Wish List

Back Patch 

  • buy a climbing rose – fragrant yellow blooming – for one side of the wooden pergola (other side covered by fruiting black berry).
  • more manure for all roses, currant bushes etc.
  • plant an edible plum tree and also a crab apple in the back patch.  Crab apples are good pollinators.  Attractive blossom is followed by small, sharp-tasting fruit suitable for making jelly.  Grow in reasonably fertile well-drained soil in full sun or  light shade.
  • plant a small patch of tall bamboo in the back (to provide a constant source of bamboo poles for the allotment)
  • get 1 or 2 white / pale pink flowering mallow bushes for the sunny back far corner (we planted a white and purple centred flowering tree mallow early August 2019)
  • build a cold frame


Perennial Flower Bed

  • Sanguisorba.  Purchase some sanguisorbas (commonly known as burnets) for the perennial flower bed in the back patch.  Their diversity of foliage, height, flower selection and vigour, coupled with their strength and winter structure, has propelled sanguisorba up the ranks of desirability.  Sanguisorba means to soak up look, and was thought to control internal bleeding.  The Elizabethans favoured its use as a kitchen herb relishing the cucumber scent and flavour of its new foliage. The plant originates from North America and belongs to the rose family.  These plants are extremely hardy, and grow best in sun in any fertile reasonably moist soil where their deep strong roots will enable them to withstand periods of summer dryness.  Some thinner-stemmed selections will benefit from twiggy support. Divide large plants in spring; spreading kinds grow easily from division or root selections. Sanguisorbas are relatively trouble-free but can suffer from powdery mildew.
    • Sanguisorba ‘Ivory Towers’ is white flowering.  
    • Sanguisorba menziesli is upright flowering in pale pink.