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Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 11:01

Beautiful Clematis, John! And a lovely healthy looking Hosta in pic 2. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 23:08


Tried to post photos but all wrong orientation again.

Try again tomorrow 

just realised - am on the wrong thread! 


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 22:57

Finished pruning my neglected Victoria plum.

Have a mountain of branches to dump  but at least I can at last see sunlight  fresh air (although fewer plums)!through the whole tree at last.

Should crop better from now on, as long as it is grateful for what I have done for it!


Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 14:42

Another great idea, little-ann (as we're both the others). Re alternative uses for bottles, did you see John Harding's idea using a water cooler bottle as a cloche. I'm all for recycling when there is a really practical alternative use for stuff we throw away.

As to your 'challenge'  I suppose there is a visual parallel to the nursery rhyme about living in a shoe! 

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 12:46


I think the bottle sprinkler is a brilliant bit of improvisation. On first reading of your post I thought I was looking at a device called a little-ann. If I ever need one that's what I'll call it.

And as for the display of grass I almost don't dare (but again I can't resist ) I just feel the two photos together smack (!)  of some sort of visual Cockney rhyming slang... Naughty!

What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 16:11

Shaded greenhouse - sun fierce 28°C outside GH. Continued pruning Victoria Plum, stopping for lunch.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 12:20

Thanks for the feedback Zoomer. Just looked again at gooseberries and although bigger than I thought they still look a bit small to pick, (the biggest being 13.5mm across diameter by 21.4mm length! (Very precise, I know, but I happened to have an electronic gooseberry measuring device handy!) 

I didn't feed them when I should so it's only my own fault!

Weather's fantastic here in Norfolk today. Had to shade the greenhouse (nearly 250   potted up plug plants to protect.  

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 11:15


There're still only 5 peony blooms of the ten out properly but the morning light was too good to miss for these shots. Unfortunately, the iPad can't seem to cope with the glare of strong sunlight but the colour is still impressive:


 Saved this shot til last...


  All is well so far... Submit

(don't even breathe!) ... 

(Typing this after trying about A dozen different ways of editing a 'rotate' but this picture refuses to reorientate to 'right way up')  but the colours still good!


Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 10:35

Gardeningfantic - what a super garden you have - I love the features: the old tree stump, fencing, pathways and the circular patch of shrubs and flowers set in the lawn. I expect you had to weigh up losing the lawn to gravel or bark against the labour saved in not having to mow so much. 

By the way, that iris (is it?) is spectacular. I wouldnt have thought it easy to find many flowers that display such deep shades of purple. 


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.

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