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Six on Saturday 13/01/2018

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It doesn’t seem possible does it? Already 2 weeks into January, almost halfway though the month! But what a mild week it has been, the grass seems to be growing, certainly put on a bit of growth in the weeks between my visit to one site, hoping we get a little bit of colder weather to slow it down! One thing I hate is those winter days where it’s just dull all day, makes me feel very inclosed and we had a week of those, only day it was bright and cheerful was on Wednesday when I had the pleasure of taking a pruning workshop for a small group at Waterperrys in Oxford, the gardens there are always wonderful and it was lovely taking time to spend basically talking about a job I love doing, pruning roses. Taking about pruning let’s delve into my sin on Saturday for this week, again coming from a clients garden in the new forest.

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First one of the 6 this week has to be pruning these beautiful espalier apple trees, not had much pruning done for a few years, had to do a little corrective works on them to get them into a little more of a shape but very happy for the finished works, will be summer pruning them next time.

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Ahh yes a simple pot marigold or calendula, been flowering non stop since the summer! A massive ray of sunlight on a dull January day and also the first time I have seen on flowering this late in the season

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Ahh still some rose hips about, almost like Christmas baubles left on the Plants, forgotten by all, for some reason the birds have left these alone but how lovely is it to see them on the plant this late on in the season. No idea on the rose yet, not seen it flower properly,

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Rosemary and I am guessing this form is Miss Jessop upright, well the straight upright stems are a little bit of a giveaway! One plant we never think about using as a wall shrub, it makes a great espalier if grown on a sunny wall or 6ft fence panel! Takes a few years to get there, but well worth it, sorry got lost on another line of thought! Yes flowering remarkably early this year.

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I just had to add this Sarcococca into the mix, the smell from its tiny white flowers just filled the whole garden with its scent, again without the planting plan, the size of the shrub along with the leave shape leads me to believe its hookeriana var Humilis. Great for a small garden and the scent is just out of the world!

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Another pruning shot, this time of a pear tree that’s been fan trained, not seen many fan trained pear trees, normally it’s the stone type fruit trees that get fan trained, once again though these trees need a bit of work to get them back into a little bit of shape, felt happy with them now I am done, will summer prune umm in the summer 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my 6 on Saturday from My clients gardens. If you did please checkout other people’s 6 on the memes founder website https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/ I love seeing other people’s plants and what’s happening in their gardens. Why not give it ago yourself next week and give me a shout so I can take a look

Until next week, have fun in the garden

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6 on Saturday 06/01/2018

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Well first of all, happy new year to you all, I hope you hangovers how now disappeared and you are back in the full swing of normality, it can be a mad time getting back to work, I try and have this time off to sort out the next few months work sorted and pencilled in. But enough of work for a minute and it’s time to enjoy the super 6 on Saturday and this week for a change I actually have things to show you from my own garden! Things are slowly being to happen in it thankfully, still have a few bulbs to plant but they will be done over the weekend!

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Ahh first thing that’s happening is the new children’s play house (with a alpine roof, see more planting space, I may look silly……) got the bulk done and now adding the cedar shingles, never done them before and they are all different angles which is fun but I am getting there, happy with it so far, kids are well excited.

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Well you will get bored of my Edgeworthii over the next few weeks but these flowers just starting to open are getting me excited! The slight scent from the couple that have opened, smells stunning! Teasing me it is!

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Iris happiness has really opened from nowhere and it really did bring me a bit of happiness seeing it for the first time in flower. It’s a new iris for me and I do love these dwarf irises, indeed brought quite a few this year to try

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Galanthus lady Beatrix Stanley has the honour of being my first snowdrop to open this year and her ladyship is indeed very beautiful

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Nandina domestica ‘obsessed’ is another new plant for me and it looks perfect for my pots at the front of the house, just love the mix of colours in this plant

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Just a few pansies but they haven’t stop flowering since I have planted them, how beautiful do they look!

I hope you enjoyed my 6 on Saturday from My gardens. If you did, please checkout other people’s 6 on the memes founder website https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/ I love seeing other people’s plants and what’s happening in their gardens. Why not give it ago yourself next week and give me a shout so I can take a look

Until next week, have fun in the garden

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6 on Saturday 30/12/17

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Well I hope you all had a great Christmas and enjoying a well earnt break from just doing life, maybe your turkeys now all been eaten or maybe not!

