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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.


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!

Deckyoshea Deckyoshea 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.

Big day ahead!

23 February 2017 13:21:23

Today I am getting some major help in the garden to remove some terrible old wild ivy and cut back bigger shrubs at the back. I have decided that the bamboo is for the chop too. I know some of you will be appalled at such wanton destruction but I never really liked it and in a small garden you can't afford any passengers!


Dick Dick 23 February 2017 17:01:04

i think you are doing the right thing, Mary. The plant can take over the place.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 23 February 2017 17:16:05

No point in growing things you don't like. I think that you are right getting rid of the bamboo and make sure you get all the roots and suckers before you plant anything else.

Mary B Mary B 23 February 2017 17:55:56

Job done and I am happy but slightly traumatised by men with chainsaws tramping around my garden!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 23 February 2017 17:56:54

Where needs must!  It's got to earn its keep in a relatively small garden. So, I agree with you getting rid of the offenders.

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 23 February 2017 18:50:10

been there done that, all soted and im well happy, you will be too

Jackie Jackie 23 February 2017 19:45:29

Good for you Mary and you wont know yourself. Now you can get on and start planning!

Scrubber Scrubber 23 February 2017 23:20:24

There comes a tide in the affairs of men...and ladies when to chop and slay is indeed a kindness. Out with the old and in with the new. Enda kenny might not agree! Your garden will be so much brighter and fresher and airier and lovlier.....and the memory of those chainsaw weilding men will vanish! well done

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 23 February 2017 23:26:33

Sounds like a real opportunity to redesign!!!! 

fran m fran m 24 February 2017 08:03:33

Go for it ;)

Mary B Mary B 24 February 2017 10:54:41

Thank you all :)

JoanG JoanG 24 February 2017 20:41:15

Agree with you all the way Mary.  That lovely stone wall deserves nicer plants than ivy! Enjoy redesigning and planting. 

Some more plants for Johnstown

06 January 2017 12:21:33

I've been racking my brain to think what other plants I could offer you tomorrow. I have a lovely princess Alstromeria 'Diana' and another which may be 'Fabiana', or at least close to it in colour. If you would like a piece of either, it would be no problem for me to dig up a bit.

Also 2x Japanese anemone (white) 

Gerby Gerby 06 January 2017 16:37:55

Moya can I have white anenome please? 

Please feel free to take another look at my list


Mary B Mary B 06 January 2017 17:41:29

Certainly Geraldine!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 06 January 2017 19:04:43

Can I be greedy and ask for a bit of each of the Alstromerias please? I love them and am quite new to them!

Mary B Mary B 06 January 2017 19:42:56

Not greedy at all Hazel, I am delighted that you will take them :)

Johnstown plants

05 January 2017 22:07:03

I didn't think I would get to Johnstown on Saturday and so have little to offer but i do have two nice little Viola 'Queen Charlotte' for anyone who might like them:)

Picture is from the web.

Fleurette Fleurette 05 January 2017 22:09:58

Yes please, Mary!  Look really lovely. 

Mary B Mary B 05 January 2017 22:44:39

Delighted Fleurette :)

 Has a great scent too!

Jackie Jackie 05 January 2017 23:53:17

Mary could I take one too please. I have a list too. It's further down. Also I've a plant for Elizabeth that I could give you if that's ok. Thanks. Look forward to seeing you Saturday. 

Mary B Mary B 06 January 2017 00:15:47

Yes of course Jackie :)

Jackie Jackie 06 January 2017 07:09:47

Thank you Mary 

Gertrude Jekyll and friends

20 July 2016 14:45:19

SurEly Gertrude Jekyll must be one of the most beautiful roses of all, colour, shape and omg the scent! If I had any complaint it is that she is very very tall, up to 6ft in my garden which makes sniffing challenging.

Along with Gertrude today are a happy poppy called 'Pink Fizz' and a lovely flower called Tigridia Pavonia, which I am just mad about.

JoanG JoanG 20 July 2016 23:07:34

You're right Mary, Gertrude Jekyll is a fabulous rose and the scent is divine.  I have mine about 4 years and find that with hard pruning I can keep it to 4-5 ft tall but maybe as it gets older that will be difficult.  Love your Tigridia too! 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 21 July 2016 00:19:59

Dying for my Tigridia to flower - no sign yet!

fran m fran m 21 July 2016 07:07:43

Lovely photos ;)

Jackie Jackie 21 July 2016 07:36:22

All looking great. Must check my own Tigridia as they usually 'appear' before I even know they are there. Lovely flower on them. 

Dick Dick 21 July 2016 20:21:23

Lovely rose Mary. No sign of black spot.

PeterW PeterW 21 July 2016 20:25:26

Looking great Mary, your Dahlia Mambo is doing great here...

Mary B Mary B 21 July 2016 22:23:46

Thank you all for lovely comments :)

Peter I'm glad Dahlia Mambo is doing so well for you, sure it couldn't have gone to a better home!


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