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Clematis et al

20 May 2017 16:58:41

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I have a lot of Clematis in the garden but they always surprise me. I buy and plant them and leave them do their thing. Very little attention to group 1 ,2 `and 3 pruning , hanging my head in shame. Noticed this one today Miss Bateman and was amazed at the size of the flower it is ginormous. The lime green stripe is best seen in the smaller one still opening.

Took a photo of my friend Sarah next to the Ferula...Sarah is about 5ft 5''.

Taking a risk.

17 May 2017 17:08:34

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Well that is what I have been doing over the past few days. Not jumping out of planes, though I would love to do that, or walking a tight rope over the river Lee.  No it was giving a lot of plants the Chelsea chop.

You see my hot borders are rather lovely  in late Summer from end of july onwards. I just happened to hit on good colour combinations. But they are held together by lots of red Monarda repeated down both sides. There is no way that this and other plants like Knautia, lyschmachia and probably Hemerocallis and Alstromeria  will last until my open day toward end of July.  All plants seem to be about a month earlier than usual. So lots of them got about half the stems of each clump cut back. I intend removing flowers from such as Geranium Ann Folkard  and some Dianthus , could end up looking rather dismal!! But hope David Howard and other Dahlias will be ok  . My Cannas will not be in flower probably until August. Geums are in full bloom but by dead heading every day do you think they will last another two months?

The Ferula communis that I showed photos of already continued to head skywards but the flowers are opening so guess that is when growth ceases. It is lovely against the blue sky though we had cruel heavy showers as well today.

While I am here I wonder have you any ideas of how to green up grass? There are patches looking a bit straw coloured probably due to the drought.






10 May 2017 18:49:38

Well.! Super Garden.

02 May 2017 21:08:56


26 April 2017 21:37:10

Should be interesting.

24 April 2017 18:17:12

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About 4 years ago I bought a plant called Ferula communis Gigantea. Well it grew well and produced lovely foliage like Fennel....it is not a proper Fennel, no scent either.

I read that it produced a ginormous flower head with yellow flowers . But this never happened .................until today. I noticed almost overnight there was a big stem growing from it, yippeee hope the frost does not hit it. Apparently it can grow to a great height so should be fun to watch. Anyone have experience of this? For some reason I think I got it from Crug but not at all sure must see if they list it. Couple of photos to show you progress so far. Hope they show the lovely foliage well.


23 April 2017 18:24:25

Life at Ash Cottage

12 April 2017 21:01:07

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Such happening around here recently.  They are turning the surrounding 4 fields into one gigantic one and this meant the removal of all the hedgerows and much moving of soil. Then came the pig slurry…now that was interesting!!  Literally hundred trips from the big white tanker up the lane/road then into smaller tankers and off they went. Smell not bad for first few days as they were some distance away . But the DAY came and it was sprayed all around my place, the stink was dreadful  had to wear a scarf around my nose and mouth when I went out. The joys of living in the corner of a now ginormous field!!It was only really bad for a day cos then they ploughed it. 

Working like a mad woman as it will be a few more weeks until Eddie comes back and even then he will be limited…so sorry for him.

I have a plan that involves loads of Cornflowers so there are hundreds of seedling being pricked out ….Tried yet again to grow Cosmos Antiquity a lovely maroon one. No luck , got about 8 to true leaf stage and then the little leaves turn brown and the seedling dies. Have tried these a number of times and never got even one to flower stage. No problem with the white and pink ones.

It is the non gardening jobs that I will have to find time to do, painting the garden furniture and that sort of task.

Tomorrow it is don the yellow jacket and take to the road to tame the Erigeron growing under the hedge on the road and remove yet more weeds.  This job will have to be postponed if that big white tanker is on the move….not room for both of us on the narrow road.

Lots more but imagine you have read enough if you got this far!

Oh wonder if anyone knows the name of the Rhodo. I have it about 20 years started very small and is still quite small but lovely. Came from Dublin with me and lives growing on a wall.

Some happenings

04 April 2017 19:05:29

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Every year I rave about Myrtus lechleriana and the wonderful scent.  Beats all other plants for scent just super.....well to me!  Sadly this tree is on the way out and I am lucky to have held on to it until the flowers arrived . It is rocking dreadfully despite staking and me holding it up in bad winds ....yes I do ,now that's love!

But there is a second one growing away happily and flowered well this year. Furthermore when the first one is no longer with me....possible that tears will be shed.... I will get yet another to ensure I will always have it.

Then Echeveria rosea such a great colour , Aloe aristata is the other succulent.

Finally the view out my kitchen window ..funny how the yellow tulips seem to stand much stronger than red ones , do you find that too?

Succulents and trough.

23 March 2017 13:57:06

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Just to show a couple of broken pots in which I have planted some of my growing succulent collection.

I need a new trough for others. So having made several hpertufa troughs over the years I decided to try something new. I collected very thin stones on the beach and am gluing them to the polystyrene fish box. Using horticultural grit for grout. I have (beach) green and  some blue glass that I will incorporate too. Hope the glue is water proof as claimed!! I have run out of suitable stones so will have to visit the beach soon, takes a long time to find the ones I want.

What I learned today.

15 March 2017 15:36:39

Hedge cut

14 March 2017 10:33:41

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Yesterday the hedge cutter came to cut back the ditch in an adjoining field. This ditch had grown so high that I was unable to see down to the water. I have to grab a window of opportunity to get the big machine in as it has to traverse two fields to reach the ditch. So at present there is no crop so with permission of the Farmer the deed was done and I am delighted.

Dark Rosaleen is coming into it's own so easy to divide and make a big clump

If I was Minister of Gardening I would ban the sale of gardening hand tools like trowels unless the handles were painted in a bright colour!! I spend so long searching for my trowel and still unable to find the one I used yesterday.

Mukedenia peeping out from beneath a Feverfew, it seems to be a very shy plant.

Pride and Fall !!

09 March 2017 12:07:02

Phormiums looking for a home.

07 March 2017 16:30:55

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I have 4 big Phormiums to give away if someone will come and dig them out. These are the same but I have another big reddish one to go as well.. Also someone can dig out a lump of a big Astelia if they wish. I have put photos up on the National facebook site.

So wet and horrid here for so long gardening is just not possible.

A few photos to bring a bit of cheer. Camellias Brushfield yellow and Anticipation.

An amazing Marigold that has been flowering since last spring. Wish I knew the name. tried to grow it from seed but no luck.

Looking down on Hellebore Magnetic blue




25 February 2017 15:35:24

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I bought a couple of bulbs several years ago when Pottertons or some firm were visiting.

Two types of Scillla . This one flowered for the  first time this year and is very pretty, about 7 inches tall. The other one , seen behind, is in bud with several potential flowers.

The names are but can't recall which is which so need to visit Dr Google. I think Mary Gracedieu mentioned one of them last year??  Been to the Dr and it is messeniaca.

 Scilla mischtschenkoana      

Scilla messeniaca




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