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Charlie November

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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.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 19:16

Maybe hostafan has the right kind of snails. Not the least disgusting video on YouTube.

Camera Corner

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 20:05

Originally China, Korea, Japan or all three, and the flesh within the fruit was sweet and very mild, like a pear or dragon fruit.

According to one search result, the rind of the fruit can be used as a vegetable, stuffed with other stuff and cooked, and the stems are loaded with potassium salts so a decoction of them will have a diuretic effect ... should you ever feel the need for something with a diuretic effect ... but I just sucked the seeds clean of juicy white flesh and spat them into some kitchen roll to be washed properly. AfaIk they're edible but I wanted to post them.

I think part of the difference between going through them when I took them and seeing them again on the forum is that I went through them about 1000 pixels high, and little details like the vein patterns in the leaves in the last two were a lot more obvious.

If you're thinking of growing one or two, be aware they're sun-lovers, so they're grow more on the sunnier south side of an east-west fence and won't get all verdant or flower until they find plenty of sunshine, and that they're inquisitive things, always feeling around for anything they can climb. Time-lapse footage of one exploring an area of knee- to waist-high tree stumps would be fascinating. Eventual height: 10m, if they find a way. They're not as bad as Lonicera japonica halliana for going to the sunny side. With that, I get brown twigs and a few leaves and next door gets a magnificent display. With the Akebia at least we're both getting to enjoy the plant. Their side's just more lush.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 17:52

Greenfingers, were you de-weeding snowboarders or aggressive sailors?


Today: got around to taking metres and metres and metres of honeysuckle out of the flower bed on the other side of the fence. Some of it's put down roots and is still there. Most of it went on the compost heap. I've stuffed handfuls of cuttings into two fruit juice bottles full of water to take to a friend. Also uprooted some goosegrass. Sat and watched birds, listened to birdsong, watched honeybee and bumblebee, enjoyed the smell of the hyacinths, ...thought about stuff ...


Camera Corner

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 17:47

Weird. I liked those pictures when I took them. Now I think the purple hyacinths is the only really good one, and the second bumblebee the only other one that was worth posting.

Camera Corner

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 17:14

The akebia that gave me three fruits last year:

 Looking promising!

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It seems to be healthy enough, if slow-growing 
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Can they be left in if the drainage is good? 
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