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What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 00:30

I'm sure you deserved the rest - and the doze Wintersong, all the work you must do with such a beautiful garden and an allotment!

I had a slow start - intending to prune my rather neglected plum tree. Then I remembered I needed to go shopping. By the time I got back I was starving... So after a late lunch, and some fiddling around trying to get a nice photo (!) of the peonies that have started to bloom I eventually started on the tree.

I have been planning this particular pruning job since well before Christmas. (Keep reading coz there's a gardening tip coming up)

I kept getting caught out over the timing for pruning plum trees because I used to think all pruning is done in Winter when you can more easily see the branches. But of course, Silverleaf can attack plums in Winter (I think?) so you have to make those vital pruning decisions  when everything is covered with foliage In the summer.

So I had an idea.

Tip: I thought: what if I marked all the most obvious pruning cuts with white paint while the tree is bare? Then when I prune in June a lot of my decisions will be waiting for me - marked on the bark.

So I did that, and today it seems to have paid off. I found that as I 'got my eye in' the white paint showed up and ... chop chop, snip snip, saw saw and daylight appeared so much quicker than in past years.

Although it is only a medium sized tree it is taking time because I still have to take care, but there are two big piles of twigs and branches already, and I am only about a third way through.

This is long awaited remedial pruning and I expect I am breaking some 'the rules' with the amount I'm taking off, but two years ago the fruit, although small, was so heavy in its hundreds, that branches broke because they were long and thin through missed pruning.

I hope to finish tomorrow (Oh! Today!) and I will then post photos   (I've got to keep trying!) of before and after.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 18:07

Sorry Bev - best not look; it's a bit like watching a slow car crash - fascinating while it's happening but the after effects are not good.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 17:55

That's right - they're Peonies, I thought they were.

There's a couple more blooms out today and I was trying to catch them in optimum light photographed through the Victoria plum branches, which unfortunately shade them for most of the day.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 17:46

No hugs yet please, I've just had lunch!

 Image was inverted using library editing tool and copied over via the Tree icon - still inverted. If my strategy is correct it should reinvert itself when I tap Submit.

erm... Nope!

To reinvert back in Library and copy across again...

 That looks right - at the moment  ...

(perhaps I should just) Submit ...


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 15:21

Weather here sunny with a bit of wind chill and occasional clouding over.

Great for drying the washing!

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 14:50

Interesting - both have completely inverted on their own as well as retaining the automatic cropping on (what was) the RHS (= right hand side, not Royal Horticultural Show!)

no more for now... 

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 14:32

Sorry folks, it seemed at first to be working with copy and paste but it didn't after all.

Just copied and pasted - thought it had worked first time -and on my screen it had posted successfully then reverted to unopenable icons once I started a fresh post.

Above pic has been cropped on rh side but not by me... (this is before submit)

 Ditto. This photo taken with shadow pointing down the page. Looks OK at moment except for automatic cropping on RHS again. I wonder if it is because I took it (on the iPad) in landscape.

About to submit...


Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 14:24





What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 14:22

Just copied and pasted - thought it had worked first time - but on my screen it posted successfully then reverted to unopenable icons. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 14:21





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