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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 2:33 pm 
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Last autumn I cleared and replanted a rockery in our garden with lots of bulbs. The first are flowering now, which is really nice. Though I can see various little shoots of grass and young Spanish bluebells are still there, so they'll take some attention shortly. So hard to get rid of those two plants.... Anyway, this is Iris Katherine Hodgson.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2016 2:33 pm 
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With the Spanish bluebell in my garden after getting rid of the majority of them, I found it easy to just pull the leaves and leave the bulb in the ground in a couple of years they were all gone.

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OK I'll try that in a couple of months - I'm not 100% sure what plant is what at the moment, and I'd hate to be pulling up things I want :P

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I post these kind of things round about this time of year as the garden is just so pretty with the crocuses now!


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Great pics Rob, esp the Iris. they have just added some more inspiration to the rock garden i'm planning for my front garden.
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Thanks. The dark iris is 'Gordon' and the bigger, paler one is 'Katherine Hodgkin'.

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What a super show those crocus give. I too like the miniature iris :D

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very nice (seriously). Nothing in my garden is even showing above ground.

Will you have the time, or inclination, to help us 'novices' out regarding how we may create a similar 'rockery'?

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very nice (seriously). Nothing in my garden is even showing above ground.

Will you have the time, or inclination, to help us 'novices' out regarding how we may create a similar 'rockery'?


Ha! Well, the limestone rocks were brought by my parents from a house they moved out of in the 1970s. They'd be very expensive to buy now.

The rockery itself is a mound of a mix of long-dead turfs, brick rubble and potsherds. Over this is poured a mix of about equal parts coarse sand, grit and a soil-based compost like John Innes No1 (if that's too expensive then just garden loam). Lots of drainage anyway, and not too much clay - when it dries out you don't want concrete. You shape it at the end using the big chunks of rock in "terraces" with lines of the big rocks forming like mini cliffs in the rockery. It need resetting each year for the first few as the rocks sink and move a bit. It's in reasonably good sun. A very thick layer of git has gone over the soil after planting to deter birds and squirrels digging.

We've had ours for 40 years, and this is just a revitalising of it.

I've tried for sequential flowering plants so the rockery is never too dull, but avoided stuff that it too much of a haven for slugs and snails, so lots of bulbs. Hacked back rock roses and shrublets quite substantially.

Loads of reticulata (bulbous) Irises - they remind me of walking in the Greek island in springtime where they are literally everywhere underfoot
Fritillaria michalowskyi and persica
Lilium pumilum / tenuifolium
Various species tulip varieties (clusiana 'Tubergens Gem', clusiana 'Peppermint Stick', bakeri, acuminata, etc.)
Dwarf daffodils (Narcissus bulbocodium conspicuus)
Hyacinths (the hoticultural big ones, the little blue ones would be a bit invasive)
Smaller Eremurus (I have E. bungei)
A load of the "de Caen" anemone (A. coronaria) in various varieties - I don't like the double ones though
An Eryngium of some sort - I don't know what but it has lovely branching spikes of vivid blue flwoers in summer which the bees love
Crocus tommasonianus (invasive in our garden!)
Other things (I have some Echium wildpretii which will be lovely in summer if it survives, and some Pulsatilla)
Montbretia which needs thinning out each year

I've thought about adding orchids (Anacamptis or Dactylorhiza) but I think the soil may be too rich for them.

In summer I'll add some Gentiana acaulis and Portulaca plants for some colour. There's also a nice mature miniature Acer there and a lovely Halmium which is rather too vigorous, and some Cyclamen hederifolium growing under both of them. There's also a Yucca filamentosa, which stays small and put up good flowers in the sumer. All in all avoiding ground cover though, for the slugs.snails reason.

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Thanks for your reply - A lot to think about.

Here we have a lot of sandstone blocks available and I'm thinking about building similar structures using them in order to see what will thrive.

Mesh and cement within a local stone kind of arrangement. If it works then I will drop some photo's here.

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The updates this weekend. The anemone are taking over now, and tulips not far behind.


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