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Spring 2013

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By dorjac

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After the coldest winter since 1963, but less snow than that year, the garden has emerged triumphant. Most of the wandering bluebells have been ejected and the circle, previously claimed by a thug of small Allium, has been planted with bits and bobs of about 30 Heuchera, and they are happy to be there. Six of them are about to flower. The Camellias are celebrating spring too. The white one with sometimes pink marks is probably Lady Vansitart, as identified at Hyde Hall RHS garden, on this year’s Spring visit. The old Penstemons, invaded by bluebells, have been evicted, they live on as cuttings that have overwintered well outside. They are now planted. My Kniphofia Caulescens are coming on in their places near the proper Alliums. Still some evictions needed there too. Plenty of colour at the moment. The pots on the patio are in urgent need of attention. More potting compost needed.***************************

View of the top part of our small garden. The fox cubs would destroy this if mum denned under the blue shed, as she has done three times before.

Old pink Camellia

White Camellia Lady Vansittart. Identified at Hyde Hall on our Spring visit last Wednesday.

Tulip Double Red Riding Hood. There was an offer so I bought several packs. They open with the sun. Then close tight in the evening.

The circle cleared of thug Alliums’ The Heucheras seem to like it there in sunshine till twelvish and then dappled shade. Stoplight. Berry Smoothie. Petit Marbled Burgundy. Marmalade. Jade Gloss. Paris. Sweet Tea… a marvellous Heuchera. One or two I can’t name. Apart from vine weevil, they are so easy to grow on from bits and peices and quickly recover from drastic rescue from vine weevil maggots.

Very large flowered old pink Camellia.

The violas overwintered well. They hang in pots on the top of the fence.

WE have 10 dwarf fruit trees in blossom. Six apples anf 4 pears. All out together this year,which is very unusual. The centre part of the border has recently been cleared of old Penstemons infested by bluebells. Overwintered cuttings have replaced them. Raven and a lovely pink and white Penstemon.

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Your garden is lovely looks a very nice place to spend time love the tulips .

3 May, 2013

 

Your garden looks lovely, Dorjac, and I do like your heuchera circle, that will fill out nicely. Like you I have been tidying up after the long wet and cold winter. I still have the front garden to tackle and must do it before the sun bakes the clay ground hard as a rock - or am I being optimistic thinking we are going to have lots of sunshine :)

I have been doing battle with the vine grubs in my heuchera pots too. There were hundreds of them - I don't like using chemicals but may be driven to it :(

3 May, 2013

 

Hi Dorjac ..
garden looking great..
those Heucheras have very pretty foliage :o)

3 May, 2013

 

Hi Dorjac. You have a pretty garden, and it goes without saying that I love the heuchera. The camellia's are gorgeous, too,

3 May, 2013

 

Lovely garden! So many flowers, even in the smaller borders. Love the pics of your camellias and the violas are amazing - i must try a pot of them

3 May, 2013

 

What a beautiful garden you have Dorjac. Those heuchera will look great there.
I agree with the possible id of your camellia, it looks very like mine. May I also suggest an id for the top pink one....Elegans. Looks very similar and is a very old variety.

3 May, 2013

 

I love heucheras and your camellias are stunning. Your garden looks so pretty in the overall view of the last photo. I didn't know that heuchera were prone to vine weevil attack - shall have to check my pots carefully.

3 May, 2013

 

What a pretty garden you have created. I love the Camellias and those pansies are looking great. A nice choice of Heucheras, smashing colours.

3 May, 2013

 

beautiful garden, I love the camellias and heucheras especially and those violas are so pretty

3 May, 2013

 

A lovely sheltered garden, with the right soil for Camellias
a lot of us envy you.

3 May, 2013

 

Beautiful garden Dorjac...:>)

3 May, 2013

 

Very good to hear from you again Gee. I hope your newly arranged garden is coming on well. I'm afraid those Vine Weevil maggots are so destructive to the potted Heuchera. However it does mean that I am forced to get as many sprigs per pot to ensure survival and then bring them on. I would not do that to a healthy plant. Petit marbled burgundy is easily reinstated and flowers for ages and is very pretty too. Diane I do have to work a bit at the Camellias, as they do go yellow if I don't give them the correct feed. I rush out after heavy rain and dowse them with granules or liquid ericaceous feed. I love Camellias Scottish. They bloom so long and flourish in the shade. Easy to control too. Thanks for all your lovely comments.

4 May, 2013

 

A beautiul garden Dorjac, how lovely to have space for all those fruit trees [ I could only just fit a couple in mine}I love the gorgeous White Camelia, I have Pink one which usually looses all its buds before I have chance to enjoy them, but strange this year as it has only just started to bud, so fingers crossed I will get to see the flowers! I agree with everyone those little Violas are beautiful and so hardy, thanks for the visit ;0))

4 May, 2013

 

We had a circle of fruit trees in our other much larger garden PP. The border is 7 foot deep, so we thought there was room for a little orchard and herbaceous plants as well. If they get too vigorous they can be pruned back. They don't seem to mind all that much. Our Camellias tend to drop quite fresh flowers too, but not the buds. I think they do need a lot of water. They certainly got it last year, so they have lots of flowers. They were well trimmed last year too.

4 May, 2013

 

Lovely garden Dorjac. Love the heucheras. Weather warming up at long last. Got the geraniums out and placed under the carport so that they get used to being outside then in a few days providing the weather is right they will go outside into the flowerbeds.

5 May, 2013

 

What a great garden Dorjac, I especially like the 1st photo of the pink and white camellia and that lovely terracota pot with the heuchera of the same colour filling it.

8 May, 2013

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