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Elizabeth7's Journal May 2011

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Face of the Troll!

30 May 2011 20:15:53
Troll face

Troll face

Face of the Troll which I mentioned in my last post. Not very pretty but he has a heart of gold and brings luck,my story and sticking to it!1

No playing with earth today , just cement.

30 May 2011 18:24:04

Sea thrift....armeria

29 May 2011 23:41:27


I wish I had kept the label of this one, it seems far better than others I've had over the years. Deep pink, spreads well and is long lasting.

Standing to attention.

28 May 2011 13:14:29
Standing to attention.

Standing to attention.

This is the first thought I had when these Lupin flowers appeared. It is a lovely creamy yellow but seems to be taller and more slender that other lupins. In the background Crambe is opening it's flowers. Sorry picture is a bit out of focus but it is very windy here.

Iris 'Actress'

28 May 2011 13:10:49
Iris 'Actress'

Iris 'Actress'

This is a lovely shade of blue. I have another bearded Iris, also blue that has spread widely but never produced a flower. Any ideas why this happens?

Do take a look at this site...

27 May 2011 23:04:49

Soooo happy but off topic!

26 May 2011 18:51:34

Looking for suggestions please.

25 May 2011 16:41:37
Looking for suggestions please.

Looking for suggestions please.

This is a problem that has been annoying me for quite a time so I am looking for suggestions please.

The main part of my garden is divided by a very old dry stone wall. The area in front of the house,( back really but I always use the back door so the back becomes the front if you have any idea what I mean!!) has become the flower shrub pond area. The other ‘half' I decided to plant with trees and shrubs hoping that there would be a little woodland for future generations. Down the centre of this area is a wide path in case the tree cutters have to make a visit. There are structures  , a shed and a viewing platform  but neither really impinges on the woodland to be. The trees planted include;

4 white bark birch

2 Sorbus

contorted Willow



 3 pine trees

Copper beech


two Acer

Prunus serrula


Embothrium, Chilean fire tree


Viburnum mariesi


Photonia red robin

Eucalyptus gunneri, cut down but sprouting again



Many are still small but there are some which have made good growth.

The garden was started from scratch about 5 years ago.

The problem, eventually, is that having shown friends etc around the flower areas when we come to this part  there seems to be no structure, yes some lovely trees but no focal point. There is a bench where I love to sit and listen to the birds  but it is lacking something  and I do need ideas for a feature of some sort .

I had a couple of flower beds but there is just too much work in the garden to take these on so they will return to grass.

Time will make a huge difference as would patience but I have to be realistic and though I can still use my faithful pick axe ,which is essential here, at my stage of life I will become less active. 

The  photo will show part of the area to which I refer.

Sorry for the long post hope it makes some sense!!

Chelsea BBC coverage, mystery

23 May 2011 19:32:17

A friend comes to help.

22 May 2011 21:24:27

You did you thaw a puddy tat that puddy tat was...

22 May 2011 11:09:36
You did you thaw a puddy tat that puddy tat was...

You did you thaw a puddy tat that puddy tat was...

ME. Maisie my gardening cat.

Cutting flowers from Hostas

20 May 2011 22:56:17

And finally.....

20 May 2011 22:07:59
And finally.....

And finally.....

Celmisia semicordata , the parent plant is near the stone. For years I had tried to propagate this with no luck but last year I took about 5 roots and behold and lo they all took off .

Blue and Yellow

20 May 2011 22:03:57
Blue and Yellow

Blue and Yellow

Philadelphus and Centaura look well together, bit of an accident!

Cornus kousa 'Satomi'

20 May 2011 21:58:51
Cornus kousa 'Satomi'

Cornus kousa 'Satomi'

I love this Cornus the flowers are so pretty. The grass was cut today and as I took an evening stroll it struck me once again how the light at that time of day lent a lovely quality to the garden and all it's plants.

Decisions, decisions

18 May 2011 15:42:00
Decisions, decisions

Decisions, decisions

I am the worst in the world when it comes to getting rid of a plant no matter how it  requires removal; wish i could just dig  up and dump.  But now I am faced with a Strawberry tree about 5 years old but scraggy and in a very wrong place. Naturally it is putting  on good fresh growth just  to make it harder. I suppose I could take some cuttings to make me feel  better. Don't think I could do the deed myself would have to go out!! Wonder if it would move?

Anyone else find it hard to get rid of plants?

This picture shows an area of scree garden I am trying to develop.

Here is the other one!

15 May 2011 13:50:39
Here is the other one!

Here is the other one!

Hope it arrives!   What a bad picture would delete but mentioned it in other post, sorry.

A couple of hardy Geranium pictures.

15 May 2011 13:43:18
A couple of hardy Geranium pictures.

A couple of hardy Geranium pictures.

The hardies  are putting on a good show and here are two that are not seen quite as often as others. The first is G. x cantabrgiense 'Karmina' which has flowers somewhat like the Phaeums in that the petals are reflexed. This is a great groundcover, flowers for ages and roots easily from cuttings. Nearly sure this one is 'Karmina' but there are other varieties.

Then there is G.x oxonianum 'Thurstonianum' grows about 14''tall, with strap shaped petals, can be double and in various colours. 

Wild Primrose seedlings.

13 May 2011 20:19:52

A rant

12 May 2011 13:42:30

Root cuttings

11 May 2011 11:39:29

Rambling Clematis

08 May 2011 00:25:49

Welcome Daradh

05 May 2011 22:02:42

There is rain and RAIN!

05 May 2011 13:38:29

Another photograph of Pip,nep

04 May 2011 15:53:38
Another photograph of Pip,nep

Another photograph of Pip,nep

Showing most of the plant.

Piptanthus nepalensis or Evergreen laburnum

04 May 2011 15:48:05
Piptanthus nepalensis or Evergreen laburnum

Piptanthus nepalensis or Evergreen laburnum

This I think is a lovely shrub with Winter interest. Unlike the drooping Laburnum it has quite stiff stems many of which are very dark green almost black. Again reputed to be tender it has survived the last two Winters.

Re; Hardy geraniums

02 May 2011 13:54:19
Geranium 'Mayflower'

Geranium 'Mayflower'

I see several comments re hardy g's.  The great thing about them is from now on there will be one or other flowering, I love 'em. This pic is one of my favourites 'Mayflower' which is in flower now and looks great. As the sun was shining on the plant it gives the impression that the flowers vary in colour , not so they are a lovely shade of blue.Some of the sanguinems are already flowering too.

Rotten day here dark and raining, no gardening may even have to do some housework, ugh.


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