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Where would you start with this?

Posted: Today at 09:36

 think we'd all be interested to see how it turns out for you, R25. Any chance of some more photos later in the year? 

Where would you start with this?

Posted: Yesterday at 23:51

I understanding it might look daunting at first R25 but I would agree with Ladybird4 about the fantastic potential you have with that space there. I think the first thing is to feel OK that nature has taken over - it is clearly happy there - and trust that the land wont suffer from a bit more 'neglect' while you take time to investigate what is needed.

You know, that grass in picture 2 looks really healthy to me. I would probably just cut it using a power mower on the highest setting (to avoid breaking blades on hdden stones, half bricks etc) you can then have a better look at what else might be growing there.

In picture 1 I suspect you might find one or two old pathways in the process. If so, clearing those (or later making a new one linking the house to that little gate at the back) would start to give some definition to the garden's landscaping. 

Lowering the height of the grass gradually would enable you to see whether there are any good plants struggling to come through. When we moved in to our house the flower beds, although predefined by the over grown lawn, were a mass of knee high grass and waist high other foliage of indeterminate identity. During the ensuing gradual weeding investigation my wife found a rose bush and a Bramley Apple tree - half fallen over. She propped it up and it is now a beautifully mature tree - reliable fruiter - albeit set at a rather picturesque, slightly oriental looking angle.

In brief, you might find you start to relish the discoveries you may make in the process of tackling this lovely garden. Just do a section at a time starting with cutting the grass gradually lower and lower and I think the garden will start telling you what to do at each stage.

Possible weeds ... And lilies!

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 20:03

Thanks Nutcutlet for suggestion about individual photos. I expect I will be back again in the not too distant future - this time with photos the right way up. I seem to remember they just need to be cropped to reduce their 'byte-size'.

Possible weeds ... And lilies!

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 19:51

Thank you everyone for your input.  Re pink flowers in pic 5: I thought I knew that one. Isn't it pulmonaria, also called lungwort? I'm getting a lot of it and know I should be pleased with the weeds as I understand it means the ground is fertile - it certainly suits the ubiquitous forget-me-nots that have proliferated this year.

I think I shall remove the spiky plants - maybe some of the others too. I don't remember planting them, so thanks again for advice everyone.

Thankyou plant pauper for liking my garden. Last year I gave it a complete makeover, built a wiggly path through the middle and started afresh with completely cleared ground. It now looks as though everything has been there for ever.

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Possible weeds ... And lilies!

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 11:28

Sorry - everything has gone upside down. Please read left as right etc or alternatively stand on your head 

Possible weeds ... And lilies!

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 11:25

Wow, the forum has changed a bit since I was here last!

Since making last year's new 'wiggles path' border I am tidying up this year's sudden prolific growth of everything to fill bare patches with bedding plants or what ever takes my fancy.

I have come across some plants I don't immediately recognise but don't trust my memory or knowledge to decide whether to leave or pull up. 

Here are a few pictures:

Photo 1 ... The plant among the lupine...

Photo 2 ... The one to the right of the chrysanthemum...

Photo3 ... The broad leafed plant at the back...

Photo 4 ... The thick yellow/green leafed plant on the left...

Photo 5 ... The broad leafed plant dominating the left of the picture...

Photo 6 ... The spiky leafed plant in the centre. Its leaves are a bit like the way a lily grows and just out of the picture I do have a lot lilies - could this be connected? Or is it an intruder in disguise? It also looks a bit like Mares Tail which I defini do not want.

And while on the subject of lilies is the growth shown in photo 7 normal?

Photo 7

They were planted as bulbs early last year and did really well but were generally compact - 12 to 18 inches high. This year they are all 24 to 36 inches high? Any ideas? The surrounding foliage is also a bit higher so is everything just trying to compete for light or is it normal for lilies to grow that high?

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 22:48

I've hardly been out for weeks but I think I broke the pattern at last.

  I at last managed to get out since hurting my back a couple of weeks ago and decided to start gently by raking up all the leaves from under our cherry tree. They'll make leaf mould for next year.   Then decided to do some weeding and had a shock. I had been moving rocks and stones from one end of a raised bed to the other as I worked on clearing the weeds under them - when suddenly... THE ROCK IN MY HAND MOVED!!!

 It was a great, fat, white toad. Very disrespectful appearing without warning like that - and covered in dirt too! Clearly no sense of presentation! 

After my initial seismic shock I instinctively decided that for his own safety he needed to be back under a rock - preferably one that wouldn't get moved again accidentally.   I rolled him gently into the first gap I could see - the one you see here: by pure chance, in tossing the rocks to one side while weeding, I had built a perfect cave; quite stable too. You can just see him (or her?) peeking out to the right of the green stick...


Just before turning in I checked three gutters where they run into the downpipes just to make sure the heavy rain hadn't blocked them with moss again. It had! But unlike the previous time when I had to cut into a blocked downpipe to clear it, due the little chickenwire filters I had made for the top of each downpipe, the job of clearing was a doddle. 

Yep, I guess I did get some gardening done today.

Conference pears

Posted: 06/10/2015 at 12:18

Sounds great Marion! Do you poach them whole, or skinned, cored and quartered?

I wonder if I have time to grow a Japanese Quince by Christmas?

Conference pears

Posted: 06/10/2015 at 11:17

Meant to say, Pansyface, that your living much further north (Peak District) than I do (Norfolk) I would imagine your environment would be a degree or two colder than ours, so your pears probably will take longer to ripen. 

I must say that Happymarion's criteria for picking is more or less my strategy. I suspect, however, that I won't be able to keep up with using them all before they ripen too far and rot. Ho hum! Very fortunate to have them in the first place. Might have to share a few around the neighbours.

Conference pears

Posted: 06/10/2015 at 11:03

Yes, thank you pansyface, much better (so far!) I have take about 60 pears off my little tree to date ...

with a few more left to come. 

Here's a couple more photos showing more clearly that 'joint' I referred to in yesterday's post. The clearly formed 'joint' is right in the centre of the photo...

 ...and the clean break can be seen on the end of the pear's stalk, and where it came from is the small lighter coloured patch next to the leaf and other pear stalk...

 This pear does not seem ready to separate yet, but there are a couple of indentations  just visible that may be where it will eventually separate naturally - if I don't get to it first!



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