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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 17:17

Dug out the lavender. planted the L. henryii. My back is killing me. Long soak in bath then out for Chinese New year celebration.  Lion dancing and fireworks.

My efforts

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 13:19

Get them interested early, and they'll be interested for life.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 13:17

Joy(bouquet)lilies planted in veg patch in a line for cutting.

Planted 6 Lilium longiflorum in a big tub. Tipped out another big tub to find  some ginormous Lilium henryii that have been in there a few years. Gertrude Jekyll land Brian Matthews say these should be semi shaded. I could dig out the old lavender bushes which are not getting enough light and put them there.

I've potted up some blue perennial cornflower from the space where I dug out the tree peony.  Lots of brandlings in the muck heap to keep the birds happy.

Coffee drunk now back to work...

Chicken poo and straw

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 09:49

Horse is best.

Chicken manure will burn plants if not thoroughly composted. It makes a good activator for the compost heap, mixed up with grass cuttings, shreddings and veg peelings. If it smells at all it is not composted enough.


Posted: 17/02/2015 at 14:25

Well, its not the planting that takes the time, its preparing the soil.

I've dug out an old tree peony. Root breaker needed. Wheely bin full of roots. Fork it over. Add two wheelbarrows full of FYM. Add a sprinkling of FBB. Fork it again. Fight off the robins squabbling over the worms.  Plant aquilegias, snapdragons, and lily bulbs.  Put stuff away and wash up. 

Now I'm off to get my eyes tested.  Have a good afternoon.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 10:22

I didnt like loo rolls, they all went mouldy before planting out. I did some in each last year, the ones in rootrainers performed much better.

It's my birthday

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 10:19

Thanks from mum. Today she is 82, and in Tenerife with my sisters.  The 19th would have been her Diamond Wedding anniversary if dad had managed another three months. He didnt have much excuse for forgetting, with Valentine's day, birthday, and anniversary all in the same week.

GORGEOUS cakes. Its a good job they are calorie free. The no wheat diet is working pretty well.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 10:11

I have sown, winston Churchill, wiltshire ripple, and two packets of mixed spencer type. All last years bargain seed, cost me a total of 1.50 for the seed and 24 quid for the roottrainers. My old ones have hellebore seeds germinating in them. I did notice that in one of the pods still hanging from last year, a seed was starting to germinate. Now its warmer, I can start and tidy up the veg patch.  Out of sight, out ofmind..

Unique garden- help needed on a design

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 10:02

Someone else has done all the hard expensive landscaping.  It may be that the builder has dumped the clay subsoil on top of the decent stuff. If you can incorporate as much organic matter as you can in , and fork it through the soil, it would give you a good start. You can use compost, well rotted manure or fine shredded bark. Some garden centres sell bags of soil improver, which to my mind is expensive, but if that is all you can get, it will do.

 All the walls  could be cloaked with climbers such as honeysuckle, clematis, or jasmine.

The beds could have seasonal bedding in for a year or two, until you decide what perennials you want. That gives you more time for soil improvement.


Posted: 17/02/2015 at 09:47

Have a good holiday Stacey. After the last year, you deserve it.

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