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Decisions Decisions

06 October 2017 08:17:22

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Yes and where to start!

Lately I've been thinking I need to change some things in the garden as it becomes choc a bloc with plants! Things need moving around, replacing or getting rid of too!! I've come to the stage where now I find some plants........dare I say ....boring!! 

So with that in mind I have noted some plants that are no longer of interest to me and they will be going!! This week has been an absolute beautiful week for the garden, bar Wednesday! So each day I've been out looking to see what will be staying and what will be going. Also moving around a few plants that are in 'the wrong place' 

The thing about doing this is that you then find hidden treasures underneath. Like this lovely little Primula. Hidden under a Shrub which would never be seen if I hadn't taken it out. Or find another little poppy like this almost black one, again hidden away. I will keep all the great annuals each year and definitely Cosmos are here to stay as they put on a show right through until the first frosts  

I need to be ruthless....to a point. And then look around at my plants in waiting and release them into the wild so to speak. I want to keep the character of the garden but try to enhance it that little bit more for next year :) 

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Jacinta D Jacinta D 06 October 2017 08:46:28

I love the colour of that Auricula.

Jackie Jackie 06 October 2017 11:42:24

First of many I hope. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 06 October 2017 13:17:22

I moved all my auriculas to the planter along by my large shed and they seem to be very happy. I understand Auriculas like to be (a) out of direct sun, (b) not waterlogged - so the new location fits both criteria. the third benefit is that they are up nearer to eye level so I can enjoy them more. You should have lots of divisions from that one Jackie. i look forward to the re-vamp!!!

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 06 October 2017 13:52:22

I wish I could be even a little ruthless but I am hopeless.  I would feel so guilty and tend to apologise to a  plant when i need to divide or thin it!!


fraoch fraoch 06 October 2017 20:28:24

I'm like Elizabeth, not very good at being ruthless, at least until something is really getting out of hand, by which time it's probably too late! Those are lovely colours, Jackie.

JoanG JoanG 06 October 2017 20:34:01

Jackie, you and I are singing to the same tune though perhaps for different reasons.  This year I got really frustrated by the 'disharmony' in most areas of my back garden, caused by having too many different plants (and just one of each) in a small space. Like you, I'm having a serious look around to see which plants I can move or edit out, to make room for spreading those which make a better picture.  But it's so hard to choose, isn't?   Love your auricula and the poppy ... and they match! 

Jackie Jackie 06 October 2017 20:35:03

My problem is that when I do try to be ruthless I end up with lots more pots! I was moving my Persicaria Campanulata and have now ended up with 10 little pots of slips!! I mean seriously lol. I cant actually throw anything out I would rather give them away. I gave a Dogwood and my Kerria to my sister in law yesterday as they were getting so big but of course I would NEVER just throw out a plant I always either give it away or pot it up and leave it 'in the waiting area' lol

Fleurette Fleurette 06 October 2017 21:00:13

Haha!  Jackie!  You have now graduated to be a seasoned gardener.  Headaches all the way.  What to do, and how to do it?  How many plants do I have to move to sort out one small space?  And what to do with the extras?  

One solution is to join the local gardening club and bring in your offerings to the next meeting.  I was once told that many gardens in Derry had become clones of mine!  

I heard a very good tip.  When, at any time during the year, you notice a plant that needs to be removed, just put a little tie round the stem, to remind you when the time for the “Autumn Manoeuvres” comes.  

Jackie Jackie 06 October 2017 21:02:27

Joan we seemed to have crossed over with our posts !

Disharmony is the word and for me lots of plants that were intruding on each other. Also a few 'ramblers' were almost taking over, like Ribbon Grass, Lysimachia punctata to name two. At the start I put a piece of each around the garden, only to realise that they were just TAKING OVER!! so they had to be spoken to lol. 

I want them all but I cant have them all plus some are not doing it for me as much as they used to and Ive fallen for other plants....its a vicious circle lol.....but I am loving it all and trying to decide what goes where etc. It was a smashing week too for being out there planning!!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 06 October 2017 23:12:49

I salve my conscience by convincing myself they come back in spirit when they are made into the best compost i can!


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