Not had much time in the garden in the last week, spent a bit of time on the kids playhouse but still have bulbs to plant and plants to prune back but that will wait for a few days I think………

The end of the year for me is a time to look back and enjoy what’s happened in the last year and look forward to next year and that’s exactly what I am doing with my 6 on Saturday this week, taking a look back though a few months of this excellent meme and putting my favourite 6 back up for you to enjoy. Just feels right too me for some reason

So here’s the first

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Geranium wlassovianum ‘Lakwijk Star’ another new plant for me, I love wlassovianum anyway, I find it such a great performer in gardens, the foliage is so attractive appearing in the spring, followed by a summer of flowers ended with a great display of autumn colour on the foliage, can’t wait to see this plant mature from 12/08/2017

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Rosa ‘Louis XIV’ well for those who have followed my blog for a while, will remember this one from my rose watch and it’s still going so strongly now, must be on 5th flowering now, such a beautiful rich colour and brilliant scent and who said heritage roses only flowered once! From 22/7/2017

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Tricyrtis formosana. This unusual perennial plant from Taiwan is to me the real sign that autumn has us in her grip! One of the latest plants the flower in our borders, the road lily doesn’t disappoint, holding these unusual shape flowers upright. It is at home in the soil here as well as loving the deep shade. The toad or snake lily certainly makes a talking point in any garden from 9/09/2017

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My patio is finished! We always forget what a difference the hard landscaping can make to our garden, this has transformed the space into a more courtyard feel, with the pacing bringing out the best of the plants surrounding it. From 2/09/2017

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We always think of roses worth growing just for their flowers but look at the autumn foliage! Rosa rugosa is a wonderful rose that colours up so well and if you are lucky, can have some massive hips as well from 18/11/2017

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I love my alpines and also my fossils and mixing the two together in one beautiful pot is just ideal, more importantly, the fossils were collected on our holidays and will remind us about the time away and my 2 girls helped me to plant it up. From 4/11/2017

I hope you enjoyed my trip back though memory lane for my 6 on Saturday from both mine and a clients garden. If you did please checkout other people’s 6 on the memes founder website https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/ I love seeing other people’s plants and what’s happening in their gardens. Why not give it ago yourself next week and give me a shout so I can take a look

And if I don’t see you before next weeks, I hope you have a very happy new year

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Six on Saturday- 23/12/17

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Ahh the last six on Saturday before Christmas, I hope you have got all your presents brought and wrapped ready for the big day? Enjoyed my last few days at work, got a few things finished off, Plants planted, bulbs well finished (apart the last few for home, 150 is just a few isn’t) and now ready for Christmas. Now talking about the big C, I spent a while thinking about what to do for the Six this Saturday, wanted to do something different, so here’s the 6 on Saturday featuring 6 Plants that help to make Christmas a special time of year for us!

Holly

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One of the old favourites to decorate the house with and also part of the famous Christmas carol, The Holly and the Ivy. This uk native. In Pagan traditional, it was unlucky to bring it into the house before Christmas Eve but after Christmas, if male Holly was brought in first, the male would be rumoured to rule the house for the next year, if it was female, then the lady of the house would. Within the Christian faith, the prickles of Holly where thought to represent the thorny crown placed on his head and the berries, the blood of Christ. No matter the truth behind the name, it still makes a great winter plant

Ivy

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The next one has to be its companion within the Christmas song, Ivy! It is again another British native and used to decorate our homes for thousands of years. In Germany it is supposed to warn off a lighting strike! It’s also so important for wildlife in our gardens

Mistletoe

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Ahh where would we be without mistletoe at Christmas, no renditions of Cliff Richards Mistletoe and wine or no where to kiss under for a start! Mistletoe has been used for thousands of years, druids rated mistletoe as one of their most sacred of all plants for its mystic powers some of which ward off evil spirits from our homes. It is thought the Vikings are the first people to start the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe.

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Again another British native plant and one that’s got its roots firmly in our ancient history. Thought to ward off evil spirts and have been planted around churchyards for that reason or the churches were build near old yew trees to fit in to the old beliefs maybe. Yew trees are also the first Christmas trees here in the uk, brought over from Germany by Queen Charlotte when she married king George around 1800.

Pine cones

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Pine cones have become a big part of Christmas, mainly started as homemade decorations on trees and around the house and again have become popular once more. Pines also have been used for Christmas trees since early 1820s

Hellebores or Christmas rose

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What more can I say about this beautiful plant, we need some flowers at this time of the year and these are just so beautiful!

