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Rachel's Journal

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28 May 2011 23:16:05


I've started planting the bones of my new area - the trees and big shrubs.

I can tell you, it's been sinful how long some of these poor trees have been in pots.

So far I have planted my Disanthus cercidifolius and Decaisnea fargesii. I can't wait to see the black pods on the Decaisnea!

I also planted two large laurels I got cheaply last autumn. I overwintered them in the greenhouse. Last autumn they seemed like a great bargain as all my laurels had come through winter 2009. However, winter 2010 finished off my large laurel, making me regret the purchase. 

And finally I planted two witch hazels (one yellow, one brown), the large Aucuba and an Acer griseum. I'm hoping to develop this little grouping into an area of spring interest. Well, I didn't actually finish this planting as I encountered a large rock. Hopefully hubby will sort it out tomorrow.

Yesterday Hubby clipped the bank to one side of the garden with the shears.  It's a hell of a job. If I win the Bloom competition, the first thing I'll buy is a strimmer!

To vote for me, if you have a Facebook account, go to this link and click 'like' in the top left hand corner of my garden photo...


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Jacinta D Jacinta D 28 May 2011 23:20:46

I hope Scrubber doesn't read this, if he sees you encountered a 'rock' he'll be hot on the trail. Sounds like another project in the wings. Will watch with great interest.

Rachel Rachel 28 May 2011 23:22:41

Ha, he's more than welcome to it. If he can dig it up it's his.

Not a new project, unfortunately. I'm just taking an age with the old one :)

TinaJ TinaJ 28 May 2011 23:25:08

my disanthus cercidifolius is still in a pot ,had to bring it inside during the week,the leaves had started to go brown from the wind

andyf7 andyf7 28 May 2011 23:41:22

hope it all works out for you rachel

HeadGardener HeadGardener 29 May 2011 00:18:31

Rachel you hit a wall of sorts it seem that sound like it'll be lovely in a couple of years my Laurel hedging was fine last two winter must be you variety of laurel that suffered? emailed chiltern by the way... how many votes do you have now?? have'nt looked at mine but I'm hoping the judges will take pity on me :-)

Rachel Rachel 29 May 2011 00:26:08

I have a few brown leaves too, Tina.

Thanks, Andy.

Bill, I'm talking Laurus nobile.

ladygardener ladygardener 29 May 2011 22:51:43

Hi Rachel sorry to hear you lost your laurel.

I have relied on Laurels and this windy field I live in wouldn't ever have had a hope of becoming a garden without them.   They have survived this unrelenting hurricane I live in and as I planted them with my deciduous trees, they have provided cover and allowed them strengthen up  I have bored ye with journals about my 'laurel lawn'.  I have hundreds of seedling if anyone going to Bills would like some just tell me.

Cloncaw Cloncaw 29 May 2011 22:53:10

Beautiful planting aconitum is such a striking blue, Hope all your planting goes to plan.

Rachel Rachel 29 May 2011 22:55:14

Different kind of laurel, Anne. Yours is known as 'English Laurel' and is incredibly hardy.

Thanks, Geraldine. I find it hard to get a photo of the Aconitum - the intense blue makes the light act strangely.


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