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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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Mine to Plant

04 May 2011 20:06:24
Mine to Plant

Mine to Plant

I finished weeding last year's Tropical Border.

Last year it was filled with tenders, which were lifted and brought indoors. I only left the dahlias behind and. although I lost most, some are coming back.

The border stands bear with only a few shrubs at the back and some woodlandy planting under them.

But this will not be a Tropical Border this year. It will get permanent planting. Lucky I thought to grow a few things from seed.


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J.D. J.D. 04 May 2011 20:10:35

I would give my right arm (almost) to have an area that size to work on. It is going to look superb no doubt!


TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 04 May 2011 20:54:09

Great fun deciding what to plant with and almost blank canvas! I'll watch progress with interest!


fran m fran m 04 May 2011 21:10:27

Enjoy planting that up


Myrtle Myrtle 04 May 2011 21:26:16

and we will enjoy seeing the finish job:)


Cloncaw Cloncaw 04 May 2011 22:18:47

Looking forward to seeing the planting evolve, lovely view to the hills in the distance


rosburke rosburke 04 May 2011 22:34:36

enjoy the planting.


fintan fintan 04 May 2011 23:10:09

hi rachel great view , i googled verbascum and it seems ur right about them being biennial , i was relying on that fountain of knowledge that is the lable on a woodies pot .

i buy the e.2 post flowering bargins , take loads of root cuttings , all of which flower in the first year . but after i divide the top it regrows in the polytunnel and flowers also .

i,ll make a study of it this year !!


Clara Clara 04 May 2011 23:17:50

Lovely area to plant up, will be watching to see what goes in there.


Rachel Rachel 05 May 2011 00:07:24

Ah, Jacinta, don't be offering your right arm so readily. You might need it :)

Planting presents some problems as my seedlings are too small to be planted out yet and I want to put down mulch as the soil is poor. Can't mulch before planting with the cocoa. Problems, problems.

Fintan, Verbascum are just great. Once you have them in your garden they keep reoccuring. I neglected to collect seed from a particularly fine variety last year but am delighted to see it popping up around the place regardless.


LindaB LindaB 05 May 2011 10:20:49

Rachel, nice to have a blank canvas to design!


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