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JoanG's Journal November 2017

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Winter Jasmine

14 November 2017 22:41:28

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I was very interested to read that Elizabeth (Liztai) cuts back her winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) hard every year and it keeps on flowering; while others have commented that this plant just doesn't perform for them.

I've had winter jasmine growing along my north facing wall for many years now, flowering reliably every winter with scant attention, just cutting back the shoots that had flowered by about half every year and letting it hang down in a curtain.  By last year it had grown too far out from the wall, with a lot of dead wood behind, and I wanted to make a path through the back of the border, so for the first time I cut it back really severely in summer 2016 though with great trepidation.  I'm delighted with the result: good new growth this year and it's flowering nicely again now.  So I will follow Elizabeth's example in future and cut it tight to the wall every year. 

For those of you who haven't succeeded with it, maybe it can take a few years to get going but for me a large part of the success is in training it along a wall, fence or trellis to make the most of it.  Left to its own devices, it tends to end up in a gangly unruly heap.

Addicted to bulbs ... tulips

09 November 2017 23:33:29

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Mary, you are not alone in your addiction to bulbs.  They bring such joy every spring that I can't resist either and this year tulip addiction seems to have taken hold.

Here's what I bought for my small garden.  Some are to add to bulbs I already have but most are for new excitement.  Crocus 'Blue Pearl', Narcissus 'Jetfire', Iris 'Katherine's Gold', Allium 'Purple Sensation' (as if I didn't have enough already!), and the following tulips:  'Apeldoorn', 'Apeldoorn Elite', 'Ballerina', 'Curly Sue', 'Jan Reus', 'Gavota', 'Red Impression', 'Sweet Impression', 'Holland Beauty', 'Diamond Jubilee' and 'Spring Green'.

Photos are from last spring's display.  Most of the above are still sitting in our utility room but will hopefully be planted next week.  So what has everyone else bought? Tell us please. 

November colour

07 November 2017 21:25:30

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I can't believe it's nearly a month since I put up a journal, though I have been reading everyone else's, usually late at night.  Other priorities have taken over from gardening recently, so I'm hoping to get out for a day or two later this week to catch up with cutting back, tying in, dividing, leaf collecting, mulching, tulip planting etc, etc.  I bought loads of tulips this year, some for adding to those in the ground and others for pots, and now is the time to get them planted.

Meanwhile the garden is carrying on with the season and I took a few photos last weekend when the sun came out.  I'm pleased with how well winter jasmine on the north facing wall is coming on since its major hack back last year.  Also making progress, though very slowly, is the witch hazel planted a few years ago in the front garden and this year Mahonia x media 'Charity' is looking better than ever.  

Let's hope we get some more nice days before winter takes hold. 

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