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shamus11
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 11:11 pm    Post subject: Whats in your garden? Reply with quote



I have the following trees on a relatively small property:
Stag horn sumac. These tend to put up rootlets all over the place.
Paw paw This is a native tree and sometimes produces berries.
Japanese bamboo. Only about 3 years old so I am not sure how it will take to zone 5.
Bottle brush buckeye. This is in full bloom right now - July 22 2006.
Mulberry.
Manitoba Maple. This tree is considered a huge massive weed.
Flowering crab apple. Turns bright pink on May 24th in zone 5.
Smoke bush
Japanese Maple. Bright red.
Drummond Maple sometimes called a Harlequin Maple. This tree will turn green over time unless the green branches are cut off.
Several spruce - 3 dead. Need someone to help me cut them down the dead ones because of wires and cables.
About a hundred cedars, close in and clipped to a 10 foot hedge.
Trees are very necessary in extremely hot summers.
I haven't mentioned the ornamental grasses because I have forgotten half of them. Nor have I mentioned the seeds that I collect every fall from many annuals.
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James Kilkelly
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 11:32 pm    Post subject: Whats in your garden? Reply with quote

Ok, at the moment my garden contains everything my parents planted.
They built a new house and I bought the old house and garden off them.
There is a big overhaul coming to this garden shortly, but at the moment it contains the following.....

Hydrangea macrophylla
Thuja "Rhiengold"
Lavandula angustifoloa "Hidcote"
Escallonia macranta and "Red Dream"
Genista lydia
Euonymus "Emerald & Gold"
Chives
Berberis thunbergii and thunbergii "Rose Glow"
Acanthus spinosa
Eleagnus pungens "Maculata"
Senicio greyii
Ceanothus "Glorie De Versailles"
Spirea "Anthony Waterer"
Potentilla fruiticosa "Abbotswood"
Rosa nozomi
Griselinia littoralis
Leylandii
Lonicera nitidia
Lavatera
Betula pendula

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The site where my house is used to be a 1 acre field, now it's a 1 acre building site. Luckily it's surrounded on 3 sided with mature hedges with hawthorns, blackthorns, willows, wild cherry, and ash, ash and more ash trees, since moving in I planted: 4 oak trees, 14 apple trees, 3 pear trees, 4 plum trees, and a cherry tree. Going to plant more native trees (Birch, willow, oak etc) and a native hedge at the front, and I've got some herbs in pots which I'm going to put in a bed.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 9:26 am    Post subject: What's in your garden? Reply with quote

I'm not sure what's in my garden! Alot of stuff I planted myself, some things I am begining to recognise, some plants I recognise but don't know their names.
My plants are mainly edible -
amaranth and other unusual salad leaves,
brocoli,
peas (had them for dinner last nigth - delicious!),
brussel sprouts,
lots of tomatoes,
aubergine (picked for the flower rather than the vegetable)
courgette (also delicious)
herbs such as sage, basil, corriander
experiments - loofah, papaya & lemons
flowers - sunflower bushes, marigolds & two Clematis, one growing really well, the other not really doing a whole lot.

Plants I inherited that I can recognise -
Plum tree,
A pink Hydrangea
two beautiful rose bushes - one pale pink & one bright red
Holly
wild flowers - a type of tall geranium, foxgloves & snowflakes
A gorgeous pink fuchsia
Honeysuckle
& lots of ivy! (and lots of bindeweed that i'm not too keen on!)

Plants I haven't got a clue what they -
I'll get some photos organised and put them up to see if anybody can help!

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volga
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 3:16 pm    Post subject: Whats in your garden? Reply with quote

Wow, what a diverse selection, maglet, crosseyedsheep, shamus11 and GPI. There are some plants there that I dont even recognise. Embarassed
I must rush off and make a list of whats in my garden.
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Bartley
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2006 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have conifers, conifers, and more conifers which were planted around the house when it was built five years ago. Today I had to remove three bushes ( dont know their name ) purple, which were attracting the wasps. There is a wasps nest in one of the conifers and we have tried every day to remove it by blasting it with the hose and each time they come back. It is difficult here in the west to grow anything because of the wet conditions and the slugs eat anything they can get hold of. I have had to put things in pots to get them to grow.
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Kevin G
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2006 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I noticed Bartley that when I put turf mold around the plants for water retention and weed suppression that the slugs and snails died trying to cross it to get to the plant! You would want to have an area or border around the plants of at least a foot wide and maybe 2-3 inches deep. Keep it raked and don't let it get compacted after the rains. The turf makes the bedding look well too and out here in the west there are lots of slugs but also plenty of turf mold! You'll never see a slug or a snail in the Bog! Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is the first year I have had a garden. So I think I went a bit mad! I spent most of April sewing seeds. There were pots everywhere - window sills, hot press, the floors! I have tried as many plants as I could grow or afford. I love cottage gardens. Diarmuid Gavan would say 'that's a bit twee'. I think I have some fairly typical cottage garden flowers - Marguerites, Astilbe, Dahlias, Gladioli, Hollyhock, Lillys, Petunia, BizzyLizzies, Sweetpea.. I have an Iceburg climbing rose and several clematis. (I am trying to hide the block wall). My veggie patch wasn't so successful this year, but there is always next year.
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