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Getting rid of brambles

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 18:18

Here's a couple of photos of the process in action....

i use a bent paper clip to make a hole in the stem first (my pipecleaners are not strong enough to push in on their own)- i made it bright pink so that i could leave it in the stem whilst I go and load my pipecleaner - its then easy to see where you need to head next

 Here are a couple with pipecleaners inserted

 I got my pipecleaners from a kids craft shop ....hence the kaleidescope of colours.

and here is how the area in my before pic looks today - azaleas half flowering, but with lots of buds left to come


Royal Baby

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 17:57

Or Princess Lottie

Nice names though - must be hard trying to keep everyone happy

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 11:48

DD - love your before and after pics  Were all the poppies hidden in the undergrowth, or have you been adding to the bed?

Tea Anyone?

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 10:57

We add our used teabags to the compost heap - bag and all.  They seem to break down like everything else.


Posted: 04/05/2015 at 10:07

I shall look forward to Cornwall in September

Enjoy your Malvern trip Lizzie and Matty - keep an eye out for Woody.  Malvern and Harrogate seem to kick off the show season've reminded me that its only 3 weeks til I go to Chelsea

My attack on the brambles using SBK and pipecleaners was so successful that I am going to have a go at another patch .....this time on our driveway.  They have snagged just about every pair of work trousers I possess (office sort, rather than gardening gear).

have also just seen the forecast for the rest of the week get my delphiniums staked too

Hope the Moscow move goes well for the HongKongers .....they are inching their way closer to home

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 18:10

Thanks guys.  Winter - we got a good deal for bulk buying the trelllis, and put it all up ourselves ..... took many evenings and weekends.  But so worth it to be able to have an area where I can grow what I want without having to worry about Bambis. We are on box blight alert - just one box ball succumbed this winter, but won't be surprised if it spreads.  If so will have to start again with yew


Posted: 03/05/2015 at 18:03

5 more series  Lovely

Had a good afternoon out there once the rain cleared away.  Gladioli corms planted, few more plants found homes, some cuttings potted on and lots of pottering.....bliss

Off to the cinema with Chicklet to see Far from the Madding Crowd tonight.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 15:54

Great tulips Runny - lovely colours.

starting to look a bit frothy out there:

 oH has given the stumpery an extension


Help identifying lawn weed

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 11:02


Help identifying lawn weed

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 11:02

I'd try googling sheep sorrel images - that should help you see what you've got

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