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On a Chalk Hillside July 2023 – Developing our garden

Sun 16 / Jul / 2023
Unwanted wildlife affecting our garden this spring Two star plants in late June last year were Hebe ‘Great Orme’, and Hebe ‘Midnight Sky’:- I stress “last” year, as neither survived the winter, which was a great surprise to me – the Hebe ‘Great Orme’ was here when we arrived and…
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On a Chalk Hillside June 2023 – Developing our garden

Fri 16 / Jun / 2023
Before we start with spring sowing and growing, and look at more plants that did or did not survive the winter here, here are two shots of star plants in the garden at the end of May. I was a bit worried I had lost Lamium orvala as it was…
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On a Chalk Hillside – May 2023, Catching up with Seasonal gardening jobs

Tue 16 / May / 2023
Though this article is officially NOT about the weather 1) I’m British 2) Its been the winter, so a great many of the seasonal gardening jobs I would do/expect to do during the winter and spring in the garden are governed by the weather. On our chalk hillside we had…
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On a Chalk Hillside April 2023 – Hardy Plant Seeds winners and losers in our garden 2

Sun 16 / Apr / 2023
Let’s start with a current star plant in my garden in early April, and one that I have saved seed from to send to the HPS in previous years, the Snake’s Head Fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris):- Now after March’s pause to look at some lovely snowdrops, to part two of reporting…
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Eco Plant Whisperer – April 2023

Sat 25 / Mar / 2023
Helleborus – Orientalis It’s just not easy to spot an entire Hellebore plant at this time of year that doesn’t display the fungal signs of black spot on the leaves. Helleborus orientalis the Lenten rose seems particularly susceptible as with  the caulescent species of Hellebores. Hellebores do of course display…
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On a Chalk Hillside March 2023

Thu 02 / Mar / 2023
Posted on 02.03.2023 | Updated on 03.03.2023 | Added in Sheila May’s Blog Snowdrops  It is two years since I talked about snowdrops and the famous snowdrop gardens that inspired my love of the little plants, so I thought I would write about some more gardens and plants that we…
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Eco Plant Whisperer March 2023

Mon 27 / Feb / 2023
Galanthus nivalisThere are about  20 species of the common snowdrop Galanthus nivalis, but as a genus it is far more widespread, comprising approximately 1,500 cultivars ! Snowdrops were introduced into this country in the late 16 century from europe. Unfortunately the current  Conservation Status of Galanthus is near threatened !…
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On a Chalk Hillside February 2023

Fri 10 / Feb / 2023
Posted on 10.02.2023 | Added in Sheila May’s Blog Drought this summer – Hardy Plant Seeds winners and losers in our garden 1. Let’s start with a stalwart February star plant – Crocus tommasinianus – here flowering under the plum trees in our orchard:- These flowers are a vital source…
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On a Chalk Hillside January 2023

Sat 07 / Jan / 2023
Posted on 07.01.2023 | Added in Sheila May’s Blog Drought this summer – a giant winner, and how the vegetable garden coped Happy New Year.  Let’s start with a giant winner from the heat and drought of this summer.  You would expect Yucca filamentosa to have coped well with that…
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On a Chalk Hillside December 2022

Mon 05 / Dec / 2022
Posted on 05.12.2022 | Added in Sheila May’s Blog Drought this summer – winners and losers in our garden (2) Continuing on with my review of winners and losers in our decorative garden this year of drought and heat. As you all know, we have almost no topsoil to speak…
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My Wildlife Allotment December 2022

Tue 29 / Nov / 2022
Posted on 29.11.2022 | Added in Tales From My Wildlife Allotment We have had a very mild autumn with only one frosty night so far. Leaves are still hanging on many of the trees and some plants are still flowering. It is quite unusual that plants which normally flower at…
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On a Chalk Hillside November 2022

