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Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 15:11

Been changing half the veg plots to cutting beds and adding three more this morning.. Back Breaking work.. View from the scaffolding (still up on the East Side)

 Angeliques have opened up today.. Little small as these have been left in a bed from last year and forgotten  about.. Then they appeared through some forget me nots that had self seeded (but will have to be pulled up before the cover everything)



Clematis Montana Wilt

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 11:41

I had it happen to my Niobe this year but only at the tip of one set of shoots.. I removed all those shoots back to the base and fingers crossed its ok..


I did give it a thicker compost mulch at the same time just to be sure its nice and cool down below. Its now shooting and climbing like a trooper.

japanese knotweed

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 11:38

It will show up  on a search if you go the public route as the council will map it but that search is usually only carried out automatically if your buying farmland or if you ask for and pay for it.

Whatever you do dont try to dig it up you'll make it worse.. try to inject the weedkiller/rootkiller directly into the plant when its green shoots appear and in the autumn - you may have to do this for a cpl of years

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 16:12


Tulips finally starting to come out..


 This is "Francoise" lovely creamy colour with a yellow center  - these line the track up to the barn .

They are suppose to be mixed with "Cardinal" for contrast but knowing my luck they will go over before the reds even flower.



 In fact most of the tulips seem late this year. Even those in pots seem like they need a week or two more compared to last year.



 Best news though is the scaffoldings finally down on the west (front) side. Just need to regrass some areas of the track as they have been worn away mixing cement.



 Jims taken refuge in the woodland garden. Its too hot.


Pinching out

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 16:15

I always pinch out Cosmos .. The taller varieties really benefit from this making bushier plants that never stop flowering and more importantly  stand up to the wind better.


Re sweet peas I pinch the third leaf out (above) then often again when I plant them out. As soon as it warms up they go crazy (I throw a handful of comfrey pellets into the mix as I plant them out)

ID please

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 11:38

Im sure this is a simple one but I cant for the life of me remember what was in this bed last year. It is seems to be coming up all over this bed - I suspect I planted it last year and it did nothing so I have forgotten what it is _then again it could be a weed..



Posted: 15/04/2015 at 09:37

Thanks for compliments.. I did post quite a bit last year but its been a very busy year (getting the barn finished inside etc etc) so the gardens taken a bit of a back seat over winter (and it was covered in 6 ft of snow at one point).

Looks like its going to be another good day though . Coffee and a quick read outside of S Ravens Sissinghurst book  (we're off for the weekend soon) then back to the garden. May have to post some pics of mystery foliage at some point as Im clueless whats emerging in some of the beds despite starting with meticulous plans.


Posted: 14/04/2015 at 12:26

Blue sky has finally arrived.. Looks like the first of the tulips may open later this week. On the side of the track. Been a mixed bunch with quite a lot of no flower heads. May have to improve the ground here as theres a lot of rubble that was moved to create the track in the soil.

 this gives a better idea

In the front lane the Fritillaria and Primroses have been putting on a great show.

 Think some of the clumps of Daffs need splitting next year though - must remember.

 tea Break over, back to the endless task of pointing whilst its sunny

Verbena bonariensis

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 17:06

I just cut it back to the ground in autumn (late last year as it was so mild).. I can see new shoots already (and this is NW England iHigh up on Rossendale Valley).. In fact there's too many.

Camera Corner

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 08:02

Trip to Llandudno over the weekend.. Have not been for  a long time and was suprised how beautiful and unspoilt the bay is.


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