Our Grumpy Gardener on the Wild Blooms
|The Grumpy Gardener – July|
|Hints & Tips With Mike Alexander
In his regular column for French News Online professional gardener Mike Alexander waxes lyrical as he contemplates wild blooms in his July garden.
Parsley and Wild Flowers Offer a Riotous Display
With all the rain we have been having I seem to have spent a lot of time recently wading through calf high grass behind an overworked mower and ducking for cover every time it showers.
One of my clients has a particularly large lawn and one portion of it is steeply sloped so cutting the grass there is a real sweat and rather risky. Some years ago after a minor injury I was unable to get on with the task when spring arrived, so I left that part to it’s own devices. The result was quite startling. In no time at all the unmown lawn was covered in cow parsley and wild flowers and looked wonderful.
Slug it Out
Hostas are hardy herbacious perenials that are shade tolerant and need a deep rich soil with plenty of moisture. Most were introduced from Japan in the mid nineteenth century but large scale breeding, particularly in America, has produced thousands of varieties nearly all of which are grown predominantly for their foliage. Those with gold leaves are more tolerant of sun but I find that almost all cultivars will accept dappled shade well. In the spring they can be easily lifted and divided with a pair of garden forks while those left in the ground will take four to eight years to mature to their full glory. To protect them over winter I simply bury them beneath a few inches of leaf mould. Just remember to guard them from those snails!!
Our Grumpy Gardener has been gardening professionally in France for more years than he cares to remember and before that in Africa and the UK. Today he happily shares his expertise with French News Online readers. Your gardening questions are welcome and while they may not be individually answered, they may form the basis of future monthly columns.
Article: Mike Alexander