August 11th, 2013
Walking and driving around over this last few weeks I’ve noticed many of you have lost your Golden Robinia trees. After a little research I discovered the problem, well described by a knowledgeable gardener on the Gardeners World website:
Robinia pseudoacacia 'Frisia' is currectly suffering from a countrywide disease…. Dry, flakey bark with a canker-like appearance will show it is in fact the virus. There appears to be no cure.
We planted ours in 1990 and it has been a lovely feature but it has now definitely popped its clogs. Standing at around 8 metres it’s not going to be much fun to remove, but hey, ho. A dead plant, even a treasured, mature one like this, is a planting opportunity. Just be careful if you decide to do the same, it’s a brittle, spikey tree and could do your bare arms and face serious damage.
August 25th, 2013
Rosa 'Biddulph Grange'. Gorgeous, single red repeat flowering rose. Planted next to a purple aster.
Blue Agapanthus 'Headbourne hybrid' next to Crocosmia 'Lucifer'. The agapathus survived the last winter outside.
Pink buddlleia with red leaved berberis and an emerging miscanthus..
All taken early August 2013 at Charnwood.
September 1st, 2013
This is a good time to take some cuttings of your favourite tender perennials. It really is very easy and you get lots more plants, more or less for free. Because they are new they are often more vigorous and free flowering than their older ‘parents’. Geraniums, salvias and penstemons can all grow well from tip cuttings. As long as you are prepared to keep them watered and frost free over the winter there is little else to worry about.