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Elizabeth7's Journal May 2017

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26 May 2017 20:58:29

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


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