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04/05/2013 at 13:09

What did we all do in our gardens today....?

I arranged some pots on my patio - box balls, Purissima tulips, Birma daffs & Barret Browning daffs (click on photos to enlarge)...

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and placed two barrel planters with Albert Heiin tulips by the front door...

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 I bought 8 of the box ball plants from Tesco yesterday seeing as they have them on offer - 2 x plants for £20.

 

04/05/2013 at 13:24

Love the patio arrangement LF. The box balls show off the bulbs beautifully.

I can't compete with that.

I cleared a space for my neighbour to deliver some horse droppings. When I'd done that I rested my arm on an 8 foot willow stump and it moved. I pushed a bit harder so it fell just where I wanted it. It now marks the edge of the new heap - magic

I hope it's not all over but it started p...ing down after that so I came in and made a cake. If it clears up I want to get the rocks and rubbish cleared enough to move an eleagnus. After that I can shift some compost and gravel to the eleagnus site to plant some snowdrops (waiting patiently in pots) and this year's new hellebore. Can't see me doing all that in what's left of the working day. 

04/05/2013 at 13:25

..your garden looks quite professional if I might say so.. although I'm not terribly keen on box balls... I like to see them in other gardens... box has such lovely foliage at this time of year...

I wonder what you will plant in the tulip barrels after they've finished...?

Today, I have finished planting some alpines and front border plants that I bought recently... just before the rain came.... yesterday I planted up all my greenhouse tomatoes and put out my bedding plants, Pelargoniums and suchlike, all done in time for warmer weather, especially milder nights we have now... too bad if the weather turns cold again but frosts aren't usually much to worry about where we are from now on....

04/05/2013 at 13:34

It looks lovely. My daffodils are well over and my tulips are on the way out (Dordogne). Today and for the unforeseeable future it will be weeding! Here's one I did earlier!

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04/05/2013 at 14:02

I've been potting up tomatoes, cucumbers, courgettes and moving some plants outside to start hardening them off. Also sown some spring onons and watered everything and then it rained! 

04/05/2013 at 14:17

I potted on some little geranium plugs  last  months magazine. Then it's just weeding, while my washing blows dry on the line.

04/05/2013 at 14:36

Your patio arrangement looks stunning. 

I have done some weeding, planted out some seedlings and have just rescued some bulbs after my cat dug them up. 

04/05/2013 at 15:23

My stipa gigantea is full of floweriing stems.  Gigantea has a physical weakness at the first knuckle on the floweriing stems so each year I support with thin canes then they will flower upright til the autumn.  The golden oat grass is lovely plant. If you don't grow this then do.

Planted some perennials and hardening off my tender plants

04/05/2013 at 15:47

In for a plate of soup just singled out 69 Verbena Bonariensis single potted up rest of my hostas planted out 12 petunias in the front border.Going back out to single out my asters 2 tray of them still got Laurentia about 30 Agastache 30 Mesembryanthemum 60 that's all my seeds i sowed then been singled out.

04/05/2013 at 16:08
Verdun wrote (see)

My stipa gigantea is full of floweriing stems.  Gigantea has a physical weakness at the first knuckle on the floweriing stems so each year I support with thin canes then they will flower upright til the autumn.  The golden oat grass is lovely plant. If you don't grow this then do.

Planted some perennials and hardening off my tender plants

Just googled golden oat grass and it does look nice. I wonder if it would be suitable behind a pond Im planning to dig?

 I deceided to move some of the box ball plants I bought from Tescos to the front of the house. I have a small quadrant planting area by my block paved drive which was looking bare...

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04/05/2013 at 16:09

Ok as long as it's well away from the water LF. It's a real dry lover.

04/05/2013 at 17:35

I've treated myself to some alpines, and four beautiful Acers ( have lusted after some for years) that I bought online for a very good price, so I planted them all today, along with seven various perennials that just 'fell' into my trolley in the GC ! Also planted lots of gladioli bulbs and a few herbs to fill up my small herb garden. It  was my birthday earlier this week so thats my excuse for spending too much on plants 

04/05/2013 at 18:14

I uncovered my beetroot seedlings in the garden - the BBC weather forecast seems to say we're warming up.  I also spread some fertiliser on the lawn as advised by Beechgrove Garden.  Then it got cold and very windy.  Again.

04/05/2013 at 18:20

LeadFarmer

Yes gigantea will look sensational by a pool.  I would add some grit whatever your soil though and I do not feed.  I have some 30 or more flower stems.

I think it will look good too if straddled by those box balls.

04/05/2013 at 18:29

I'll add gigantea to my shopping list, thanks.

04/05/2013 at 18:47

Sorted through and planted out lot of freebies, did some weeding/digging and generally admired the garden in the sunshine.

Lovely pictures both, the tulips by the front door look really smart

04/05/2013 at 18:52

All looking good I planted 2 new honeysuckles and repotted all my fuchsias.

And hubby has made me 2 raised beds to fix to my new Arch.

I shall plant them up with Alpine plants.

 

 

 

04/05/2013 at 18:53

Have tried to keep out of the garden today so as not to tinker anymore until the plants have had a chance to settle down since the last time I tinkered.

So I restricted my urges to a little gentle weeding, thinning, planting out and potting up a new Hosta 'Big Mama'.

I am now trying to work out wether my 'sunny border' at the foot of a south facing wall is in fact sunnier (as it gets afternoon shade from the house) than my woodland shade garden that is now getting a serious scorching from the afternoon sun.

04/05/2013 at 19:02
Verdun wrote (see)

My stipa gigantea is full of floweriing stems.  Gigantea has a physical weakness at the first knuckle on the floweriing stems so each year I support with thin canes then they will flower upright til the autumn.  


...I have noticed that Verdun but I wonder if it depends as much on the soil we're growing it in... for example, mine is in very poor dry rubbly soil, full of stones and hard pan.... I don't have to support the stems at all...  They only droop after heavy rain but perk up again when dry...  the odd one will blow over in a real summer gale...

04/05/2013 at 19:32

Salino

I often experiment with my plants.  I tried growing gigantea in very poor soil but it just has that weakness at the first "knuckle".  Support that bottom 2' amd its fine.  To be fair, I am a bit fussy.......I try to grow too perfectly I think.

 

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