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Need to get out and prune a monster. Put up bean wigwams and there's always some more weeding. Only found 2 lily beetles yesterday. Have fetched the re-sown runners into the house to see if they'll hurry up. Climbing French & Barlotti are ready to go out. I've not done my carrots yet and I'm wondering whether to bother this year with all the probs reported.
I'm amazed at how much some of you get done each day, think I must spend too much time thinking about the garden and not doing.
Enjoy your day.
Kef, that's only some of them that get a lot done. I spend a lot of time looking.
Happy hols Ali
Rain forecast here this pm so postponing my visit to the GC til later and will try and get something done outside this morning.
Nut - my peonies are not even close to flowering, although the camellia is getting dangerously close! We seem to be about a fortnight behind the rest of the world (including the bit up the hill about a mile away). But I can see nice fat buds on my irises - ooh the anticipation!
Chicky I looked to see where you are. Would have expected you to be ahead of us, maybe some paeonies are later. You're ahead of me on the irises
Morning all. Pouring. Half the irises out. Bye for now, off to church.
Nut - yes we are in the sunny south east - but at the bottom of a steep valley - it's finally dawned on me (after 7 years) that we are probably in a "frost pocket" - at the very least we have our own micro-climate. Now I feel special!!
Busy Lizzie - photos of your irises would be lovely!
Is spring over yet? Do we need a new sweethearts thread
Your own micro climate chicky, that is special.
Thanks Chicky and congrats on being special
Ali have a wonderful hol.
The weather seems lovely here. Blue sky and no wind. Now lets see if it lasts.
My list of too do seems to be getting very long, but I do love just sitting out enjoying my garden-keeping my eyes open for that dangerous red sight- lily beetles.
Chicky I was wondering when we needed Summer stunners thread to start.
You know what I'd love- a big map of UK ( sorry Busy-Lizzie, prehaps another of Europe) Where we could put a little mark to show where we live. My geography isn't too good so that would help me to know where everyone actually is. Including your micro climate Chicky.
Tina this is second day in a row I'm before you- Only because my alarm goes off for me to watch QVC gardening show.
Hope Matty has a wonderful day at Malvern show, what luck with the tickets.
Have a great Sunday all
Bev that's a good idea with the map. It'll help people get a gist of the different conditions we all have too as it makes a huge difference with what we can plant etc.
I'm back in as rain here now so pleased I got a couple more posts in.
Will have to think of something indoors to do...or maybe just go to GC/nursery
Bev, I don't mind you beating me to post. I'm not usually asleep, just like listening to the radio. It never seems the same if I listen when I'm up.
Dove, know what you mean about the dandelions. Am inundated with them. Like you, did think of getting them out, but there's just too many. Grass will have to be treated.
Not looking too good out there and have no plans to do anything as Granddaughter wll be here in a while. Doesn't want to watch her brother play football - again. We will have some 'girly' time.
Just noticed the 'Dandelion' thread Dove. Got some of that treatment in shed. Was given to me by next door neighbour when they moved. Am going to try it out.
Anybody got any good ideas on plants that you can take cutting off at this time of the year my garden is over an acre so I want to try and grow as many plants from cuttings as possible.
Although it doesn't look like out it's raining cats and dogs! And I've loads to do!
Wow Paul - what a view!
on shrubs for cutting - there are lots. Hydrangeas take well, so do viburnums. I would recommend Carol Klein's book Grow your own garden - it is my current guide to everything on propagation.
Is that a river or a lake there Paul? Looks fantastic.
Sorry, I'm not the person to answer a cuttings query. I'm still asking the questions.
having coffee break now, would love it on your terrace, but not if it's raining. I have sunshine.
and you could split some of the later flowering perennials, they wouldn't mind that at all.
You only had to ask
it's centered on Ireland at the moment naturally just zoom out to get your bearings and then find yourself when you are in the right place drag a blue marker to the map then click it to give a name and description. It's an unlisted map which means you need the url to access it but it should be open to editing by anyone. i've added my nearest GC to it as well.
Hi Paul- you have a lot of planting to do! Two things I would ask is what do you have growing already, and have you got deer or rabbits coming in?
I've moved from a rural property and the bunnies ate everything - including all the plants that are apparently rabbit proof so I'd hate to see you spend all that time only to see it eaten! We had to stick with what was there already or make sure it was in raised beds or big containers.
that went a bit wrong will try and re do the link
Try that and see how you get on