I hope you enjoyed my Christmas 6 on Saturday! It’s a little different from my normal one and I have cheated and used photos from my library, just hoping I won’t get sent to the naughty step for 44minutes by the propagator.

If you did please checkout other people’s 6 on the memes founder website https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/ I love seeing other people’s plants and what’s happening in their gardens. Why not give it ago yourself next week and give me a shout so I can take a look

Have a wonderful Christmas!

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6 on Saturday- 16/12/17

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Can’t believe it’s been a week since the last 6 on Saturday but what a week! Some of you lucky people had snow while down here all we had was rain and well a few flakes of snow and then more rain and then frost, lots of frost but that said I like a good frost. But it has well and truly marked the main start of winter and this is does make finding 6 things on Saturday a little harder to find. But like anything the harder you look the more you shall find!

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1) Pittosporum ‘Tom Thumb’ I love pittosporums one of my favourite evergreen shrubs, this form is slow growing form and makes a great plant of winter interest

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2) Rudbeckia seed heads just turn this stunning black colour after they have finished flowering, just how stunning it this !

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3) nature is wonderful isn’t, this crumbling section of wall is being dripped on from a leaking gully above had led this brilliant spot for mosses and ferns to thrive, harts tongue fern and maiden hair spleenwort are just two that have made home here

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4) The common snowberry, Symphoricarpus alba to give it’s real name and to be honest I do not like this plant at all, it’s a bit spreading, gets everywhere but just look at the berries, like winter pearls!

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5) Pampas grasses are such big plants that do need a bit of space to really work, indeed some of the best planting’s I have seen were planted on a roundabout, looked beautiful as does this clump in the early evening light, I love the large plumes of them, catching the first rays of sunshine or the last few moments before darkness appears

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6) ok will be a bit cheeky this week and feature a job I have done another blog on, cutting back the old leaves on Hellebores but it’s a prefect job to do this week so take a look and see how easy it is. It can be found here

I hope you enjoyed my 6 on Saturday from My clients gardens. If you did please checkout other people’s 6 on the memes founder website https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/ I love seeing other people’s plants and what’s happening in their gardens. Why not give it ago yourself next week and give me a shout so I can take a look

Until next week, have fun in the garden

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6 on Saturday 9/12/2017s

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Well what a mixed bag weather wise, rain and more rain and then bloody cold! That said I do like the cold and even more at this time of year, heading into deepest winter, it does feel a lot like winter now. In the past week I have been on a little working trip down to Cornwall, mainly to speak to the Cornish Garden Society but I decided to use my time wisely and spent a glorious day at the Eden Project on the Tuesday and then around Burncoose of Southdown Nursery on Wednesday and these are where my 6 on Saturday are indeed coming from! Would also like to say it was great to meet a fellow blogger and 6 on Saturday contributer Jim Stevens, wonderful to meet you at last fella!

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Ahh the tree dahlia, Dahlia imperialis, is indeed the mightiest of all the dahlias and one that also flowers very late in the year, at well over 15ft tall, it is indeed tree like and these ones just outside the Mediterranean biodomes are the first ones I have seen in flower and did they look gorgeous, well worth the wait to see them in their full glory!

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The Mediterranean dome is my favourite of them both, I think mainly as I can relate more to the plants that grow in there more than the tropical plants in the other dome, but also I think it’s more than that, it’s the bird sound echoing around the dome, love the olives, love the vines, just love the place!

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Ahh the parakeet flower (Heliconia psittacorum) from the tropical dome, a dash of paradise!

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Now for a plant that just doesn’t look real does! Looks like it’s been made from China and highly glazed, well it’s the pineapple ginger, tapeinochilos ananasse, so beautiful isn’t

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Had to add this handknitted jersey for a tree fern outside, they have added these to the weaker tree ferns to protect them more from the winter cold and damp, Just loved them!!

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To me the winter is over when the daffodils come out and umm I am going to have to change that thought! This early form called Rijinvelds early sensation is the earliest I have ever seen out in flower within the uk quite strange seeing it out in flower in early December, with the worse of the winter to

I hope you enjoyed my 6 on Saturday from The Eden Project. If you did please checkout other people’s 6 on the memes founder website https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/ I love seeing other people’s plants and what’s happening in their gardens. Why not give it ago yourself next week and give me a shout so I can take a look

Until next week, have fun in the garden

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Six on Saturday- 2/12/17

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Well I can’t believe it’s now December and it won’t be long now until the big C is upon us, driving back from the various jobs I have been doing this week, I have seen the Christmas lights in peoples gardens, rise from one or two houses to over 20 houses on the way back, quite often just trying to keep up with the Jones, one street had 6 front gardens in a row all lit up, only one there on Sunday! At last we have had some cold weather to make us feel it’s winter, great to wake up to the clear skies and no rain. I hope we get more days like this.

