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TheH (Hazel)'s Journal November 2010

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Pachysandra

21 November 2010 17:58:18
Pachysandra terminalis

Pachysandra terminalis

Just did a Google on the Pachysandra that Jacinta recommended and got the following gem of wisdom:

Excellent in masses under heavy shade of trees. A dense, lustrous evergreen, trailing vine-type of ground cover, white flowers, spring. If planted 6" apart, it will give a pleasing effect immediately and in two years time form a solid ground cover. Grows in any soil. Water liberally. It is VERY HARDY. Grows in sun or shade, to a uniform height of 6". Fine for terraces or any place where grass is not successful.
Zone: 4-9
Height: 6 Inches
 

Remember this about pachysandra: The first year it sleeps, the second year it creeps, and the third year it leaps.  It takes a year to get established before spreading out.  It will make a thick, dense bed and is the perfect solution  around tree trunks and where sunlight is scarce and mowing difficult.

Sounds wonderful and looks amazing too!

Welcome visitor...

21 November 2010 17:11:06
Malva in the Frost

Malva in the Frost

Yesterday I had a visit from my sister-in-law who is as keen on gardening as I am. I really enjoyed her visit as it was lovely to be touring the garden with someone who is genuinely interested in the progress of the plants! She brought me a load of slips for my woodland area as I am trying to establish some attractive ground cover to keep it looking decent until the shrubs and trees fill the space properly! The clover is still there but it is being overtaken by grass which is not what I had in mind!

I had already transplanted some half-wild geraniums that had self-seeded all over the place, and some Alchemilla that had outgrown their space. She has now brought me some Lamium and a cultivated geranium - Geranium Biokovo - that I admired in her garden. It makes a lovely carpet and has pale pink to white flowers - very delicate and hopefully very invasive :-) I also have some violets and a very vigorous Campanula planted out. 

Has anyone any suggestions for further ground cover that will self-seed or spread vigorously?

The picture is the Malva early one morning last week... I am trying a new approach this year - leaving all the foliage on this plant over the winter to see if it will protect it from the frost a bit better than last year!

After the Storm....

17 November 2010 23:35:51

Time to reflect....

16 November 2010 23:08:47
The final solution - for the rabbits!

The final solution - for the rabbits!

I haven't been back to the Garden Club for ages. Some family events have kept me busy and now I'm working for the past few weeks so that has taken up all my time! i did manage to sneak a few hours in the garden over the past few weeks when the sun came out and did some tidying up of the herbaceous bed. I also did a bit more work on the ground-cover under the woodland area in the front garden. I found lots of wild geranium self-seeded in the paths so I transplanted them under the hollies and buckthorns.

One development that I want to share with those of you who may have shared my ongoing battle of wits with the rabbit population. During the summer I got two lovely kittens from a neighbouring farm - they are outdoor farm cats and they live under the deck! They have only recently got confident enough to come to me to be fed, but since they came to stay we haven't seen a rabbit (or mouse or rat - which was the original reason for getting them!)

The potatoes I put in bags for Christmas are not doing very well - they were moved into the greenhouse in September and had a nice healthy bit of growth but then they got a slug attack - so I put copious amounts of slug pellets around them (reasoning that birds don;t get into the greenhouse.....) but just lately the foliage is kind of keeling over. The greenhouse has a frost heater that keeps the temperature above 5 degrees. anyway, I'll persevere with the experiment!

I was also delighted to have struck lucky and come back in time to vote for the Christmas get-together. In the past I haven't heard about these events until afterwards but i hope to make it to this one and meet you all face to face!

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