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I am finding foliage more and more interesting as a background to flowers and also as a way of creating texture and interest in the border without relying on flowers.  However, all that is irrelevant come the Autumn when the changing leaves steal the show no matter what is flowering in your garden. The Acer above is a real favourite of mine mainly for sentimental reasons as my sons bought it for… Read More

  Unlike most of the UK we seemed to have escaped the snow except for a light costing on Saturday night (3 days ago).  We have had very low temperatures though so the snow hasn’t melted just frozen over and over again and is now a horrid ice.  I took these photos this morning when I was out topping up the  bird feeders and deicing the bird baths.  There is a special… Read More

Its interesting that although there appears to be alot of colour in the garden at the moment it is coming from fewer plants than in previous months.  One of my favourites at this time of year is the Japanese Anemone.  They really sparkling in the twilight and are quite a nice foil to other flowers such as Lobelia Tupa. Another favourite is this Cimicifuga racemosa ‘Atropurpurea’ which has a wonderful scent. Alot… 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