Clematis Experiments

This is the first year in the garden when I’ve truly wondered what clematis I have. It sounds a bit mad, but there are maybe half a dozen clematis here and I don’t know what most of them are. This leads to pruning quandaries and for the first time looking back through dozens of pictures…

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Tree Rescue

A note on how robust nature can be: I’m so happy this little Witch Hazel was looking so bonny this Winter. The image below is from about a year ago. He’s in there, but you can’t see him, just a twig. He was squashed completely flat when this wall tumbled. These ancient dry stone walls…

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Orchid Flasking

It was so windy last weekend and freezing cold. We didn’t get up to much in the garden aside from a bit of weeding. Instead we turned to indoor projects, which includes sewing seeds that don’t germinate, murdering houseplants and now a new hobby: orchid flasking! Since I started writing this I’ve realised that the…

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Divide and Conquer

Last year I really got into the swing of moving things around and dividing plants. Only the easier stuff of course, but it paid dividends and although I wasn’t terribly confident it did seem very easy and it worked. I would love to trot down to the garden centre every other week, but once I…

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Freeze

No, no, no it will be -4 overnight apparently and I went and put all the Dhalia tubers in. The ones that don’t like cold and you are supposed to dig up every year and wrap in little blankets and keep in the potting shed. I always do this. I have no patience and just…

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Hellebores

We have two really well established Nepeta (Cat Mint) plants either side of our front door that go wild every year and cover everything within a meter radius. The problem is Spring in this garden border. Once the Nepeta is cut back, there’s just a messy bald patch that was a mass of flowers for…

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