Moving onto the 6 on Saturday, this weeks 6 again comes from one of my clients garden and In homage to #nationaltreeweek I decided to do the six on trees that they have growing in their garden. I hope you enjoy them

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Now this old walnut tree (Juglans regia) is sadly on its last legs, in tree years it could have another 10yrs to go, the big trunk on the left finally died this year after many years of looking weak. The rest of the tree isn’t too great either but it’s still going, the large holes it’s had in its branches and trunk have been filled in many years ago with cement, the newer ones have been used by blue tits and great tits as home, indeed it was also home to wild bees this year. It’s one of the great old characters in this garden, the safety side of me, thinks we need to fell it but the tree lover side says let’s keep it going for as long as we can and indeed that’s also what the clients want, so hopefully will be here for a few more years yet, even if it will be slightly smaller!

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I had to add this sliver birch (Betula pendula) into the six, not that old maybe about 20yrs old, but Just looks stunning up in the wild corner where the sun can catch the silver bark in the morning sun.

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The garden is lucky to have a lot of old fruit trees, about 20 in number I think, these trees where all planted in the 1930’s but still product good fruit most years, last year was bad, with the blossoms being caught by quite a few frosts. These pictured above are James Grieve and they will be the first ones to be pruned in January once I return from my hols, a few weeks later, they will be a picture of snowdrops and then followed by daffodils.

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This cedar (Cedrus atlantica) is going to be a stunner in this landscape for many years to come, it’s about 70-80yrs old and already is making a fine tree, given time, it will power above the surrounding plants and just look majestic.

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ahh a weeping willow (Salix babylonica) is one of the iconic of all trees, this beautiful weeping tree was hard pruned back a couple of years ago after dropping major branches and it’s looking back to its best now, soon there will be a pond in front of this one, making it look even more beautiful!

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This huge old Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastum) really does make this area and it’s a great parkland tree, the age of this tree is unknown but I think it’s the good side of 100yrs old. These trees are under threat with leaf miner moth and bleeding canker attacking them both at the same time in some cases. There’s no bleeding canker on this tree but the leaf miner moth does cause a lot of damage to the leaves. But the tree is still going strong and I hope for many more years to come

I hope you enjoyed my 6 on Saturday from my clients garden. If you did please checkout other people’s 6 on the memes founder website https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/ I love seeing other people’s plants and what’s happening in their gardens. Why not give it ago yourself next week and give me a shout so I can take a look

Until next week, have fun in the garden

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Six on Saturday 25-11-2017

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Well happy Saturday one and all. Me and my partner went out last night for the first time since the youngest was born and it was a surprise to come out and see the cars frozen at 11pm, winter is now finally here and as I sit down writing this, it’s getting lighter outside and the normal brown tiles on the surrounding houses are white and shining from the frost, kinda wishing I had put my Salvias in the garage last night. The week has been good! Spent a wonderful afternoon at the GMG awards this week and many congratulations to Jack Wallington for winning the blogger of the year, very well deserved!

This weeks six things happening in the gardens this Saturday again mainly comes from my clients gardens once more. Mine is getting slightly neglected at the moment, have still got a few bulbs to plant and also the materials ordered up for playhouse I am building for the kids, maybe it will be here for next weekend….

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Love the leaf effect of Fatsia japonica but the flowers are also so beautiful, the ivy on steroids flowers are borne in the autumn and early winter and bring a touch of architecture into your garden

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The common beech tree, one of the most underrated trees we grow anywhere in our gardens, look good for 12 months of the year and with half the leaves missing and oh believe me there may had been over half!, they still look stately, I love driving around and seeing the golden colour they turn in the autumn. They to me, are the trees of the autumn

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Couldn’t make my mine up on which picture to use for this hydrangea so I decided to use them both, often under rated for their autumn colour but how brilliant is that mix of colours and to have the flower there as well was the added bonus indeed

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One of my favourite hellebores, argutifolia has some of the most attractive dark green leaves and a bit spiky around the edges but it’s the green flowers that normally appear in February, makes them even more special. Such a great plant

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Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ is one of the most commonly planted of all mahonia and with its spikey large leaves and in the autumn, these large highly scented flowers really makes it’s a plant well worth adding to your garden if you have the space!

