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Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 24/02/2016 at 16:39

Never get anywhere by meddling Vickie 

fantastic weather today ...wall to wall sunshine and really warm in the garden.

cut lawns....yes, again....not much grass but picked up odd twigs, leaves etc too so looks good.  Edges trimmed, weeded too. one of the most irritating weeds is the crocus. I'm sure I have moaned before about crocus but they flower only briefly and their foliage is awful, weedy and ugly. I will never buy crocus again.  Transplanted a large white with red spots hellebore....not currently flowering ....and gave it a better home. 

Cleared and cleaned guttering too so plenty of sun my face can verify.  

Another fine day tomorrow too. 

plant bulbs

Posted: 24/02/2016 at 12:51

If a couple are mouldy I would throw out the pack Nick. 

Chuff, chuff, chuffed!

Posted: 23/02/2016 at 22:28

(Shhhhh! it was a £1000 win several years ago.  Not enough to do anything with )



Compacted clay soil

Posted: 23/02/2016 at 22:11

digging over is well worthwhile Budsgardens. 

You can either take everything out and dig over the whole border digging in your topsoil or you can dig generous planting holes per plant as you go.  

2" of surface soil improver will not magically transform your heavy clay soil.

best to keep off your soil too when it is wet........we will get a dry spell or two and this is  when you should do your digging/planting.

digging in manure, compost is important too to eventually break up and improve your clay 

suggestions please

Posted: 23/02/2016 at 22:02

I planted clematis montana around a cut down conifer.  Used 3 galvanised 8' rods fastened around the trunk and the effect has been a superb display of spring colour over the past few years.  When the trunk does will take a long time.....the plant will still be supported 

Anyone grow Agapanthus in border

Posted: 23/02/2016 at 21:56

In summer fields of agapanthus contrast with oil seed rape here in Cornwall.  Mild, free draining, good light so they thrive here . As average/ small garden plants they simply do not look as impressive 

Chuff, chuff, chuffed!

Posted: 23/02/2016 at 21:48

Hey flumpy...just read this .   

.....and your profile, viz.," loves the countryside, to be near the coast and to win the lottery".     I do and did .   tee hee hee 

I simply forgot today.  maybe tomorrow but not in my comfort zone taking photos of my own garden 

A Gardener's Hands

Posted: 23/02/2016 at 18:35

Never wear gloves...they get in the way 

my big trouble is using my hands as a trowel.  Impatient to get something planted I will dig with my fingers and hope no sharp stones are in the way.  Silly really.  I did have a tetanus jab though last year.

Cornish clotted cream is good though 


Kniphofia Tawny King

Posted: 23/02/2016 at 18:26

Philippa I tried to get this last year because, yes, I think it is as impressive in colour and form as suggested.  I always research plants I want pretty thoroughly and this is highly or the most highly related tall form.  

I know one or two on the forum grow it so hopefully they will respond too. 

Tempted to go for it now .  Got a couple of plants that will assort well with it ....

Compacted clay soil

Posted: 23/02/2016 at 18:15

Sooz5, you will have to break up that clay somehow.  Your grass seed will germinate and grow away well if you don't but the roots will eventually dry out in the summer.

how big an area is it?  I would try digging it even for a further 15 cm and incorporate those discarded chippings then add your top soil thus giving you 30 cm of soil depth. 

A rotavator will not be enough I think .   

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