Post by CollinMacleod on Jul 10, 2014 18:43:28 GMT
I don't know their names, they were planted by my mom many years ago. She is pretty far along being in her mid 80's, but she still knows, she will often say to me, "Did you go out and prune the", "Fill in blank", I then give her the blank stare. What does it look like mom?
Red Crocosmias, ah so that's what that is. Half the time these things start to come up and I pull them, want some Blue Bells? I have been trying to kill them for years, they are worse than Blackberries, they spread like Dandelions here. I don't know the flowers from the weeds that grow wild. I get in trouble for that once in a while. She has had flower gardens since I was a child. Where I grew up she had a flower garden that was immense. I may have an old photo I can scan. Since she grew up on a farm in Nevada, as soon as she married and came to a climate that would support flowers she went a bit crazy with it.
Bluebells and blackberry brambles, yes it's the same here. They spring up all over the place and I'm forever digging them up, though I do have a bluebell patch under some trees.
There's what we call a "green lane" behind us, which is basically an unpaved track with grassed borders, except this one has a lot of brambles in it. They are very tasty, but of course the birds drop the seeds all over our garden.
We have dandelions springing up everywhere in the spring too, though they've long since finished flowering - and seeding - for this year!
Post by CollinMacleod on Jul 10, 2014 18:55:38 GMT
Where I grew up, we had untamed forest behind us, a few hundred acres, (The pines were well over 100 feet tall). Bordering our house it was cleared back about 500 feet (When I was about 3 or 4), immediately trees and blackberries came in. By the time I was in high school it was a daily fight. Of course we had Poison Oak out there too. Very unpleasant. But we hiked through there anyway, we were stupid kids, and often paid for it.
Ah that's another fight. There are lot of large trees in the surrounding areas and in the road verges too and I often have to dig up ash and maple (sycamore) seedlings from the garden, and occasionally other tree seedlings too. I guess it's all worth it though!
I lost seven hebe bushes along with some other plants during the hard winter of three years ago. This is one of four replacements I propagated from a cutting I begged from another garden and which I planted out last year. It is now well settled in and this week flowered for the first time with these long flower spikes.
P.S. Tomorrow I'm visiting a plants fair at a local country house. I still have some space in the garden.