yet :)

Fleurette Fleurette 17 May 2017 22:10:39

Is it a bit like

"Pussy cat , Pussy cat, where have you been?"

"I've been to London to look at the Queen."

"Pussy cat, pussy cat, what did you there?"

"I frightened a little mouse under her chair" 

Moya Moya 18 May 2017 22:33:46

Veronicastrum is just gauwjus and I love it. I am just building up a few plants that I have and hope they will bloom well this year. You are lucky to get that one Mary.

Fleurette Fleurette 18 May 2017 23:32:12

Moya, I'll note that "wee want" on the side of the fridge.

Moya Moya 18 May 2017 23:46:41

Margot, you are so kind - always thinking of others' we wants and fulfilling them.

Bye the way, the local gardening club here are talking about visiting your garden this Summer.....

Fleurette Fleurette 18 May 2017 23:55:44

That's lo vely, Moya.  Well, you will HAVE to be here "on duty"! 

By the way I am off on my big holiday to Scotland with Maghera G. Club 1st week August.  Musical Open Garden on 19th August.  

Moya Moya 19 May 2017 22:16:26

Of course I will come and be "on duty" if they are visiting. It's the most enjoyable "duty" in the world! I hope your trip to Scotland goes well.

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 20 May 2017 16:48:29

Eureka. I had been watching this plant emerge from the soil and wondering what on earth is that. It grew really strong and I still wondered. Having seen the post above penny dropped and yes indeed you did give it to me Margot and it is Veronicastrum whorly leaves and all! Mary B kindly brought it to me so it all fits in. Thanks again for such a vigorous plant which will definitely give me flowers this year.

Not missing that bamboo!

20 April 2017 13:03:44

In February we removed a bamboo which was too big in our small garden. Truth be told, I never liked it much anyway. Finally got round to planting up the freed up space this weekend. With special thanks to kind iers who gifted mist of the plants at Johnstown in January. Delighted now with the result.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 20 April 2017 13:51:02

Looking very well and just love the emerging hosta leaves.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 20 April 2017 16:52:24

That's a nice selection of plants you have there. And like Mary, I'm loving the Hostas.

Keego Keego 20 April 2017 17:37:35

Great to get rid of something that you were not keen on and get space to try new plants. Looks very well and will fill up in no time


Jackie Jackie 20 April 2017 19:19:39

A great area there Mary and you will have lots of nice plants in another few weeks! Good to revitalise areas now and then too!

DecfromTipp DecfromTipp 20 April 2017 19:45:23

I've never had bamboo and hope to try it in the future 

Dick Dick 20 April 2017 23:29:40

Mary getting rid of plants that don't appeal is a good odea and a lot depends on the amount of space you have.


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