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Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 22:24

Absolutely lovely day and did so many things that I can't remember them all but am certainly worn out!  Things I can remember are removing all of the old compost from my greenhouse borders and putting it on the veg plot after clearing that of weeds.  Lots of pricking out seedlings including several dozen each of lobelia, antirrhinum & petunia, planting 2 clematis and repotting 2 more, potting on lots of strawberry runners and planting out lots of perennials which were overwintered in the GH and cold frame. Phew!

Was surprised at how hot the sun was, or maybe it was the effect of carrying several dozen bags bags of compost and manure around?!

Digging up a dead plum tree

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 20:27

When you cut the top off, leave a good length of main trunk to use as leverage to help in getting the roots out.

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 20:21

Found my first one this year on a madonna lily:

Help I think they have sent the wrong clematis

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 17:51

Complain, attaching a photo and (with luck), you'll get to keep that and get what you asked for.

Garden photos April

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 17:20

Hi all, I can't seem to find the garden photos thread so though I'd start a new one based on the month to help people pick plants when planning.

I'll kick off with my raised front garden which I revamped (read: de-weeded!) in late winter and planted lots of spring bulbs.  All the hard work is paying off:

Let's see your April garden photo's folks!

Mystery plant

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 16:06

It is a poppy, swedboy, but an annual type.  Might be an opium so could have large flowers.

Last edited: 02 April 2017 16:06:46

Mystery flower...

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 16:03

It is indeed a tulip - some of them open fully like that.   The giveaway is the shape of the stigma in the centre.

What plans or changes do you have for your garden this year?

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 16:00

One of my plans is to renovate and raise this border which has had little attention for 10 years and doesn't have many 'exciting' plants in it, except for a tree peony, a couple of clematis and a few bulbs and heucheras:

Everything will be dug out, a couple of tonnes of well-rotted manure and compost added and raised to about 30cm as it is one of the lowest part of my garden which is on clay.  Too busy with seedlings and getting the veg plot ready at the mo so it will have to wait until the Easter break!

Yellow slime on tree stump

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 15:47

I doubt it is harmful to animals, but why not simply cover it with an old compost bag weighed down with bricks to keep them away to be safe?   It is helping to break down the wood so is a friend rather than a foe.

Yellow slime on tree stump

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 15:33

That is another fungus or, more likely, a slime mould which has taken advantage of the oozing sap which the roots will still be producing.  It's not honey fungus so no need to worry about this particular one.

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