The last two attempts I've had at filling our Cornish garden with Alliums have failed dismally. Planting of these summer flowering bulbs is usually an easy, foolproof job to be done in the Autumn. By early spring they have popped up, full of promise, only to wimper and rot in the excessive rains to come. So this year I'm experimenting with planting these summer must-haves in pots, so that I can plant them out later. Guaranteed drainage and scope to move them into the greenhouse if it's too wet outside. Just call it their mobile home.
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
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Tuesday, 30 April 2013
I've been cooking up some leafy ideas for a friend's flat. First up is a large window box outside the kitchen sink, in full shade, on constant view - it's got to look green and luscious all year round. No soggy lavender here.
I'm thinking a woodlandy planting of Dryopteris, Libertia and Dicentra. The fern and Libertia are structurally evergreen, while the delicate Dicentra pops up in Spring, and after its flowers have faded, will remain in lovely fresh green leaf until November. Classy green and whites.
Next on the hit list: a container tree for the exposed roof terrace. Since it's not visible from the windows, nor going to be used much in the winter, I lean towards a deciduous tree, whose leaves will be absent during spells of harsh cold winds. An Acer would be lovely, or perhaps a Birch or Amelanchier. Whatever variety, I would go with a multi-stemmed form, to act as a green parasol against the city backdrop.
These Domani fibreglass cubes would make a very cool place for the tree to live:
Although on a smaller budget (Domani's pots take some saving up), Bright Green do a 'double skin' container that is similar (only up to 50cm though).
Last on the agenda is a wall on the roof terrace seen from the bi-fold doors year round, sheltered, and catching the west sun. The climbing rose 'Mermaid' flowers on and off all year round, and is semi-evergreen:
This could live in a container, so long as the rose has enough REALLY good, rich soil to put its roots deeply into. Up with the manure then...