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Compost turning! Redoing a couple of beds for a client and it means I have to use some of great home produced compost, once I emptied one bin, I turn the next oldest in to the bay, good job too and it was pretty dry at the moment, should be ready for the spring I hope

I hope you enjoyed my 6 on Saturday from my clients garden. If you did please checkout other people’s 6 on the memes founder website https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/ I love seeing other people’s plants and what’s happening in their gardens. Why not give it ago yourself next week and give me a shout so I can take a look

Until next week, have fun in the garden

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Six on Saturday 18/11/2017

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Well another week all gone, they seem to be flying by at the moment with autumn fast disappearing into winter, already we have had more frosts here in Hampshire than we did for the whole winter a couple of years ago. Despite that there’s still loads of work to do in the garden and loads of things to admire and enjoy the beauty of. Yes at times we may need to look harder but it’s all still there.

This weeks 6 comes from a new clients garden I have started to help look after in the new forest. It’s a delightful garden that’s sleeping under a few years lack of direction, the new owners are keen to change that and bring it to its full glory

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We always think of roses worth growing just for their flowers but look at the autumn foliage! Rosa rugosa is a wonderful rose that colours up so well and if you are lucky, can have some massive hips as well

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The tree lupin, Lupinus arboreus, is a great shrub to have in the garden, not that common to have its lovely flowers showing off at this time of year but also look at how the water holds on the leaves, so beautiful!

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At this time of year it’s easier to see some of the beautiful nests the birds put together to raise their young, some of them are worthy of being in an art gallery and this little delicate one made from feathers, sheeps wool, hair from the nearby horse and lichen. How beautiful and so soft! I think it was a flycatchers best, though willing to be corrected, it was near the top of a pittosporum I was pruning

img 1195 1 Six on Saturday 18/11/2017At this time of the year, you start to notice the attractive bark on some plants and prunus serrula is one of the best! Hidden by the foliage of the spotted laurel, it now can be admired and enjoyed once more

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Sometimes we have to look closely to see beauty in the garden and most people would walk past this pittosporum tenifolium and not notice the seed pods opening up but look at the colour of those seeds!

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Well we started with autumn colour, let’s finish with it! Cercis canadensis is just on fire at the moment! Just look at this colour! Stunning simply stunning,

I hope you enjoyed my 6 on Saturday from my clients garden. If you did please checkout other people’s 6 on the memes founder website https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/ I love seeing other people’s plants and what’s happening in their gardens. Why not give it ago yourself next week and give me a shout so I can take a look

Until next week, have fun in the garden

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Six on Saturday, 4/11/17

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Well well well welcome November! With its gun powder and plot! I love this time of year, to the non gardener, it seems the the start of the end of the gardening year, to the gardeners, they know it’s the start of next years display, with bulbs being planted, plants divided, seeds being sourced and sown and evergreens shaped. It’s these things that shaping my six on Saturdays for the next few weeks. 

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I love my alpines and also my fossils and mixing the two together in one beautiful pot is just ideal, more importantly, the fossils were collected on our holidays and will remind us about the time away and my 2 girls helped me to plant it up
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Bulbs bulbs bulbs don’t you just love them! These are some of my new snowdrops, dwarf irises and specie tulips I have brought, love having pots of bulbs to bring out and display with their beauty, tried a simple lasagne with specie tulips and iris reticulate types. Can’t wait to see them in flower
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Well managed to get my winter and spring pots all planted up with my middle daughter helping me, planted up with all winter interest (I hope!) and with a mix of tulips, dwarf iris and hyacinths to give a burst of colour and scent next to our front door
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I love Sedums for 12 months of the years, whatever the weather, there’s something to enjoy with them and at this time of year, it’s the flower skeletons that give us enjoy in the garden, won’t be until February before I cut them back to show off the purple buds underneath
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This unknown pyracantha by my front door is and I will be honest a right pain in the backside tbh in the summer, it needs cutting back every 2-3weeks to stop it hiding our front door, but this is worth it, it makes a tightly clipped bush that shows off the berries so well! A few weeks time the blackbirds would of stripped them off and it will be bare for the winter
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Not from my garden but I had to include it on this weeks 6, just so beautiful isn’t, it’s sorbus Sargentii in full autumn glory in a clients garden on Thursday. It’s faulty become one of my favourite Sorbus.

