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Burren Homage

17 August 2017 00:33:00

My favourite part of this country is the Burren in County Clare so when i was designing my garden I included not only my Hazel Grove but also a Potentilla area where I gathered as many different Potentilla Shrubs as I could find. They are looking particularly good this year so I'm putting up an album ..... some of them have cross-bred and self-seeded - and all are welcome!

My next step will be to move all the Herbaceous Potentillas I have around the garden to join the collection!

Moya Moya 17 August 2017 01:18:39

That's a lovely idea Hazel. I'll have a look at your album. I have to admit a preference for the herbaceous ones.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 17 August 2017 05:43:17

Gosh, I didn't know you could get such a good array of Potentillas. I love both shrub AND herbaceous ones.

Jackie Jackie 17 August 2017 08:06:03

They look fantastic Hazel. I have a couple here now in flower too. 

Any ideas how to solve this please?

17 August 2017 00:20:23

I have a great big Gaura that i have had for a few years now. It flowers magnificently - but what a mess! It looks like a demented scarecrow and that's on a good day! I've tried various things to try and persuade it to show me its beautifu flowers but it just ignores me and stirs up all the long trailing strands into a veritable Mare's Nest!

Has anyone found a satisfactory way of managing this plant please?


Moya Moya 17 August 2017 01:22:20

I haven't grown it but I think I would take some of it out now from the base to thin it out rather than shearing it to the ground.

Jackie Jackie 17 August 2017 08:10:08

I have a smaller plant of Gaura, only a young one and its in flower now but only just. When I first bought it I had loads of blooms. It got quite raggy earlier in the year and I chopped it back down. Now it has a couple of flowers on it! I too think I would thin this one out and maybe the new growth will produce flowers for next year. 

Hope I did the right thing ...

17 August 2017 00:13:19

A few years ago I purchased a really pretty Prunus Triloba which was a real delight in the Spring. It flowered well the first couple of years but the past two years it was very disappointing. It was also getting too big for its location. so yesterday I set to with the loppers to put some "manners" on it. As I tidied away I noticed that there seemed to be two distinctly different leaves on the tree - and yes, you've guessed - it is a standard grafted onto a different Prunus and the root stock had sprouted from the graft! 

I know its probably the wrong time of year to be doing all this, but I was so upset to see what had happened while I wasn't looking that I set too and removed all the "suckers". Of course this left the tree looking awful - all lobsided and full of gaps - so that meant a serious pruning of the "good" branches.

The photo shows the results.

I just hope that (a) I haven't killed it and (b) that I may see at least SOME flowers next year :-)

Moya Moya 17 August 2017 01:16:06

Hazel, I'm not an expert on pruning but Monty always says Summer pruning is to reduce vigour so that should work out OK. I think it looks fine. I'm not sure about the flowers.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 17 August 2017 05:45:40

I think it should be ok. But you could try giving it a tree and shrub fertilizer maybe, when it's gotten over the shock of the pruning.

Jackie Jackie 17 August 2017 08:17:14

I'm sure it will be fine. I'm interested to see how it transpires though :) 

getting hotter

13 August 2017 01:29:45

I posted earlier in the year the way my original Hot Border had got infiltrated by lots of blue plants. I did a lot of work removing and relocating these plants which created a new Blue Border - not exactly what I wanted but that left huge gaps in the Hot Border.

I went to Bloom with the mission of getting some nice zingy plants but I wasn't happy with the results - then picked up a few more bits and relocated some more and now i can see that the Hot Border is definitely a few degrees hotter than it was!

Through the summer I've been noting some plants in the garden that definitely belong here and the plan is to move them in the Autumn!


Jacinta D Jacinta D 13 August 2017 08:15:14

Looking pretty hot from here. Love your Ligularia.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 13 August 2017 08:36:29

Looking great, Hazel. Yellow combined with red can raise the tempeture.

Michele Maria Michele Maria 13 August 2017 21:34:31

Those yellows and reds really pop...HOT!

JoanG JoanG 13 August 2017 22:26:52

Lovely planting Hazel, you've made a gorgeous border there. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 14 August 2017 00:25:18

I have a mixture of Rudbeckia Goldsturm and some annual Rudbeckias. The annual ones aren't open yet - I'm hoping that some of them might be the lovely brown ones I had last year!

Thanks for all the nice comments ladies!

Something blue or mauve going on ....

11 August 2017 22:49:44

I read Jackie's journal about the transition to the hotter colours in the garden so I took a wander to see if my garden was doing the same - but there is one place where the blue and mauve are still going strong.

The first photo is a lovely Liatris that has sprung up in the Pergola border. I think I may have got it from a .ier at Johnstown but wherever it came from its very pretty!

Taking that photo I spotted the Autumn Crocus beside it - this appeared in the past two days!

And last but not least - my Wisteria has thrown out a few flowers too! Not ready to giv up on the pastel shades just yet .....

Jacinta D Jacinta D 12 August 2017 09:43:43

And of course the colour of your pergola is adding to the lovely shades.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 12 August 2017 13:27:12

Liatris is a great plant, love it. Very early for colchicums, but it has been like that all the way through this year. 

JoanG JoanG 12 August 2017 20:47:49

These colours always blend in with whatever else is flowering, great plants Hazel. 


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