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Clerodendrum trichotomum

August 13, 2014


DSCN3070The Clerodendrum trichotomum has been stunning this year and on warm days the garden is flooded with an intense perfume from the flowers. I pruned it hard last autumn to restore the shape and it seems to have loved the cut back. Next to it is a huge shrub rose Rosa rubrifolia with the grey-green leaves set off by the huge pale orange rose hips and the two together look lovely.


In a neighbour’s garden Japanese wineberries are extremely decorative with their arching stems covered in soft bright red bristles. The fruit is sweet but rather bland but they look very lovely against an old stone wall.


Seeds of White Nigella ‘Love in a Mist ‘ sown four weeks ago has come through in the cutting bed and when the flowers have dried out the seeds will be re-sown. As a hardy annual these will survive the winter and be ready to bloom early summer next year.



My experiment with the compost activator has worked.   This was the full bin six weeks ago before pouring on the mixture …


And here it is last weekend albeit with a few egg shells and twigs still visible but worthy of using….



I guess the hot weather helped spur it on and the fact that I resisted adding new kitchen waste for the last six weeks allowed it to fully break down. I repeated the trial on a large conical bin on the allotment which was full to the brim and it has halved in quantity so the same excellent results.



My four dahlia plants are smothered in buds and will be ready to pick over the next week or two.




I rounded up the last of the purple sweet peas, cerise cosmos and a few mustard flowers from the dill plant.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 19, 2014 11:39 am

    Wow! The compost activator results are good. Might have to try that myself. It’s interesting you find Japanese wineberries bland. I tried some a few years ago and thought the same. I know they look pretty but I did wonder what all the fuss was about when there are much tastier fruits out there. looking forward to seeing your dahlias. 🙂

    • August 19, 2014 1:18 pm

      Yes you need more than one bin on the go to fill up in the six weeks it takes to decompose. I have three on the allotment and one here so it’s manageable.

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