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Old Friends In My Garden And Some New Aquisitions

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Most of the plants that I brought with me from my old garden were in the pots for a long time(some still are….waiting for the bed in the front of the house to be dug over next year and some, I suspect I will never find a home for) and the ones now planted in my,predominantly, ornamental grasses beds were quite late being planted out are, I’m happy to say, now coming into their own.
This lovely Kniphofia Ice Queen is a small division from a large plant at the old house and I didn’t think it would flower this year so, these two spikes are a bonus!!

But, I knew the Verbena Bonariensis would flower.They are fantastic plants and, I brought a lot more with me than I had imagined as lots of new self seedlings appeared this spring in my pots.

The Eucomis blooms are late but spectacular, as are some others in a pot on the front doorstep.


In one of my previous blogs, a couple weeks ago, Steragram asked if I would put up a photo of my Japanese Anemone Whirlwind when it flowers(also a peice brought from the old garden) here it is Stera.It has a semi double flower. I have planted it in a part shady area near my red leaved Japanese Acer.


Dahlia Bishop of York, although late planted out ,has been flowering really well now for some weeks.


Some other Dahlias that are planted away from the main borders/beds in a narrow border beside my greenhouse and underneath my Wisteria(also brought from the other house) the slugs or snails have just started to get
to them a bit.

This Pannicum (Switchgrass) Virgatum Shenandoah is a new plant I bought in the late winter (a clearance item that’s been well worth the 3.99 and more) I am really pleased with it .The flowers/seed heads are great (better in the sunshine, of course) but this photo doesn’t do it full justice. I think this area will look better still when the red leaved Sedums bulk out a bit next year. The leaves on this Pannicum should turn deep red later in the autumn.

And, this Eupatorium Capillifolium which I bought at Merriments gardens nursery (a bit of a gamble as I knew very little about it ) had looked a bit straggly but is growing lots of new foliage now

This is one of the very few grasses I brought with me from my old garden (I didn’t have many) .It flowered superbly last year in a pot and I was sure it was a Pennisetum but,I now realise I made a mistake …it’s actually Calamagrostis Brachytricha. The flower heads are just starting to unfurl but there are quite a lot of them.


And, finally,I wanted a few grasses to grow in pots for this quite shady area near the house. It wasn’t very attractive, just filled with plain ordinary looking small stones. And, heaven knows why the builders didn’t take the slabs right to the fence! Too lazy to be bothered to cut them, no doubt. So, we bought some more Yorkshire Cream stone chippings to match the ones on the other side of our patio, surrounding our shed , laid some membrane and added the stones.
On Saturday we went to a summer show at a local village , Paglesham, and there was a plant stall .These four cost a total of £7.50 so, nice to get a bargain and ideal for the shady spot, I believe. I will buy some bigger pots and add a few bigger plants next year.


Happy Gardening

Paul

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Your Kniphofia looks very different. Mine (a very ordinary one) only produced one spike this year, very disappointing.

2 Sep, 2015

 

Yes, I had Rooperi at the old house, too (the red/yellow one) but I bought this a few years back, to blend with some blues etc in the old garden and, I think it is more suited to my new borders than the Red/Yellow.

2 Sep, 2015

 

That is a beautiful Anemone Paul. Do you take cuttings from the Verbena Bon. or seeds? I find it difficult to keep the plant over the winter.

2 Sep, 2015

 

I just let them seed Linda, then move them where I want them.but of course, it is probably much milder here than up where u are.
In fact, they can seed a bit too much at times.One of my customer's gardens started to get overrun with them and I had to take some out last year.

2 Sep, 2015

 

You've got a good assortment of grasses Paul ! I bought one from our local nursery the other day, which is closing down this year for £1.50 ! Its called Panicum virgatum " Prairie Sky"
Bargain ...don't you think ! I love grasses ! I also got a good sized red Phormium for a £1 !

3 Sep, 2015

 

Excellent prices Rose.....some of the prices I've seen when sourcing plants for this garden are crazy.It's very difficult to buy ornamental grasses for less than £7.99 each which is just not on when trying to start a garden from scratch.

3 Sep, 2015

 

A lovely collection of Grasses Paul,they seem to like your new home..Nice Kniphofia too..I like it better than the red/yellow one,but I've never grown them..I never had any luck with Verbenia B seedlings either..probably because I cut them back to early....far too lethal with secateurs,but I'm learning :o)

3 Sep, 2015

 

Yes, I always wait till well into spring before trimming them back.
The red yellow Kniphofias weren't my favourites really but I had some in the big borders at my old garden because they added some colour and bulk!

3 Sep, 2015

 

I might just plant my own seeds Paul.

3 Sep, 2015

 

now i do like anenome "whirlwind." i like the scented verbena, but it has a nasty habit of self-seeding everywhere

3 Sep, 2015

 

Yes they are good seeders, most of the verbenas I think.

3 Sep, 2015

 

Have made a list of these to take to the garden centre when I have time to do some plant hunting.
Thanks Paul.

8 Sep, 2015

 

You're welcome Diane....that's the best part of gardening....going to the nursery/garden centre....haha!!

8 Sep, 2015

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