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Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 17:56

Put some of my seedlings out for the first time this weekend, it only occurred to me this week that it was the middle of May already...normally I have tonnes more seedlings and am forced to put them out due to space constraints.

Potted on some new plants that I don't want to risk in the borders with all the tough stuff. Had to rescue a newish actaea today - I'd been watering it but it was actually bone dry. Planted some other things out and moved a cirsium, Blue Trevor. He is part of my New Plan, a mighty move around and pond re-jig. I can't get anything else done for that project apart from musing but he was getting over-ran by the hedge.

Planted out a thalictrum I had to rescue from the snugs, never noticed a thalictrum getting chewed before🤔

Alliums and camassia starting to open now, lots of little bumbles on some new dark blue cams...thinned out some rosebay w/herb from the moth zone and cleaned the water bowls.

Plant orders for 2017

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 21:19

The trove contains helenium, helianthus, heliopsis, aster, centaurea and a few bits and bobs like eryngium and kniphofia Oh and the white cirsium mount etna.

I think I'll grow some of them on in pots for a bit.

Plant orders for 2017

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 20:36

Not sure if this is the current 'What've you bought?🤔' thread but resurrecting to show my latest plant delivery, ordered over winter:

Letting them explore the garden tonight but will cut back a bit and repot forthwith

J Parkers rose delivered dead/diseased?

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 18:01

I think you are being a bit unfair on the posters who have a different experience with Parkers Jimmmy - we all have different opinions.

I did a quick price check comparing them with the company I bought bare root roses from over winter and they are two to three times cheaper so personally I wouldn't expect the same quality.

Clematiscrazy, it looks like you are keeping it well watered and other than chop off the dead bits I don't see what more you can do. I would persevere with it and keep Parkers up to date, compare it with your other plant if necessary. Good luck 

Last edited: 14 May 2017 18:02:51

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 17:30

Looks good to me WillDB, like your wall as well

Potted on some seedlings today, tagetes, lavatera and nemesia carnival (getting a third year out that free packet) some of them are a bit floppy now, very warm in the porch where they live. Sat them outside in the shade, reckon they'll be okay when it cools. Also sowed more cosmos, just in case I need space fillers. 

Fed and watered some dying-back bulbs, weeded some dandelions out the lawn. I like the idea of having them there but they look deformed from mowing, I'd rather have a tall, proud 'lion in the border than a twisty, mean one in the grass.

Admired my bees, carried out an allium, eremurus and camassia head count (very excited for summer) and ordered some cheerful new daffs.

Oh, also saw the first starling youth of 2017...good stuff

Rain and Water butts

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 16:45


I'm on butt 3 of 5 already and I don't really water anything☹️ Bird bath butt is nearly empty as well☹️ 

It was supposed to rain today but actually was just even hotter and windier☹️



Posted: 14/05/2017 at 13:21

Foxgloves never grow for me from bought seed and won't grow where I want them to if I distribute the fresh seed. It looks like they've settled into my sunniest and most civilised border now and I've pretty much conceded it

I have woundwort in the dry shady parts of the garden, next to my neighbours conifer hedge and admittedly it does come up everywhere else as well but it pulls up quite easily Bees love it as you say, it gets mildewy after flowering in the dry areas but I just rip it up and it starts again.


Posted: 14/05/2017 at 11:56

Does it smell a bit funky, Soulboy?

It looks to me a bit like hedge woundwort...

New pond

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 18:07

Looking really good GD, well done

Maybe you'll get a nice display of bats swooping over your pond on an evening hoovering up insects attracted to the water.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 16:16

Just caught up with this thread, I'm sorry to hear about Michael mpc, he seemed like a nice fair-minded man and I will miss his posts.

I haven't been doing much lately, not much to do in a garden of mostly perennials🤔

Today I watered all the roses, not just the cry-baby weakling ones, also all the clems. Found my last 'missing' plant today, clematis skyfall, it had a bad year last year as I planted it near a big sweaty plant which the snugs lived under and as a result it was kept chewed down to about 2" Reckon it'll be okay if I don't chop it too low in future years. Deadheaded the penultimate lot of daffs and rescued a helenium, the second one this year, from dryness. 

Need to do a seedling audit, see if I've got enough bedding stuff, although I'm going to do away with some containers as I can't be bothered to water all the time

Might have a glass of fizzy wine outside now to reward all my hard work(!)

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