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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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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Bareroot Planting

The latest thing to have a go at on my list of gardening projects. I like the idea of bareroot season. The plants are so much cheaper and there are a tonne to pick from. I went for Blackthorn for sloes (and sloe gin obviously) and a wild looking rose called Red Leaf. I bought…

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Collecting Seeds

Many of the flowers in our garden have seed heads right now. There are all shapes and sizes with the kids firm favourite being pinching off a poppy head and using it as a shaker. Generally you can tell if the poppy head is ready because it will be brownish rather than green and the…

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Wildflowers

I have this lost chunk of garden out by the drive. I call it my accidental flower bed. In my last post Strawberry Fields Forever I wrote about how brilliant I am at growing weeds and certainly this bed towers with goose grass and stinging nettles. Every now and then I tackle it whole heartedly…

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Strawberry Feast Forever

I recently wrote about gardening with the kids as part of the Kids Outdoors post. One of the finest things about having an oversized strawberry patch is having kids to go with it. Happily this weekend our strawberry patch burst into life. The strawberry patch is my favourite part of our madcap veg patch as…

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