The Stopwatch Gardener

A gardening blog from Sheila M. Averbuch

Wait for it…

October13

Click for larger imageThis blog might start to give the impression that I believe everything in the garden needs to be rushed. Definitely not! Seems like a good time to point out my top three long-term garden projects that have been worth waiting for:

  • hedging: We baby-proofed our raised lawn in 2005 with hateful plastic fencing. In February ’08, after four clematis planted there had failed to disguise the thing, I decided to go long-term and planted a hedge of 18 short Portland roses (Rose de Rescht…thank you to the brilliant Richard at David Austin roses for the recommendation and plants). They haven’t taken long to approach their final height of 3.5′ — the seep hose at their roots and spring manure keeps them happy. Incredibly healthy and Barbie-pink, these old garden roses have a fragrance like heaven and huge flushes of flowers in June and September.
  • wisteria: After training the branches sideways and dosing it with sulfate of potash for four years, my wisteria finally rewards with a magnificent show over the back of the house in May. But I should have bought one in flower from a nursery to be sure of what I was getting. My specimen from J Parkers turned out to be wisteria floribunda: its huge racemes of flowers would have looked better on a pergola…the wisteria sinensis I’d ordered has the shorter flower bunches that would suit our wall much better. Sigh.
  • Clematis Rouge Cardinal: it took three years for this and another unnamed purple viticella type clematis to really strut their stuff. Both of them have their roots deep in very fertile, shaded soil and get a minimum of sun at their heads. If I were moving garden I think I’d look right away for shady corners with some dappled sun up high and plant clematis asap. Mine took so long to get going, but they flower so hard for 4 to 6 weeks during summer and give a better sense of profusion than almost any other plant in this garden.
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    5 Comments to

    “Wait for it…”

    1. On October 14th, 2009 at 11:47 am Autumn Belle Says:

      You are a very organised person. I like the design of this blog layout. It is very neat! Welcome to Blotanical!

    2. On October 14th, 2009 at 5:29 pm Deborah at Kilbourne Grove Says:

      Waiting for long term projects to pay off in the garden is one of the hardest things for me to do. I planted quite a few cedar hedges two years ago and a yew hedge this year, now I’m just waiting until they grow!

    3. On October 15th, 2009 at 9:40 am The StopWatch Gardener Says:

      Cedar and yew hedges! I’m envious Deborah — you must have a sizable plot.

    4. On October 15th, 2009 at 9:41 am The StopWatch Gardener Says:

      Thanks Autumn Belle…my husband found this blog background/theme for me as one of the free options available for WordPress. it’s called ‘Notepad chaos’

    5. On November 4th, 2009 at 9:21 pm The Stopwatch Gardener » Blog Archive » Winter clematis comes forth — thanks, nematodes Says:

      […] we reorganised the house, our kitchen table looks right onto the sorry clematis I mentioned in this earlier blog post about my rose hedge. The winter flowering Clematis Cirrhosa “Jingle Bells” has […]

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