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Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 20:10

Forester - sweet

Red - busy day, bet you are aching now!  Like the edging on your new beds


Posted: 04/05/2014 at 19:56

Thanks all - rather pleased myself.  The motivation is to cut down on the area we need to repave when we finally get rid of the concrete.  Plants will need to be deer proof - even though it is right outside our front door, they still regard it as their smorgasbord. So a few shrubs for structure, ferns and hostas (its quite shady) and some of my acers.  Interested to hear that polemonium might be worth a try Lizzie.

Had a long list of things to do in the garden today - did none as i kept getting side tracked - but productive nonetheless.  Weeded another 1000 oak saplings (felt like it) and then carefully repotted the oak tree i am nurturing from a special acorn....... the irony did not escape me


Posted: 04/05/2014 at 16:09



Love Blue Ensign Lizzie - what a find

Here are some before and afters of OH's weekend project - build a wall and manhandle 7 tonnes of topsoil and 3 of FYM - no need for him to visit the gym for a few days !  Now its my turn to fill it with plants



Posted: 04/05/2014 at 11:51

Hi Sarah - we have just planted asparagus, and are advised we shouldn't expect our first crop til 2017 - how does that work with a growbag?


Posted: 04/05/2014 at 11:29

Andy - enjoy.  And ditto on good to see you posting


Posted: 04/05/2014 at 11:28

OL - unless you need them for something fancy, check out the recycling section of your GC for pots for free - ours always has a great selection of sizes if you don't mind black plastic ones


Posted: 04/05/2014 at 08:32

Great pot - whos ever it is

Just waved off littlest chicklet with a rucksack that weighs a ton.  Surgically removed her phone too - the most testing part of the challenge..

More tea required and then the garden beckons.  Pulled up 200 oak saplings from my flower beds yesterday (i counted - it was therapeutic) - about 1000 left to go. Hate acorns

Lobelia for wedding at end of May

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 10:45

I wouldn't worry about getting them flowering too early - once they start, they go on and on without a break.  So if it was me i would bring them into a GH, or the lightest indoor place you can find, to hurry them along a bit.  Good luck, and enjoy the wedding


Posted: 03/05/2014 at 09:46

Three whole days stretch before me .... Very happy chicky.  About to go and unfleece the GH - think we escaped frost too.

OH has half built his dry stone wall - looking great.  Littlest chicklet has DofE camping trip tomorrow and Monday, which will require some taxi-ing ...... But other than that, the garden awaits my undivided attention

......the good guys

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 09:42

Parkers have just replaced a wintersuckle I bought from them in January which failed to come into leaf.  No quibbles, and replacement looks very healthy - so thought I should put in a good word for them

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Tree id

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