Wordless Wednesday 5/8/15 – Meadow Farm Echinacea

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Author: Helen Johnstone

I live in Malvern, Worcestershire and am a very keen gardener. I started the Patient Gardener Blog in January 2008 as a way of recording what was happening in my garden and connecting with other like-minded people. I started a second blog PatientGardener 365 January 2013 in order to try and post a photo a day to capture what is growing in my garden or places I have visited

15 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday 5/8/15 – Meadow Farm Echinacea”

  1. Great Photographs. I’ve visited Rob and Diane’s garden several times. It is a real dream of a garden. A couple of years ago I bought five Echinaceas from them, but non of them survived the winter sadly. For the time I had them, they were certainly the favourite with the bees.

    1. I have Echinacea purpurea which seems to come back year on year. I think the secret is that Echinacea don’t like to be crowded and they suffer from slug damage. The first photo is of Rob’s trial bed and he has planted it up to see how the plants fare year on year before he names any. One of the criticisms of Echinacea “Arts Pride” is that it was launched before it had been trialled properly

  2. I love echinacea but they don’t seem to love my garden or its slugs, so I’ll have to content myself with these fabulous photos. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Reading the comments I can only say I’m glad it’s not just me! I’ve yet to find one that likes me. Which is a crying shame. I’ll try E. purpurea.

    1. We have a lovely clump of E. purpurea at work in a neglected corner where it grows away with no competition and no one really noticing it, apart from me

  4. Meadow Farm is a wonderful garden and nursery to visit. Echinacea purpurea didn’t survive in our garden, I thought perhaps it is too shady. I have read that they are best planted on a slight hump to ensure they are not sat in wet soil over winter.

    1. I guessed that Helen, but was just wondering about spacing if they are meant to do better when they are not crowded…

    2. Arh, they are good size clumps and have been in for a few years. So each clump is producing numerous flowers which makes them appear in the photograph as if they are very close to each other. It isnt that they dont like to be crowded by each other but they, like heleniums, dont like to be crowded by other plants. The reason being that the other plant may grow quicker than them and swamp their new growth with its leaves etc, shutting the light out. They come from the Amercian prairies where the only competition is grasses and other plants with similar growing season to them.

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