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Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 08:24

Dont feel a failure aym......maybe paranoid if you think you will be atracked by sluts. 

we will all be feeling better.....summer this week 

early walk with dog then pruned berberis darwinii with cordless hedgetrimmer.   A superb shrub that flowered for a few weeks but now time to shape .......makes a nice dark green dome for the rest of the year 

dry but a band of rain due soon but then warm sunshine for the afternoon....


Posted: 01/05/2016 at 21:35

I know Topbird...just never got round to it despite being so local 

you have encouraged me to go 

Daphne problems

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 19:49

Flo, doesnt look too bad to me.  Some vine weevil damage too but I would do nothing to it other than to apply nematodes or provado for weevil larvae 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 19:43

Divided bowles golden grass to surround some of my purple perennials.  Plenty of rain expected tonight so perfect timing.  

Put more plants outside today.....milder conditions now to help them adjust.  Could be 20 degrees by the end of the week .  Planted heliotrope between potted regal lilies too to extend the interest and scent 


Posted: 01/05/2016 at 19:08

Bosvigo did Lyn a few weeks back....I wangled head of the queue . Got the best too and I just had to show it off to the crowd still waiting.  Hated showing off like that.  Cruel of me....

does Heligan have one too?  You know, I have never been there.    Rectify that this year 

If you see a slug or snail

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 17:13

I have a friend like you LINDA.   If I pick up a snail she will grab it from me and put it in her pocket.  I dread to think what accumulates there 

drives me potty....POTTY I say 

however it is refreshing and I have respect for her....totally impractical ......thinking. 

Your slugs n snails, if tossed in the rubbish bin, will end up in a bad place anyway 

Do these bare root raspberry canes look acceptable?

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 16:40

You nicked them nic! 


Posted: 01/05/2016 at 15:43

Colin, I have read conflicting info about glyphosate...being banned or not.

it's a choice thing...personal choice!  Used discreetly and targetted it is a very useful and effective weedkiller.  I use it for occasional weeds in paths or for the odd dandelion.  Bindweed has not been a problem here for many years because glyphosate eradicated it. 

If we did lose glyphosate it would make gardeners' lives so much more difficult.  As with many things scientific evidence is divided as to whether it is dangerous or not. So, yes, we may still have a reliable weedkiller 


Posted: 01/05/2016 at 15:35

Hello MAGGIE, 

think you will get different opinions here.  There are sound reasons for now or autumn.

i have moved and will still move hellebores whenever I need or want to. they will survive if you accept you will be moving a big underground unit.  The root systems on even small plants are surprising.  I moved 3 or 4 last autumn as well as one during the summer and all are fine.  It is something I do quite regularly 

you have a moving the smaller ones now you are giving the bigger ones time to grow and produce their flowers without interruption.  Do it in September and you might disturb the bjgger ones and affect their flowers. The smaller ones will grow better too if moved now.  The longer you leave this process the bigger and more difficult it will be to satisfactorily separate the clumps

If mine I would do if now....try to get as much root system as possible but trying too not to get too close to the others.  

I would remove bjggest leaves from small plants (minimises transpiration) but keep those just appearing.  plant a little deeper and imcorporate compost and water well.  Water well too during the summer as they will flag if summer is a hot one.

when smaller hellebores are cleared away give the bigger ones a generous feed and mulch and water.

cut leaves in early autumn for 2 does help keep black spot away but it also enable full sight of flower buds emerging and flowers with no leaves to obscure them 

sorry aym, you lost me there 


Posted: 01/05/2016 at 15:09

I think there could be with fresh seaweed applied in spring growth may not like it then Lyn.  an autumn application is safe 

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