Northumberland Diary Discussion: 11 August 2015
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Northumberland Diary. Entry 303.Go to latest contribution by John Good, 15 August 2015, 07:32. Go to bottom of this page.
John, you might guess, I like that gardening philosophy very much! What I find in particular is how plants often can persist under less than ideal conditions and then, as you show with Thalictrum diffusiflorum, finding a new spot that gives them just what they need. This is one of the wonderful things about a garden, simply moving plants around and getting more of a sense where they do best. It's not random but considered, and the garden becomes more and more interesting as a result. The biggest problem I have is in trying to grow some plants that are not so well suited to our climate - I think cooler and wetter gardens have an advantage here because it is relatively easy to increase drainage (aeration) of the soil but not rainfall! Even so the microclimate of a garden can vary tremendously, far more than many gardeners must appreciate, and therein the ability to grow such a diversity of plants in a small area. It would be marvellous to visit some of the AGS and SRGC gardens further north - I think I would come home dreaming of primulas, meconopsis and dwarf rhododendrons, all those plants we can't grow so well!
This entry could be transcribed to my N. Wales diary as your 'philosophy' (if largely laissez-faireâ€‹ gardening can be described asÂ a philosophy) is pretty well identical to mine. I have always grown whatever IÂ fancy and paid little if any attention to 'garden effect', preferring to admire mass plantingsÂ of colour matched subjects in other people's gardens. I get more pleasure from seeing some obscure plant that I have finally managed to track down after years of pursuitÂ flower for the first time than any number of massed ranks of common-or-garden (sounds snobby I know!) border perennials. And of course, if that new plant has been raised here from seed the pleasure is so much the greater.