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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 20:12

Dry and sunny here but only 22C so excellent for gardening.   I've cleared away unwanted pink geraniums that are proving just a bit too happy and invasive along with loads of spent forget-me-not.   Found some bindweed trying to emerge in sneaky places and have scattered the weedlings on the lawn to dry out thoroughly before they end up on the compost heap.

Planted out my new penstemon Sour Grapes and geum Mai Thai and potentilla sanguineum but found the soil really dry down several inches so now I've got the sprinkler on as I need to carry on shifting unwanted geraniums and some comfrey in another patch tomorrow.

Holly tree

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 16:19

I think it sounds risky but if that's what you want to do, go ahead.   If it doesn't regrow you can plant something more suitable.

Holly tree

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 15:47

Keep the bare trunks and then take out the unwanted top growth being careful to step back and take a look from several angles to check you're keeping the shape.

I have a holly hedge with a gap at the front where a car skidded on black ice and pirouetted into it taking out 3 of the shrubs.  I have since been training the last one to be a taller lollipop and find it does regularly send out new shoots from the bare stem but they are easily controlled.   Maybe it'll give up as it gets older.

Weeds from surrounding field ruining garden

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 17:46

I have to agree.  My garden has arable fields behind and to one side and pastures on the 3rd side and across the road.     If you had suburban neighbours you'd get just as many but maybe different weed seeds coming in from their gardens so the answer is to hoe regularly between your treasures and make sure you fork out persistent roots such as couch grass, nettles, creeping buttercup and thistles.

It's a bit like having to dust and vac your house every week except that the more you deal with the perennial weeds the weaker they will become so the quicker they can be dealt with each year and then you'll just need regular hoeing for annual weeds.


Posted: 13/06/2015 at 17:40

Common sense applies in gardening as in all other aspects of life and living with other poeple.   Aconitums are a valuable and ornamental addition to my garden and I've always had them.  I trained my daughter as a bairn not to put anything from the garden in her mouth unless I'd told her it was OK so she happily learned to raid the blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, redcurrants, herbs and salads in the veggie plot but knew not to touch anything in the ornamental garden.

Her friends were told the same and I never had any problems - apart form finding all the fruit had gone and there was none left for pud!

Are my roses sick?

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 17:33

I shouldn't worry.  Just make sure you feed the rose generously every spring with slow release rose fertiliser or blood fish and bone or pelleted chicken manure and then give it occasional drinks of liquid tomato food up until late June.

That way your rose will be healthy enough to flower well and fight off any pests and diseases that may have a go at it.


What do you carry you hand tools around in?

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 09:35

I just use my hands and yes, I lose trowels and secateurs and then find them again, sometimes months later.

Nowadays I try to be disciplined and stay in one spot at a time and finish what I'm doing before being distracted by something somewhere else.   I also now have a plastic tool carrying trug that keeps things together.  

I was going to mow the lawn but ......................

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 16:50

Just cut ours too before the storm that's brewing hits us and I've oiled the newly sanded teak table again to keep that safe and I'm just about to go and give a bigger obelisk to clematis Omoshiro and plant some new geraniums - Eureka Blue - with some orange rudbeckias and next to a patch of red geums.  Getting colourful in my old age.

Not looking at the weeds in the pond bed.  Too depressing.




Orange hawkweed

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 11:08

For me it would be golden rod, euphorbias, laburnums and yellow lysimachia.

I have some orange hawkweed in pots waiting to be planted out in a slightly wild area next to my insect hotel.   It can spread where it likes in that spot and any seeds will be blown onto the adjacent boggy pasture where they won't like the conditions so it won't be a problem for neighbours.

Any ideas on these two plants?

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 16:38

It may well be ornamental rhubarb.  I have two forms and both have foliage more cut than my edible rhubarb and neither is ready to flower yet whereas the edible stuff has been trying for a couple of months.

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