So, is this little plant, Ranunculus ficaria, offensive or not?
It is incredibly effective at spreading itself about: the little bulblets drop off the roots as you dig up the plant to remove it, and lo! you have fifteen instead of one.
But, as you can see here, what can happen is that you end up with the prettiest Springtime carpet.
This is in the ‘Planty’ park in Krakow; I don’t know if the celandine is deliberate or accidental, but since the Forsythia is looked after so well (this is exactly how it should be pruned), extrapolation suggests it was added to produce a wonderful plant partnership. And great ground cover!
The flowers and leaves flourish for a brief period in mid-Spring, then die back and vanish till next year.
I’ve found, in a mix of accident and experiment, that Snowdrops; Lesser Celandine and Astrantia (Masterwort) work in succession brilliantly, each hiding the dying leaves of the previous, and enjoying deciduous light shade, woodland style (which means damp in spring but drier throughout the summer).
My conclusion, is that since it’s impossible to eradicate once you have it, that it’s best to make the most of it!
I love exhibitions; it’s just so exciting finding wonderful new products.
Of course, some are less than wonderful, but I’m not including them here…
Obviously, I have to put Lumena Lights right up there; as they splashed my garden all over their marketing!They sell good quality mid-range lights with replaceable bulbs.
These next two products are intriguingly linked. It’s both being screens, although the second is an unexpected but so useful one:
This is a first for me, a smoker/pizza oven in a beehive!
How to make your evenings more pleasurable!The latest in patio heaters and features.
These cast-iron firepits are meant to last at least 25 years. Worth the investment, and can be made to you own specification.
To the right: an intriguing system for screening your patio. Keeps the rain out too!
To the left: I love the colourful trellis (and painting it oneself is such a chore); and larch is a lovely extra-long-lasting wood. The sailors of you might have moored up to larch pilings…
Hard Landscaping Materials
I do prefer the feel of natural wood decking, and the new product to the left, from Roundwood of Mayfield, seems to solve the need for ease of maintenance with a really goood product.
I love natural materials and modern exciting ones too, so long as they are good quality and work well. These clay pavers are the most durable around; the Cedec will not last for very long, but can be very readily top-dressed and will look good-as-new again. Both very sustainable products!
These capable clients wanted a garden that would be secure, yet welcoming and attractive; have year round colour in a traditional informal style, yet with a modern feel to blend their modern house into its environment.
They wanted to retain some lawn but to increase the interest by extending the flower beds. They liked cottage garden-styles and also architectural planting along with perennials and grasses.
The planting in all the front gardens of the street was meant to be low and open.
There was a large cherry tree in the lawn, whose roots had risen to the surface and caused problems with mowing.
Access to the house was only from the drive to the side. When cars are parked in the drive, space to walk to the front door was restricted. The planting would have to be low and soft or smooth in this area.
A sense of enclosure was to be created with a hedge of Cornus which could be kept low and loosely pruned.
The square lawn was turned into a spiral, creating a journey alongside the flowerbeds from the front door to the centre and back again, all within the same small space. The lawn itself is beautiful in winter when the flowers are gone. Stepping stones amidst herbs were placed from the drive to the lawn.
The planting was largely herbaceous and bulbs so that there would be spectacular colours from spring to autumn, with a backbone of multi-season shrubs such as Viburnum opulus and Physocarpus opulifolius “Dart’s Gold”.