28 June 2012 19:20:54
Well I love ferns and I know there are many other admirers out there. Now I know you might think that one fern looks pretty like the next and there's not much variety but I dare anyone to look at my new photo albumn on ferns and not tell me theres a vast difference between many ferns.
Now of course it's hard to tell the difference between one fern and another sometimes unless you label well or are an expert but once you have them together you can often see the subtle differences between them.
Last year I created a fernery to display many of my ferns to good effect now I find i could nearly do with a second one as I've run out of space in it but not my enthusiasm for collecting them :)
If you haven't any ferns in your garden then try at least one there dead easy low maintenance and in the right spot will reward you for most of the year .. expecially for those damp dark spots people always seem to have...
Just to say I know there were site issues but to load the photos in the album was an adventure for the whole afternoon... school holidays tomorrow.. having a stiff drink tonight to brace myself :D
24 June 2012 00:11:02
I was going to do a long journal about my shady bed and big leafed plants but wore out visiting journal so a quick one. I noticed this today in the garden (before it rained) and though it looked good it was stunning in Oliver Shurmanns garden last year at bloom. Although I had bought it from Mount Venus a couple of years before that..
then when I went to my plant database to check spelling I noticed I'd missed it completely and didn't have it listed.. although this has happened before I'm ashamed to admit LOL
See everyone who's going to Hazels tomorrow I'm not prepared at all will have to get the finger out not sure what to bring or what others have but will bring a few bits and bobs maybe.
22 June 2012 17:46:50
I got this Peony about four years ago from Robert in Altamont it has always flowered but it has been slow to bulk up (this may have to do with me I dont know) this year it has two flowers and is standing out in the border along with my pink Papaver orientalis 'Raspberry Queen' one of several papavers looking good now. I noticed Carol Kleine talking about it on GW last week funnily enough.
21 June 2012 14:42:37
last years open day
Sorry I have been missing off the site for a while between being unwell (again) and trying to get things done I haven't had the time to get on. Trying now to get as many big jobs done before the kids are off at the end of next week. It's hard to believe that mis summers day has gone it didn't feel like the longest day of the year last night I can tell you, :D
Anyway the rain is making masses of stuff burst out especially the shady garden where all the big leafed plants are doing brillantly my gunnera is very large, as are my rheum, darmera, several ligularias etc...
Myexotic bed has just been planted up last year the week before my open day I planted everything out in glorious sunshine and that day was such a hot day too it worked out perfectly of course and the next day it lashed.. anyway it's good to think back to how well it went although I think this year i would not have been up to the work needed.
When/if I get time I hope to put up a couple of albumn I have spent a day classifying and photographing my ferns. Also lots of things now flowering and looking good although I dont have the time or inclination to be putting up a journal every day, there is something new that catches your eye every day now.
Anyway I hope to try to get to Hazels and Elizabeths open days.
14 June 2012 00:04:07
Papaver orientalis 'Beauty of Livermore'
Inspired by Frans poppy pic decided to put up my own love the way this branches five flowers at different heights :-)