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13 October, 2019

Garden Notes – Pruning

Garden Club The Villager

Now is the time to get out and prune some of the plants in your garden. It helps in windy gardens to cut roses and buddleias part way down to stop the wind rocking them. Otherwise it is time to prune those plants that are too impatient to wait till spring before their sap rises. These are the birches, acers, vines and mulberries. I once lodged with a man who made birch sap wine. Think of all those acers which are tapped for maple syrup. ...

17 September, 2019

Garden Notes – Seedlings

Garden Club The Villager

I welcome self seeders in the garden. The forget-me-nots do a great job of hiding all the weeds until I can deal with them and provide early colour. The foxgloves always seed themselves in just the right places. Others receive a mixed reception. Alchemilla mollis is such a useful plant that fits into any colour scheme and always looks good. It is easy to dig up but annoying in paving cracks. Ever since I planted the white geranium pratense and the stripey ‘Mrs Kendall Clark’ I have these tall bushy geraniums in all shades of blue and ...

24 August, 2019

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

More garden visits and more ideas. We visited Radcot House, here the planting is most unusual. Every plant was given its own space and did not touch its neighbour except the occasional drift of similar plants. Between each was a thick mulch of large sized bark. It reminded me of earlier styles of planting where each newly discovered plant would be proudly displayed. The effect was strangely calming. Like a peaceful lawn while on coming home my borders looked like a crowded London pavement. It certainly made weeding easier. Both the mulch and the ease of spotting weeds. ...

18 June, 2019

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

I have just been to Sissinghurst where the smell in the rose garden was amazing. We tend to put the looks and colour of our plants first, but smell adds another dimension. The calming smell of lavender, the sweet smell of syringa, reminding you of orange blossom and weddings and the smell of new mown grass. All these add so much to the enjoyment of your garden. ...

24 May, 2019

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

Why did it die. We are always asking ourselves this. Basically plants want to live but sometimes the fates are against them. We get a very wet season and on our heavy clay plants can get waterlogged. Or when you didn’t notice the slugs had stripped the stem. If we have a very dry season the plants weaken and often do not show damage until the next season when they do not have the will to survive. A late frost can strip a plant of its young leaves and it may struggle to produce another crop. Perhaps you have just planted it in the wrong place, too hot, too shady, too windy, a frost pocket or too wet. ...

16 April, 2019

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

What a marvellous spring we have had. So warm I had some bluebells out at the end of March. Not everyone has room for a large shrub border, but there are so many small shrubs available that it is easy to fit one in. They are much less work that a conventional border. Something to plan for when you find the garden becoming a chore. ...