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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 15:15

Saw the serious weather warnings about thunderstorms, hail, torrential rain etc etc last night, so rushed out in the twilight to retie my delphiniums, tie up bigger clumps, took down hanging baskets, put everything I could  carry back in the greenhouse and generally battened down the hatches, went to bed and prayed.

This morning, no rain, no thunder, and sunshine, albeit a bit close and thundery like. I've even got a big umbrella over my big front door trough as it would be a disaster if that got trashed a week before we open.

Although it's started raining now, please, please don't let it get any worse!!!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 20:49

I've spent the day trying to clean all the paving around the house as our garden opening is in a fortnight's time. I used Patio Magic till that ran out - it doesn't seem to go very far and then resorted to a splash of Fairy Liquid and bleach scrubbed with a brush.  We made the mistake of being seduced by beautifully pale Indian sandstone with fossils in it about 8 years ago, to match the Bath stone of the house, but it's a nightmare to keep clean.

Tried a power washer last year which did the business but took all the mortar out and was jolly hard work - anybody got any other recommendations please?

ID on Irises please

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 21:19

Thanks Ceres - I did wonder if that was the right one, looked at it in Wooten's catalogue last night so I'm pleased somebody else has confirmed it.

ID on Irises please

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 22:07

Thanks Buttercupdays.

I did check in Clare Austin's book first but couldn't see the burgundy iris there - I'll see if Wootens is online.

ID on Irises please

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 21:02


Can anyone identify these two irises for me please?

clematis joe 's misery

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 22:28

Hello Sarah,  I don't know where you live but have you kept it well watered? It's been so dry in most places that it may well have just stopped still until it gets some moisture - my wisteria seems to have done the same, one truss is blooming, the rest - nil. I did read somewhere that clematis need 2 gallons every few days.

Talkback: How to choose slug-resistant plants - part two

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 20:59

I'm just trying the Slug Buggers pellets - sheep's poo mixed with wool - smells revolting when you open the packet but it does wear off after a bit. Seems to do the trick around my delphiniums.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 20:54

Levered out an old conifer from a big pot and replaced it with a new olive bush - very hot position by our front door so I 'm hoping it will do fine there. Put the conifer on Freegle and had an offer already. Also got the hosepipe out and watered new potatoes just showing through and yippee - some asparagus shoots are showing

Am hoping for rain over the weekend - it's so dry here.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 22:16

I had to go to GC to get some bedding plants to match the tulips that came up red/yellow instead of the pale pink ones I thought I'd bought Didn't half clash with the deep pink primulas that were in full bloom. That's the second lot that were the wrong colour, as the purple Havran ones turned out to be bright yellow Anybody else had the same problem this year?

Tied in the clematis, watered the witchhazel and the wisteria which has it's 1st lot of flowers - which is very early this year.  I also have cyclamen, magnolia, anemones, primroses, kerria & amelanchier all in bloom at the same time - and the 1st spear of asparagus has just popped through - as confused as me

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 21:06

At last some sunshine!  Still needed a fleece though, so not that warm. Repotted my Camelia Crimson King (although it's actually deep pink!). Cut the tops off more heucheras and potted these up, along with some Carex Evergold, and geranium Johnson's Blue. Not sure what I'm going to do with them all but I find it hard to throw away anything with roots.

Dug up a nepeta and moved it near a cherry tree. Noticed that the amelanchier has leafbuds on it, as does the pear tree, and the kerria japonica is blooming. Found a cowslip has survived in a rough grass bank and is also in bloom, which it wasn't yesterday. Roll on tomorrow and hopefully more sunshine.

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