I hope you enjoyed my 6 on Saturday from both mine and a clients garden. If you did please checkout other people’s 6 on the memes founder website https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/ I love seeing other people’s plants and what’s happening in their gardens. Why not give it ago yourself next week and give me a shout so I can take a look

Until next week, have fun in the garden

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Six on Saturday 28/10/17

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Well it doesn’t seem like a week since I was writing the one for last week, the weather that effects us gardeners more than others, ended up being pretty wet but so warm this week thankfully drying out a little towards the end of the week, with that strange yellow thing in the sky appearing for one day. The rumour is Jack Frost could be arriving this week, I wonder how tough he will be, need to get the rest of my tender plants in overcome this weekend, hopefully to save them for next years enjoyment. Anyway here are this weeks 6 highlights from my own and my clients gardens.

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This lovely hydrangea has decided it’s time to flower again for some reason, seems a common occurrence amongst hydrangeas this year, never mind, we get to enjoy their beautiful flowers for a little longer!
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Acer palmatum Dissectum Atropurpureum delights us in this garden with its purple foliage during the summer months and then turns this wonderful colour in the autumn supposed to be a slow growing shrub, it loves the clay soil on this site and is now putting on about a foot of growth every year
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Time for some hips and Rosa glauca is having one last throw of the delight dice, after thrilling is all summer with its grey foliage and small but perfectly formed pink flowers, it finishes the season with some great hips and I love great hips!
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Iris foetidissima is better known as the stinking iris mainly as the flowers and to a lesser degree the foliage just stink! It’s a horrid cat wee smell and for me the only saving graces are it is a british native, the leaves are evergreen and the seed pods are stunning,
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Leaf piles! Nothing and I repeat nothing says autumn more than a pile of leaves and no matter how long it takes me to produce a huge leaf ruck I can not help myself going through it and kicking some into the air, grabbing a handful and just smelling them, only to be done with fresh dry leaves I may add! Fallen leaves are the sign summer is over and the naked trees a sign winter is here
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Spiders spiders everywhere! Wherever you look at this time of year the evidence of spiders can be found in hedges, grass and borders. Their cobwebs are like natures own deadly decorations bringing in winter, really luck to get this one after a heavy mist the other day!
I hope you enjoyed my 6 on Saturday from both mine and a clients garden. If you did please checkout other people’s 6 on the memes founder website https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/ I love seeing other people’s plants and what’s happening in their gardens. Why not give it ago yourself next week and give me a shout so I can take a look

Until next week, have fun in the garden

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6 on Saturday 21/10/17

Well well what a stormy week with another one due to hit but what a name Brian, all I can think of is Brian from the Magic Roundabout coming slowly to hit us with all his might. After putting a fence up yesterday, I am hoping it’s not too hard his might that is! 

My six on Saturday again comes from a clients garden, not too sure if I have featured the garden on here before but never less it’s in Winchester on thin soil over chalk, I have spent a while redesigning  some parts of it and it’s really starting to look good now. Anyway here’s my six on Saturday!

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First up is this great Liquidambar. This sweet gum was planted about 27yrs ago by the current owner and Just looks so beautiful at this time of year doesn’t. It’s one of my favourite trees for autumn colour, just how stunning is it! One thing about Liquidambars, the books tell you it can’t be grown on chalk soils, well this one is doing ok isn’t and there’s no more than 150mm depth of topsoil here before solid chalk!
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Ahh the Salvia that took the world by storm, becoming one of the most popular of the flowering sages and how rightly so, it just keeps on flowering right until the first frosts kill it off, Hot Lips is Just so beautiful isn’t
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Rosa ‘Kew Gardens’ has been flowering since June and is still going strong, it’s a pretty newish release from David Austin Roses and it is going to be a winner for them
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Carex ‘Evergold’ planted up about 12 months ago from 9cm pots and really have grown and filled out so well, they give 12 months of colour, a worthy addition to any garden
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Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’ this variegated grass is one of my favourites, the variegation is very fine but gives the plant a very graceful appearance, one I wanted in this border, looks beautiful in the autumn sun and breeze
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Well we started with some trees in autumn colour so I thought I would finish with it too and a another one of my favourite trees the tulip tree or Lirodendron tulipifera to give it’s full name. This one is the same age as the Liquidambar but turns a butter yellow in the autumn and looks just stunning

I hope you enjoyed my 6 on Saturday from my clients garden. If you did please checkout other people’s 6 on the memes founder website https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/ I love seeing other people’s plants and what’s happening in their gardens. Why not give it ago yourself next week and give me a shout so I can take a look

Until next week, have fun in the garden