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Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 18:56

At long last, some proper gardening.   I started off by going and cutting branches from my neighbor's weeping willow - with permission - to make babies.   Most are now in a bucket of water to root but 3 of the best branched ones have been pushed into the mud along the stream that divides our paddock from theirs.   Had to be rescued by friend Marie-Christine as I sunk up to my knees and couldn't get out alone.   Not an option to leave boots behind as I was wearing OH's waders.   Planks and spade to the rescue.   One very mucky Obxx.  Very glam.

Potte up 10 salix contorta stems I've had rooting in a pot of water - for friends.   Then pushed 3 more new salix contorta cuttings into mud higher up along the stream and some pussy willows along the boundary between us and the arable field where water collects.   Dug up clumps of snowdrops and split them into 31 small pots.  7 given to M-C and the rest to grow on to make a drift in a bed I have yet to clear.

Planted out some crocuses from a planter, trimmed clematis growth back, layered two shoots on the pink and red honeysuckle and did battle with a pot of Firefox lilies that had become congested.  6 bulbs have become more than 30 plus babies and scales to pot up and grow on.   Gave 10 to M-C. 

OH has cleared piles of crud and had a big bonfire and then removed an old wire mesh fence where we're putting in new trellis.

Showers and dinner done.   Now OH and I are off to our Soul class - dancing.


Posted: 15/03/2016 at 16:31

I had them just the one year.   The caterpillars are pretty amazing too but I think all the chrysalises must have frozen as we never saw another swallowtail or their caterpillars and I plant fennel every year..

TV alert new series Big Dreams Small Spaces

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 14:04

Me too B-L.   I think the chooks have appreared once or twice NB.  Certainly not week in, week out with health bulletins when Nigel can't appear.


Posted: 15/03/2016 at 14:02

If you're very lucky and have a warm summer, swallow tail butterflies may lay eggs and you'll get fat green caterpillars - very civilised as they only eat the frondy bits and don't spoil the bulb.   They like dill too apparently.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 08:48

Bright sun and heavy frost.   Gardening later when it's warmed up.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 08:46

So much for seasonality.

TV alert new series Big Dreams Small Spaces

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 08:45

Well, if we can have two dogs why not cats and the chickens too?  They all like the garden too.

Gardners world

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 22:44

Just a quick note - Beechgrove starts again at the end of March in Scotland and will be repeated on BBC2 nationwide on Sundays so set your recorders - -    They do a downloadable factsheet too, every week.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 22:36

I tried asparagus but the winters are just too cold and they never really got going so, after a couple of years, I gave up.

I can get Hot X buns if I drive 50kms to the English shop (and back) but they're pappy mass produced things so I've taken to making my own.   Not bad.   BBC Good Food site has recipes and this year I'm trying a variation with lemon and grated marzipan.

TV alert new series Big Dreams Small Spaces

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 21:35

I think pedantry is essential when it comes to facile and highly misleading errors such as the square metres thing.   I also dispute her assertions about the nation's favourite gardener?  Which nation exactly?  In Scotland I bet it's Jim from Beechgrove.   In   England I doubt very much if it's MD and then there's Wales and NI.  

Not that it matters.  We just want a competent presenter for a well produced and directed show.    Except for the voice over, this show delivers but not GW. 

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