Ursula's Cambridge Garden

Professional gardener and plantswoman writing from my small urban garden in a great city


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Spring – we have lift off!

A lovely haze of grape hyancinth blue and tulips in my client’s garden today tells us that at last winter is behind us, and it’s full steam ahead to early summer at last.

Meanwhile in another client’s garden last week – everything is weeded and ready for the sunshine to arrive…

And in my parents’ garden the fabulous Ribes ‘White icicle’ is in flower – flowering ornamental currents are such tough and beautiful plants.

And their wonderful flowering cherry is looking spectacular too.

More Spring updates to follow – watch this space.  Happy gardening!


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It’s beginning to look alot like Spring…

It’s time once again for the perfect acid greens of Spring time – so fresh and so exciting to see return to the garden after a very long and very cold winter.

My tree fern was unwrapped today at last – I think it needs some air now…

There is hardly anything as exciting as unfurling Fern croziers!

That’s the view from my garden today, reports from my client’s gardens to follow – there has been a lot of new planting going on this very busy 2018 so far, and more before/after images to follow next month…watch this space!


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Recent winter projects

This winter has been cold, plenty of rain, and plenty of gloriously crisp and sunny days, like this one above in my own garden.  Many winter highlights which give colour and evergreen backbone to the garden at this timeof year – lovely silvery Astelia….

Yukka…

Euphorbias…

And Mahonias (here in my parents’ garden)

and the wonderful red berries of Nandina (also in my parents’ garden)

Winter is of course a great time to get things really sorted – this new year period has been very busy.

I’ve been cutting back perennial detritis and spent seed heads left on for winter interest in my parents’ garden – leaves nice tidy, ‘clean’ beds ready for all the bulbs peeking through.

And tackling a new planting project of another client – first the clearing of the area ….

And now the setting out of all the new planting this week – including Cornus, Mahonia and plenty of hellebores and hydrangeas for a nice dappled shade area.  Watch this space!

Clematis chirrosa is a great star of this time of year – evergreen, tough as anything, and with the most lovely slowers in the depths of winter – an absolute winner.

Happy gardening!

 


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Evergreens so welcome in January…

January is often a bleak month – but this is when the power of evergreen plants is so heartwarming – in my own garden my bamboo, Yukka, Euphorbia characias, Coronilla, Clematis armandii, box spheres and my Phormium are all giving plenty of evergreen to power through the cold and grey of the New Year weather.  This is the view from my sitting room window taken through the glass on a bright day last week.

And here are great evergreen box sentinals at a client’s garden…

And of course the evergreen of houseplants always lifts the spirits in winter.