Tag: perennials

February’s Primrose

The native primrose (primula vulgaris) is the prima flower or “first rose” of the year. Even though it is clearly not a rose! This heralds of spring is traditionally pale yellow adding a splash of colour to an otherwise dull February day.

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Azalea Encore - Autumn Sangria

Azalea Encore is Re-blooming Lovely!

Native to Asia, Europe and North America azaleas are widely admired as beautiful spring flowering shrubs. So admired that spring-time azalea festivals are held in many countries with some lasting several days. Could this all be about to change?

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Flowers to delight - and available for cutting throughout the summer

Flower Patch Kaleidoscope

No matter what one plans to do in the garden, we are continually subjected to the vagaries of the British weather. So although we had planned to create our new flower patch kaleidoscope during this last week, it is still under construction. Part dug over, part still weed-infested (and none of them edible!) Seedlings were potted on; pots were placed in impervious trays to soak up moisture added from the rain-water barrel. Down came the rain (torrential at times) and they nearly drown! As do I as I rescue them into trays with drainage holes. The kaleidoscope will be a long time coming.

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Perennial Planting Pleasures

Lupins - perennial planting pleasures

Lupins in full bloom at the Dobies Trial grounds in Devon

Writing in the Dobies April Newsletter which was published last week, I explained that our focus this month was to be on Perennials. I’ve been reading through my gardening history books to discover how fashions have changed. But this post is not to be a history lesson: perennial planting pleasures have always existed. This is the here and now. As I said in the newsletter, perennials are the backbone of so many gardens; plants which truly come into their own from late Spring onwards. Reappearing year after year, and requiring little attention apart from deadheading, they help to keep the surrounding soil weed-free, and  represent remarkably good value.

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Catalogue Trawl Two – and a bit of play

Garden reclamation is in progress

Garden reclamation is in progress

I seem to have spent more time in the garden this last month than in all the rest of the summer. It’s been so warm and the forecast gales never materialised and so virtually everyday has seen me outside with saw, pruners and secateurs. It’s been a controlled hack-back using steps or a newly acquired sturdy platform (more of that next month), initially sawing through over-tall branches and then today, cutting and shaping. Whilst I cut and then carted the prunings down to the bottom of the orchard, my husband set about the bonfire, compost heap and raking windfall apples for the hens. There’s so much still to tackle, but I am determined to have the acre more under control before the New Year!

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