botany, especially of our British natives and gardening is a passion. Graduated in Botany and Zoology back in the late 70's and got my first garden in the early 80's. i grow plants to sell [50:50]for a local charity and to 'fund' the purchase of unusual plants for my very shady garden. 1/5 of an acre with only a small part in full sun. lots of trees in neighbouring gardens allows for woodland planting. british natives figure highly. am a member of the RHS and the HPS.
when my mum died my eldest brother 'allowed' me to raid her, now his garden for plants as a memorium to her. we both planted lupins in her memory as dad hated them and wouldnt allow her to have them.
i manage to grow gooseberries, blackcurrants and rhubarb in a small plot. beans are grown in tubs on the back path. toms, cucumbers& peppers in the green house.
favouite plants vary depending on month/season. snowdrops, snowflake, lily of the valley, nigel miss jekyl, clematis montana elizabeth, clematis 'victoria', anenome blanda, blue form. fritilaria melagris, & F. imperialis, old fashioned lilac, tiger lilies and martagon lilies. colchicums , schizostlus? coccinea. Really the list just keeps growing but when i see the above they make me smile.
both front and back gardens have moss or should that be lawns in the middle with flower beds around the edges. slowly getting rid of the straight lines and every spring i steal a little bit more of the grass.
am very envious of all you retired gardeners I have too many years to go to even think about it. the eldest girl went to uni in September 2011 and the other one has 4yrs more at school and then hopefully on to uni!
I dont have a favourite genus of plants but tend to be 'luke warm' about daisy type flowers, having said that i have several good asters, and leucanthemums that do a stirling job.
Joined in Feb 2009
Country: United Kingdom
County: east yorkshire