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Posted: 20/03/2014 at 15:52

I decided to shift a barrow load of muck. Backing up a full barrow, my hands slipped and I went over backwards. Cracked a plastic bucket with my head!!. Good job they're not the old galvanised sort. Memo to OH. The new barrow needs some non slip handles. The wind has decapitated by new double yellow hellebore. The main stem snapped off at the base. It was setting seed as well. I've put it in a vase in the house, but  it makes an awfully expensive cut flower.  I hope the root will send up some new leaves and then reflower next year.

So now i've come in. I'll read a book I think, its safer.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 12:21

 Paeony mlokosewitchsii  shoots and chionodoxa


Posted: 20/03/2014 at 12:06

I've just evicted a very large bumble bee from the living room. A wren is working around the bulbs in pots. Mrs mallard seems to have left the drake on the nest. They are now coming one at a time for a feed, and then heading back towards the canal/river. Blackbirds are gathering material for nests.Snowdrops are fading, but the daffodils are taking over. Its certainly Spring here, even if the temperature has reverted to normal for this time of year.

Very slopping area

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 11:41

I hope your father has recovered well.

Terracing to give a level lawn is excellent idea. You may need a ramp to get mowers up and down. I like the idea of a waterfall and pond, and even a rockery at the side of the stream. You will need an area to hide the pump and filters.

Chitted Spuds & Green Bugs

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 11:34

Probably aphids. Just squidge them or brush them off or even rinse them under a tap. Aphids can pass on viruses that reduce the yield.

The first one I've seen this year - 2014

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 11:29

 My trillium is trying hard this year. Its in a very shady position.

The first one I've seen this year - 2014

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 11:28

We (that is me supervising, him building) are going to build a wall to retain a bank of soil around the oak. I am using old dressed stone, and I am going to use some strong bottles inserted so that only the entrance pokes out to give hidey holes for bees etc.

compost in dustbins and alpaca poo

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 11:22

I think that if you have the space for a bin, replace that bin with either a wormery or compost bin, maybe by modifying the bin you have  I have a brown bin that goes to the council for emptying. It gets perennial weeds like docks, bindweed, etc. It has stood all winter because it doesn't get emptied until march.  Yesterday i tipped out of it about a gallon of brown liquid. It had made compost over the winter. You can't stop stuff rotting, just give ita ahelping hand. See Edds vermicomposting thread for ideas.

Oliver Twist Budget

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 08:11

Very good. You have to stare at the pound sign. Lol

Prunus Amanogawa

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 07:34

Although it's columnar in shape, it will still get pretty big. It will stand being in a big pot for a year or two, but then I would get it in the ground.

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