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18 February, 2018

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

We have a range of soil types over our area, from the thick bands of red clay to the chalk bedrock. The clay seems to go in waves over the chalk so it varies in thickness. Those who struggle with heavy clay soil will enjoy the free draining nature of the chalk. I love my clay soil because it is slightly acid and allows me to grow camellias and rhododendrons. It is not acid enough to make blueberries happy though. March is a great month for these plants. Do try some if you have a couple of feet of clay before you reach the chalk. Rhododendrons have very shallow root balls and could make do with a foot of clay. I usually add some peat and tend to plant on a slight mound to make sure the drainage is good. Rhododendrons are one plant you do not stamp on to make sure they are firmly planted. ...

29 January, 2018

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

Winter Beauty is the name of a clematis that I would hate to be without. It is flowering now with thick petalled creamy white bells. The leaves are evergreen and it is a vigorous grower. It is labelled borderline hardy but I have had it for years growing up the outside of my conservatory, with no nice warming wall at its back. The roots are covered by an abelia shrub so that offers it some protection. If it gets too big you cut it back after flowering. I prefer it to the rather flimsy clematis cirrhosa, again a creamy white bell, this time with varying amounts of maroon spots inside it. This can be very vigorous. The later flowering clematis armandii is very vigorous and the leaves are tough and dark green. I think this can be a bit of a thug and it often retains ugly dead leaves. ...

27 December, 2017

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

You must have some plants to cheer you up in winter and viburnum tinus is one of them, evergreen with white flowers for months. The variety Eve Price is more compact than the type and has pink buds opening white. This is a useful shrub that will flower in some shade if needed and can be treated like a hedge and cut back in spring after flowering. The other taller shrub I have is another viburnum, viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’, not evergreen but with pink scented flowers whenever the weather is kind. Shorter than these is the winter flowering honeysuckle. lonicera x purpusii. This is a bush not a climber and has very scented flowers. They are not showy, but brought into the house to put with other flowers they are lovely. It is semi evergreen but I pick the leaves off to enjoy it. You can hack this back after flowering if you need to. ...

24 November, 2017

Garden Notes

Garden Club

I expect you have collected all your leaves by now. Mine all go on the shrub borders where they keep the weeds down all year. You do have to keep an eye out for rogue tree seedlings. Do not pile it too high round the base of the shrubs. I find the netting I have round them against rabbits keeps them clear of too many leaves. ...

17 October, 2017

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

This is the time to assess your garden before everything has died down. What plant has grown too large and flops on others, or which shrub could do with a prune. ...

29 September, 2017

Garden Notes

The Villager

I hope you have all started to buy your bulbs. Perhaps this is when the gardening year really starts, when you are preparing for next year. Such glorious pictures on the packets promising you such delights. ...

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