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Fresh green and beautifully delicate

from Fi

Hi Mark
I've added a pic of my newly leafing Acer palmatum which I believe is 'disectum', lime green changing to orange and red as you say.
I brought it from my Mum's garden almost 5 years ago and planted it in my new gravel patio, which has slowly taken on a Japanese feel with a twisted hazel and a small black bamboo.
It is much hardier than often described, my soil is neutral, clay base (though planted in ericaceous and renew every spring), it is sheltered from strong sunlight and winds, with a northerly aspect. Every winter it looks dead, but emerges every Spring - so far! Heartstoppingly beautiful every time.

  • Posted: Fri. 24th April 2009 21:30

Sorry, it's pink but not bright!

from Fi

Hi Sarah
Instantly I thought of New Dawn - it loves it on my East/West shady border fence, on clay and no room for extra mulch (descends onto patio!).
It is a very soft pink, flowers profusely in June/July and again in Sept/Oct if you cut old buds off, then small hips for the birds. Recommend it highly.

  • Posted: Fri. 24th April 2009 21:21

Multi stems and clouds!

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I probably watched a review of the 2007 Chelsea show because I 'pruned' a viburnum fragrans in my front garden into 'clouds' lol. It looked like a refugee in all honesty. However, after 18 months to recover, it has started shooting from the base again and is making a neat little bush at ground level - better suited to its gravel garden environment. I haven't had the heart to dig it up! Thanks for the representation of the Amelanchier at Chelsea - my own is multi-stemmed and I had wondered if I should have bought a single stemmed plant, so much cheered. Good luck with the other shrubs. I have a red robin photinia that I have severely 'columnised' due to the erection of a summerhouse, and it has responded beautifully peeking over the roof this spring!
Keep in touch with progress. Fi

  • Posted: Fri. 24th April 2009 21:17

Yahoo - got it right!

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Hi Dawn
I'm still learning too and I'm thrilled I got this one right. Mine are about 30 cm tall now and just unfurling at the tops. They are amazing. They will spread, and you can dig the offshoots up - quite shallow rooting, and plant them elsewhere. You can even place the leaves seed side down (you will see rows of seedlike spots on the underside of the ferns) and they should germinate and produce a new fern!
Interested to see what else you're growing.
Enjoy Spring! Fi

  • Posted: Fri. 24th April 2009 21:06

How lovely

from Fi

Well done for pursuing your dream. I'll admit to being a little more than a tad envious!
Hope it all goes through smoothly - you could be moving in in the summer!
Good luck for your purchase. Maybe post a pic of your new garden.

  • Posted: Tue. 21st April 2009 19:43

Cherry Pie

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Hi Georgie, did you know this was an old victorian plant they used to call cherry pie? Due to its scent, it's lovely honey sweet. It seems to have come back into fashion as I found lots of little plants in my local nursery and will go back and get some I think. It was a choice between Lemon Verbena, a nostalgic smell from childhood, or Heliotrope - lv won this time, planted next to my bench!
Have you got a pic of your Fuschia by the way?

  • Posted: Mon. 20th April 2009 21:18

Companion Planting

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Hi all 'edible wildlife friendly gardeners'!
I meant edible veg,not gardeners by the way!
I have discovered a book called Organic Gardening which tells you what to plant to complement/attract relevant insects and butterflies for your veg.
I have now planted nasturtium seeds with my brassicas and potatoes. Also Calendula with my lettuce and carrots. Herbs seem popular with beans and peas, including sage, rosemary and chives. Chives and nasturtium are also good with apples, so I've put some under my tree too. Garden should be a riot come the summer! When I plant out my tomatoes, I'll be putting them with basil and parsley. With the wildlife pond too I must have got something right this year, here's hoping.

  • Posted: Mon. 20th April 2009 21:09
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from Fi

Hi Dawn
It looks as if it is just growing its new 'shuttlecocks' for this season, which will unfurl into new green leaves. The plant doesn'tmind dry soil, but prefers a little shade out of direct sun. Mulching around with some humousy compost will help. As its so new, a little shower from the hose when you water the rest of the area in a dry spell will help too, but don' soak it.
Mine are just unfurling as well now, there is nothing like them is there - so prehistoric!

  • Posted: Mon. 20th April 2009 21:04

The Reading Rooms!

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Yup, beautiful breath of fresh air. This was taken just before having lunch at the Reading Rooms - shelves of old fashioned books, including gardening. I adore this part of Norfolk.

  • Posted: Mon. 20th April 2009 20:23

Nymph water lilies!

from Fi

Hi Jo
There are some called Nymphae water lilies which are quite small. I think the thing is to treat them like any garden plant, if it gets too big cut some roots and leaves off! I think you could probably get away with one of these miniature ones. Worth a try, take a risk!

  • Posted: Sun. 19th April 2009 21:05