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It is always good to have your approach or views challenged and sometimes those challenges creep up on you unexpectedly. This weekend, having been encouraged out into the garden to take some photos for my Six on Saturday post I found myself pottering around for an hour accompanied by the under-gardener. One of the jobs I wanted to tackle was trimming the stems of the Phyllostachys aureosulcata ‘Spectabilis’ or what I call… Read More

I think one of the things I love about gardening are the small moments of delight and joy when something has germinated, a planting combination works well, or a gamble pays off.  They are all small triumphs which often only the gardener really appreciates but they come with such a good feel factor that they make a real difference to day to day life.   Back last November I took a plunge… Read More

It is a family joke that my parents, especially my father, loved to dome shrubs when he was pruning.  I often despaired as to me the beauty of many shrubs is their ranging wide-spread form. Over the last few days I have been seeking solace in Christopher Lloyd’s The Adventurous Gardener and reading bits of mum which amuse me.  The passage entitled ‘Some Reactions to Cutting Back’ made her chuckle too.  In… Read More

At last we have had rain.  Good steady persistent rain through the night resulting in 16.6mm of rain, although when you convert that is only just over half an inch.  However, it’s a start and the garden feels and looks fresh as a result. Whilst I have been doing an hour or so in the evening most of this has been potting up and tidying pots of alpines on the patio so… Read More

    This weekend has been particarly busy with my eldest’s 19th birthday and decorating  my youngest’s bedroom ready for new fitted wardrobes.  However, I did manage to get about an hour all told  in  the garden to get my theraputic fix. There is so much to d at this time of year especially as it has been very difficult to get into the garden over recently weekends due to the snow… Read More

I have noticed from the stats on my blog that my post on cutting back my Sedum in June is frequently looked at. So I thought people might be interested in an update of my trial. In my previous post I commented that I had experimented with cutting back one of my Sedums in June.  I was following the advice I found in Tracy DiSabato-Aust’s book The Well Tended Perennial Garden which… Read More

I took this photo as I was so relieved I hadnt killed my Sedum.  About 3 weeks ago I decided to give Tracy DiSabato-Aust advice in The Well-Tenderd Perennial Garden to give your perennials a haircut so that they dont become leggy and flop eveywhere.  “Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ for example, cut be cut in half  when 8 inchs tall or it can be pinched.” “Pruning also helps prevent flopping on plants growing… Read More