Back on the 4th April, I gave a quick run down on my latest bit of trial planting of very low plants. I almost gave up on it in early spring, when it looked like being overrun with weeds, and I started to move taller stuff in. But a couple of friends stayed my hand, and insisted I stick to the plan. I’m glad they did, and that I had the good sense to listen to them.
I’d read, some time back, about Clematis x durandii used as a cut flower in the Netherlands. It didn’t sound plausible. There’s something really stringy and splitty about its stems that makes you feel like it’d be useless at taking up water.
A couple of years back my mother-in-law gave me the best present ever – a gift voucher from a bulb supplier. In this case, Marcus Harvey’s Hillview Rare Plants.
I’m sitting up in bed, re-dawn, french doors open to the following view. Its morning number four and I’m yet to get bored with it.
I planted as I built my stone wall, following good Gertrude Jekyll principles.
Well-planted pots can pack a punch totally disproportionate to the number and volume of plants involved.
So the joys are shrinking.
At least they’re shrinking in physical size, but curiously without any diminution of their joy-level.
Another video. This time one of the most game-changing gardens in Australia Check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZT8AJQynsA8 or click here I’ll add a pic, just to entice you..
Is Ninfa, as is so often claimed, the most romantic garden in the world? Click here to hear my view One Thing – Ninfa Latest in my (visually slightly dodgy) video series on gardens of the world, and the one thing they do best. Why not join me later this year when I next visit
I’ve never found the space, or more correctly, the context, for small stuff in my garden.
I’d much prefer to be swallowed up in plants, than tiptoe over a carpet of them.
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I can’t decide if it’s just a matter of association, but I love the look of bulbs. I’m not talking about the flowers (though I love those too), I’m talking about the bulbs themselves. I love the feel of them. The weight of them. The texture of them.