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Notes from a Rose Garden 2021...

MarlorenaMarlorena East AngliaPosts: 6,767
edited May 2021 in Plants
This is a small garden, kind of U shaped, with several small areas within the whole, all a bit different.. No grass, very dry in summer often with long periods of drought..  I like to photograph and share plants, so for a few weeks, if anyone is looking in, hope you find something of interest..  I take too many pics for gallery threads..

I have 75 roses, 18 Austins, 14 Clematis, an arch, about 8 obelisks, and trellis supports..  This is a no spray garden, I don't worry about aphids or black spot, my main issues are leaf rolling sawflies, and pollen beetles which swarm until August... they arrive from the oil seed rape fields around here and I cannot wear anything yellow in the garden as a result.

I also cope with field Horsetail weed, but I've got used to it as it's undefeatable..
I'm not a designer, and I love clashing colours..

This is my Dry Garden.. it goes unwatered except for new plantings.. it has a Central, South and North bed.. it's about 60 feet long, reclaimed from the road, sandy, hard core rubble and stones.. soil down there somewhere..

..the Central bed today...

I use Stipa gigantea as a focal point, one of my favourite plants.. it towers over everything else..

Helianthemum 'Fire Dragon'.. 

..more to follow...


  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 15,454
    edited May 2021
    I had no idea low growing, mat forming erysimum or tiny berberis existed. Is the Bagatelle very spikey? Thanks for all the knowledge you are sharing.
  • MarlorenaMarlorena East AngliaPosts: 6,767
    ..thanks for looking in...  yeah it is spikey, lots of small thorns, but I just love the colour..  I did have 2 of them but a car ran over one... hazards of roadside planting..
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 15,454
    Good to know it's a thing. I will go for low growing Erysimum "Constant Cheer" for a community bed. It's just the thing! Thanks for that.

  • gjautosgjautos BuckinghamshirePosts: 343
    Its beautiful. Questiin if I may. How quickly does your stipa gigantic grow? I planted one this year, its was purchased in a 3L pot, and so far is only around 24 inches tall. 
  • MarlorenaMarlorena East AngliaPosts: 6,767
    ..a 3L pot is a good size to start... I found in the first year it only produced a couple of flowering spikes, but it does establish quickly to form a 3 foot spread of grassy foliage.. wait till the 2nd year, it's a fabulous plant that deserves centre stage..

    I don't know 'Constant Cheer' so hope to see that from you later on..
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