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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: Yesterday at 18:17

Fed the birds, did some pest control and mostly stayed in out of the rain.

Plant ID help please.

Posted: Yesterday at 10:14

Second one does look like a climbing lonicera of some sort, planted at the base of a trellis. You'll know more once you see the flowers. Looks like you won't have long to wait. You may want to get really brutal with it next spring and cut it back to near the fence, then train new growth out along the trellis rather than letting it bush out like that. Some of them can get heavy enough to pull a fence down. I had to cut mine back to just the trunk and a few leaves to get space to work then take the top off my extra-tall fence to use the uprights as props for the fence posts. They're only standing in one-foot cubes of concrete two feet down in the ground, so they didn't stand a chance against halliana once it really got going.

growing plants over a shed

Posted: Yesterday at 10:08

Chocolate vine's a twiner, not a clinger. It'll happily enough climb the shed if you mount trellis on spacers or provide wires. Simple enough job to put a trellis up 2" off the shed wall, but putting trellis over the roof without piercing the roof could be a bit trickier. You'd have to mount short legs on the gable ends, rails between them and the trellis on the rails, and I think the trellis would sag in the middle if you didn't give it enough rail support. Could be done, but isn't trivial.

Virginia Creeper and Hydrangea are both clinging climbers, so they'll cover a shed. You just need to occasionally get them away from the windows and door.

One of my hydrangeas has found itself in direct competition with a sycamore ... and its response has been along the lines of: "Nice structure. I'll take it."

 Final height of that plant is reckoned at 15m, so that tree is not too tall to eat.

Alternatively, there's the "heap of rose bush" approach to covering a shed:

 See the shed? There's a shed. It's about 10 x 7 x 4 metres, accessed down a ramp on the far side of that gate. That rose grew up left of the gate and has made it onto the shed roof. I'm pretty sure another specimen of it could cover a 10 x 8 x 7 foot shed quite convincingly ...

... and that'd give the chocolate vine something to climb.

Confession Times!

Posted: Yesterday at 09:43

Brings a new meaning to that song, doesn't it? Next time some preacher tells you you're going to burn in hell for gardening on a Sunday, tell him: "One, nothing wrong with me, two, nothing wrong with me, three, nothing wrong with me, FOUR!!!!!"

Confession Times!

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 21:35

"I can still count them on my fingers Verdun"

So can Verdun. Right thumb is one. Right index finger is two. Right index finger plus right thumb is three. Right middle finger is four. Right middle finger plus right thumb is five. Right middle finger plus right index finger is six. Right middle finger, index finger and thumb make seven. Right ring finger is eight. Carry on like that and by the time you run out of fingers and thumbs ...

00000 00001 = 1
00000 00010 = 2
00000 00011 = 3
00000 00100 = 4
00000 00101 = 5
00000 00110 = 6
00000 00111 = 7
00000 01000 = 8
00000 10000 = 16
00001 00000 = 32
00010 00000 = 64
00011 00100 = 100
00100 00000 = 128
00110 01000 = 200
01000 00000 = 256
01100 10000 = 400
01111 10100 = 500
10000 00000 = 512
11111 01000 = 1000
11111 11111 = 1023

... you've got a LOT of hostas.

If you happen to take 2048 steps to the mile with a heavy pack on, using your right foot for 1 and your fingers and thumbs for 2 to 1024 means you run out of fingers at 1-mile intervals. Handy on those rare occasions when you're turning right up Dentdale and looking for the track leading over towards Hawes.


My confession? When I tried to arrange a holiday in Jordan, stuff happened there (bombs, rockets, that sort of stuff) again and again. When I finally went, the Yemeni airline bomb plot was uncovered while I was there and then the Arab Spring started just after I got back. I recently booked a holiday in Chile. So, er, sorry about that, everyone.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 21:16

Pruned two honeysuckles on one trellis, murmured words of encouragement to my rose cuttings and left the winter honeysuckle alone. It's supposed to be pruned in spring, after flowering, rather than in autumn with the roses, but this year I'm letting it get long so I can take cuttings in autumn. No flowers for me next winter, but maybe some free plants for friends or for other spots in the garden here.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 19:35

Two hours of digging out "that one last stump" from the far end of the hedge, making the hole slightly larger and a lot nearer the house. Also a lot nearer the elder standing over the hedge, which has new growth at knee-height. I figure it's feeling stressed, so I poured about 20 litres of compost into its end of the hole rather than leave it open. I ought to prune that thing back a bit further. Maybe in autumn.

Also looked at some plants. You know, where you stand in the garden and there are plants there and you look at them. It's great. Puts almost no stress on the back or on the shoulder muscles. Five minutes at a time, with breaks for tea, snacks and wine, I could do that all day.

Big clear plastic tub (formerly of dried mealworms) on the far side of the fence had a lot of little weeds in it, but I cleared them out and checked the sides and saw roots! The white-flowered Akebia is putting down roots, and should be ready to come off the parent and be planted elsewhere this autumn. It's also flowering at ground level on both sides of the tub. Not going to let a little thing like cloning itself stop it having babies, eh?

Camera Corner

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 18:06

Umm, David, that website says: "He specialises in landscape, cityscape and panoramic photography."

Camera Corner

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 18:02

The same flowers, today:

 Another flower on the same plant:

 The white-flowered version further down the garden:

 I tried different angles, hoping to get the background just right. My camera just will not be told to focus on the thing in the centre.

 This is the north side of the fence. It's inclined to grow mostly on the south side. Still, I've got quite a lot of flowers this year, haven't I?

 An elder tree demonstrating heliotropism, i.e. growing towards the Sun.

 New leaves at the tip of a rose.

 I've no idea who this is or why it's growing at the base of my jasmine, but it's pretty.

 I do know what this one is. This is winter-flowering jasmine, so named because it flowers in winter. Crocus says this about it: "Cheerful yellow flowers appear on bare stems in winter and early spring and really brighten up a dark, winter day." I'm in agreement about the flowers being cheerful and yellow. I'm just not really convinced that today is "a dark, winter day."

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 17:13

mdw84, Lily beetles here too. Three adults found and crushed.

Blue tits I've had ... pretty much all the way though "winter," I think. They're nesting on the north end of the house, which means they don't have far to come when they hear the shed door open. Also present: blackbird, thrush, robin, coal tit, great tit, long-tailed tit, sparrow, dunnock, wren, nuthatch, tree-creeper, great spotted woodpecker, mallard, rook, pigeon and, a few days ago, a grey squirrel. I'm not sure how hard I hit it but it ran away and I haven't seen it since.

Other recent gardening: trimmed honeysuckles, pulled up grass from around a seedling I'd thought was dead ... and accidentally knocked off its only leaf in the process, tucked vines back into the fence so they spread along it not out from it, decapitated a few more dandelions, pulled up a bit of goosegrass and sawed some of those dead privets into stove-lengths. Still have to dig out the other end of the hedge, which is behind the flowering bulbs.

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