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Occasional drama is what you want in an herbaceous border, to wake up the sleepy hordes of daisies and well-bred bellflowers
-Anna Pavord

Burial patch

This time last year I wrote about losing the bit of garden I’d cultivated for many years. I’d decided then to keep my gardening blog going but with broader horizons, and accordingly renewed the patiopatch site. The time has now come wherein it feels too much like hanging on in there instead of just burying the past.

I’ve been clearing the computer disc of the many, not-so-good floral images I’ve collected over this time and before trashing some of them, created a pixel-exploding collage. With this final flourish I thank everyone who has stopped by with encouraging comments, tips and knowledge, and inspiration from your own gardens. There is no doubt I will miss our mutual exchanges but the blogosphere is not a vacuum and inevitably our paths will cross as we all press on with ventures old and new.

patiopatch garden goodbye

Where to Find Me:
My wordpress photography blog – ELJAYGEE
Not much of a tweeter but I do sometimes twit @LauraBloomsbury

“My Garden”: unearthing a piece of history

my garden - front cover vol 1I’ve never bothered much with gardening books as the aspirations of design and planting are too often targeted beyond my capabilities, budget or modus operandii. I do however possess basic instruction manuals on the hows, whens, and whys of horticulture and in less judicious moments have been taken in by eye-candy books of country gardens, meadow planting, and that most seductive of styles – container gardens. When it comes to emulation though, something seems to be lost in translation.

A recent visit to a charity shop had me browsing through the usual collection of  cast off books with those hyperbolic titles like: ‘A Perfect Border this side of Eden’, ‘Sumptuous gardens on a shoe string ‘, ‘Brilliant ideas for shade gardening’.1 None of them were of interest but then this small, yellowing A5  journal caught my eye:-

‘My Garden’ – ( ah! if only I had one!)

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Wych Elm: threads of gold

'Clotho' camperdown elm & wych elm neighbour

‘Clotho’ and her opposite wych elm neighbour

Two months have passed since I featured the Camperdown elms of Old St Pancras churchyard. In the last post, I’d belatedly tuned in to the fact that a Wych elm was in fact growing  just opposite the Umbrella elms, ‘Clotho’ and ‘Lachesis’, that I’d been studying. Recently I took an even closer look at it and believe that this was once  a Camperdown elm.

To understand this phenomenon a quick recap is necessary. Camperdown elms are small, twisted limb, umbrella-shaped, cultivars originating from a mutant elm branch, grafted onto either Wych or English elm rootstock. First cultivated by the Earl of Camperdown’s head forester in the mid 1800s,  the original mutant cutting has been the stock for every cultivar since. Read More…»