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A semi-mature, hardy individual who tries to get away with doing as little as possible in gardening as in life, still expects the best results & wonders why she is frequently disappointed! She likes to keep a photographic record of everything, good & frequently bad!

Saturday, 22 August 2009

The re-vamp continues at snail's pace.....

If you have read this blog before, you may recall I was so enthused at the Hampton Court Flower Show by Phillipa Pearson's planting in her Sadolin Nature to Nurture garden that I decided to re-vamp one of my flower beds along similar lines. Well as near as I can get!

Here is a reminder of what I am aiming for......

Now there are difficulties involved in this project: I only have a fairly small garden so the bed in question is not huge & is surrounded by fairly large shrubs & a fence none of which can be shifted of course so first off the potentially glorious planting will not be surrounded by invitingly wide grass paths. There will be a lawn in front. That will have to do!

This is my starting point - not at its best & lots to do!

The change will involve moving most of the existing plants out of the bed, some of which can be split up & re-planted but others will need re-homing. Does anyone want a pale pink blowsy peony for instance? Deep down I am quite glad of a good reason for getting rid of it as it has not really performed since I moved it to its current position from another spot, & it was a client cast-off in the first place. (BTW don't believe the 'peonies don't like being moved' stuff; Lazy trollop gardening advice is that you may leave a peony in a carrier bag for about 6 months with a bit of watering from time to time whilst the LT ponders its future & still flower when eventually planted.)

So you will see that the apace of the title has not involved much actual physical progress, although a bit of weeding in that bed the the other day could count, but there has been plenty of that pondering business. However, last weekend a little HRT was indulged in to move things along a tad. We were having a wander round Wisley & as usual found ourselves in the sales area on the way back to the car park. Luckily Mr B finds spending money pretty easy & so some essential plants for the project were purchased: achillea, crocosmia, ecinacea & helenium.

I suppose I must really move on from this lengthy pondering stage & make a bit of an effort now!


  1. Somehow I think I can manage to resist the pale p*nk blowsy peony, thanks ;)

  2. Sorry Juliet, the word pink must appear in this blog in full. In fact I have just slightly altered the entry about the peony 'specially for you! :)

  3. If that is euphorbia 'silver swan' we both bought at Wisley about to be disposed of then you can give it to me as Mad Andy trod on mine!

  4. It is but I am hoping a re-location is in order. If not you can have it. I may try cuttings. A peony instead?

  5. Only if it is a bright blowsy pink peony.