Fri 11 / Nov / 2022
Posted on 11.11.2022 | Added in Sheila May’s Blog Drought this summer – winners and losers in our garden (1)   I shall start with a current star plant that began flowering in September and was still going strong til the end of October – Cyclamen hederifolium ‘Album’ – growing under…
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My Wildlife Allotment November 2022

Tue 01 / Nov / 2022
Posted on 01.11.2022 | Added in Tales From My Wildlife Allotment After a cold start to October with one frosty night with -2C it has since then turned quite mild with temperatures reaching 20C during the day and night temperatures around 10C. Some plants have started growing again and the…
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Eco Plant Whisperer October 2022

Fri 14 / Oct / 2022
Posted on 14.10.2022 | Added in Eco Plant Whisperer Salvia x jamensis ‘Hot Lips’ Salvias comprise approximately 1000 species of annuals & perennials that belong to the family ( Lamiaceae) from South America. At the Lakeside Garden we have been propagating and increasing on a collection of various Salvia species…
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On a Chalk Hillside October 2022

Tue 04 / Oct / 2022
Posted on 04.10.2022 | Added in Sheila May’s Blog Variations in my self sown Aquilegias In May I mentioned that I have a lot of Aquilegia vulgaris in the garden and that I leave their seedheads so they can self-seed and hybridize, just removing the dirty pale pink ones that…
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My Wildlife Allotment October 2022

Fri 30 / Sep / 2022
Posted on 30.09.2022 | Added in Tales From My Wildlife Allotment The little bit of rain we had earlier this month unfortunately did not last long and everything is now quite dry again. At least the grass has turned green again and started growing so I had to get the…
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On a Chalk Hillside September 2022

Tue 06 / Sep / 2022
Added in Sheila May’s Blog Variations in my self sown Common Spotted Orchids You may recall when I wrote a series of articles regarding letting the grass grow, and seeing what comes up in it and I told you about my great delight in finding Common Spotted Orchids (Dactylorhiza fuchsii)…
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A sucker for ingenuity!

Wed 31 / Aug / 2022
Guess what’s sitting on top of the filter pipe, in the middle of the pond? asked my husband, as he looked out of the kitchen window. A frog I replied, a toad, a bird, a newt -running out of ideas…. no, he said -a snail! How is that possible -the…
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Erodiums

Wed 31 / Aug / 2022
Do all gardeners go through plant phases? Is it a collecting bug, similar to collecting fine china or antiques? Over the years I have just had to have as many Kniphofias, Crocosmias, Celmisias, Daphnes, Geraniums. Clematis and Erodiums as I could lay my hands on. Have I got room for…
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Lacking artistic flair

Wed 31 / Aug / 2022
Pyracantha For many years I have bought plants purely because I have liked them, seen them in other gardens, on photographs or in nurseries. Got them home and basically plonked them in the garden wherever I could find a space -in my book this is called haphazard cottage gardening. It…
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Hotbins

Wed 31 / Aug / 2022
My initial thoughts are that I love it!! Got it for Christmas and couldn’t wait to get it started, but it was impossible to place in the most suitable position in the garden, as this was already occupied by my last plastic ‘darlek’bin. So it fitted nicely, just outside the…
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Codonopsis

Wed 31 / Aug / 2022
Branklyn Gardens in Perth, Scotland, is, in my opinion one of the nicest gardens I have ever visited. I could go every week and not tire of it as there would be something different and unusual to discover on every visit. It was at Branklyn when I first spotted a…
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Rare self-seeder

Wed 31 / Aug / 2022
After reading Gill Regan’s article, entitled, ‘self-seeders, love them or hate them’, in the spring 2013 edition of the HPS Journal, I sat and nodded. ‘yes, they are a pain – spend minutes planting them and then years trying to get rid of them. Although I love the flowers of…
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Coronilla glauca

Wed 31 / Aug / 2022
Coronilla glauca against a sunny south facing wall You know when you are asked, usually by non-gardeners, ‘what’s your favourite plant?’ How can you pick one? -it depends upon the time of year, what type of plants you like and what grows well for you. You could name something different…
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