Gardening Grandma

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Posted: 11/07/2013 at 08:24

Morning Verdun. Have a good foodbank day.

Rather worried about leaving all the new borders I have planted, in this heat. So many young plants to get dried up. Friend will water, but is a bit frugal with water. I feel like a mother with her babes!


Posted: 11/07/2013 at 08:03

Wish I had! OH is allergic to them and gets real problems. The only solution I know is to move to a town, right away from farm animals.


Posted: 11/07/2013 at 08:01

Morning. Sounds fun, Woodie. Have a great time!

Gilly, that is the principple on which I have always worked - vegentables cancel out a;ll other calories. Can't understand why those excess pounds have settled on my naturally slender frame....

Dove, obvously your office is in some way connected with education?

Packing caravan today, doing ironing, finishing garden, extending automatic watering system, moving furniture ready for painter to come in while we're away.  Should be a nice weekend, anyway.

Have a good day, all.


Posted: 10/07/2013 at 16:06

Progress report - patio half cleared, 3 bags of JI no 3 bought. Potting and planting to continue until it is time to visit my friend and do a bit in her garden (she's disabled and newly widowed). Then a cup of tea and a really good gas.( From, of course, the body orifice situated just under the nose...  )


Help My Hydrangeas are not looking good

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 12:16

Just a further comment. Verdun, who is a plant expert, was absolutely right about it not really having enough room to grow. Obviously, it will get pretty big, in time. You can't easily cut them back, because you don't get flowers the following year (they flower on last year's wood) although you can cut back a third of the stems each year to limit the size. Also, you need to think about what kind of soil they are growing into under that path or drive and whether it is good enough to sustain them. When they get bigger, will they be in the way of people passing by? Hydrangeas are tough and can put up with quite a lot, providing they get enough water. If when you've fed and watered it, it is still looking sick, the answer might be the soil you've planted it into.


Posted: 10/07/2013 at 12:06

A belated good morning!  Have been gardening in the early cool, determined to finish weeding and planting and clear up that patio before we go  away on Friday morning. I'm now much clearer on what needs to happen to my existing borders, which are very crowded with the wrong things. I'm letting the pink geraniums and lamiums and a couple of other things flower before I dig them out. They are rampant and messy! I also took my courage in both hands and pruned the acer, cutting off a couple of low branches. I hated doing it, but it is that or take it out. When everything has died back and I can see its shape, I may find I have mutilated it so much that I have no choice but to take it out anyway, but at least I have given it a chance. It is too big to move to a pot, too close to the house and casting other plants into too much shade. But it is beautiful.

OH has gone to get paint for sitting room, then we are off to the GC for more potting compost and topsoil. I am deterined to get the rest of the plants in today and clear that patio. Did I say that before? Smallest seedlings will go into the shade of the house wall, as will the hellebores, to grow on.

Starvation day today (lots of coffee) since the bad news at Fat Club yesterday!!

Have a happy and well-fed day, everyone!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 22:41

Long evening's gardening, just finished as darkness fell. Did some brutal cutting back as well as some planting and weeding, It was lovely but rather regret not finishing in time to have a glass of wine out there.  Never mind, tomorrow is another day!

FG, thanks for the reassurance. My sweet peas are about the same size as yours.

Goodnight everyone. Sleep well, despite the heat.

Out of control clematis

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 19:01

And are you sure they are clematis?

Help my bleak garden!

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 19:00

I also have a small garden which I had to start almost from scratch. I made loads of mistakes befrore finally arriving at something I liked. First, was your garden a field before the houses were built? If so, the soil may be terrible, maybe heavy clay. One really vital thing I have learnt is that your plants are as good as the soil they go into. If you dig borders, and the soil seems either very heavy and sticky or very light and sandy, the solution is the same - lots of compost and rotted manure dug into it. Then deside what real features you want - a small tree, a shed, a summerhouse, a patio or path? You can have one or two large things and then arrange everything else around it as you want. 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 18:53

Puncdoc, saw your garden pictures. Fab!

Good luck, WW!

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