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tulip

Maytime

I've been looking at gorgeous photos of tulips on people's blogs. Sigh. Yet again I have a garden which tulips will not like. They like a light, free draining soil and I'm fated to live on clay. I can't tell you the money I've spent on tulips over the years only for them to disappear. Ordinary red ones seem to survive anything and these have just popped up in a bed here.



Not very exciting but then, who needs flowers when you can have foliage like this?



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Alchemilla is stunning: I love the way that water drops sit on the leaves, and they are such a beautiful shape. It grows like a weed but it is so useful for difficult spots in the garden. It gets my vote.

Also the Heuchera with its copper leaves; my Mother can never resists a Heuchera plant! They don't grow so well here, but I do have a couple.

I miss my acid soil and the Azaleas I used to grow, and the Camelias. On the upside I can grow Rosemary here and Lavender, but this limey soil is still alien to me!
There's too much alchemilla but I wouldn't be without some. Later on, it's so useful to put a few sprays in a vase with roses.

I see heucheras and think, 'vine weevils!' but they obviously like it here, there's lots.

My neighbours have camellias and magnolias: why haven't I? I'll do a soil test some time.

(Anonymous)

Tulips

Grow your tulips in pots, then. I always plant up tulips in pots in the autumn, and then dot them around the garden when they come up. You can then put them where they look best.
Margaret P