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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.


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!

DeclanfromTipp DeclanfromTipp 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 :)


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