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Acacia dealbata

March 21, 2013

Acacia (1) I followed a gorgeous scent in a garden centre this week and was led to Acacia dealbata just coming into flower. It was in a sheltered area with overhead cover but open to the elements and further research tells me it will survive several hits of frost up to -10C .  However they dislike cold and wet ground and prolonged icy weather will severely damage the leaves and flowers especially any newly emerging branches. That said I would risk it near the protection of the house where it can grow up to 6 metres and provide softly scented mimosa flowers wafting their perfume through windows from March through to April. The feathery branches carry silver leaves that look lovely cut as in-fill for pots of flowers . If I do decide to plant one I’ll look for Acacia dealbata var.subalpina which is used to high altitude. Struck down by severe frost it should recover if cut back to 1 metre to provoke multi-stems at the base and thereafter it could be kept as a shrub.

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Pulmonaria saccharata is in bloom providing ground cover under the Amelanchii lamarckii which is just showing curled up bronze-pink leaves ready to open over the next four weeks.

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And a pretty primrose arrived from nowhere last year and has self-seeded round the garden and has been in flower for weeks. I shall lift them and re-plant in the ‘woodland’ bit as soon as the flowers are over.

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I picked quantities of hellebores for the house and followed a Sarah Raven tip. She suggests you cut and place immediately into a container of water. You then sear the cut end over a flame for 60 seconds. The stem retains the water and is kept upright as seen here five days after picking.

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  1. March 21, 2013 9:08 pm

    Always wanted to pick hellebores but heard they didn’t last. Finding out that tip makes me want to fill the garden with even more of them to give me more to pick from. 😉 I think I might have walked past one of those Acacias recently but I didn’t know what it was. It did smell amazing. Don’t think I’d risk it in my garden though. I am after a small tree for my garden though. Any suggestions?

    • March 22, 2013 8:29 am

      The hellebores are still upright this morning on day six. Yes the Acacia would be dodgy in your neck of the woods whereas further south would be less of a risk. The post before (when you were in Cornwall) was on a tree for small gardens a Prunus ceracifera. You will see from the image just how small the front garden is yet the tree fits well. However a crab apple would have the added advantage of fruit and these are a perfect size if space is limited.

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