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Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: Yesterday at 17:50

Cleverly done Iamweedy 

I should have stayed in my garden today, with all my friendly plants 

Wind has dropped now but was jolly blustery earlier. I tied in my five beefy climbing roses, good doers, all brilliant plants and was tolerant of the 3 weedy also-ran climbers. Paul Noel's weediness is my own fault but the other two are on a slippery slope

Took photos of my up-coming bulbs to document spaces for more bulbs next year. The eranthis seem to have done alright in the bog, unless it wasn't as soggy as normal years.

Had to tidy up a little as it's that time of the year where it seems too early but left any longer access through the beds will be lost. Cut back the clems, loose stems and a bit of my clem alpina by accident Have nowhere to put the bits so piled it up on one of the least advanced beds. Brown bin collection isn't for another 6 weeks.

Arranged my pots of nearly-there bulbs in an artistic fashion  and made another plant order out my spring plant budget

Vic's Allotment Adventures

Posted: Yesterday at 17:24

I haven't reported it yet Joyce. I don't know how much agro it will cause...I might leave it for the weekend  so I make the right decision.

Thanks for your support, even though I suspected other plot holders had abandoned their rubbish on my plot I'm quite upset by having it confirmed...

Vic's Allotment Adventures

Posted: Yesterday at 16:57

Hi Iain and EB, many thanks for your posts I haven't decided what kind of mower to get and I think I will put any plans on hold for now due to an incident that happened today.

I found packaging for a timber delivery in the middle of the heap today and the delivery was for one of the other plot holders, one who talks to me all the time and suggested I burn the heap. This confirms to me that at least some of the rubbish belonged to him. I couldn't control myself today, I was that angry and I told him I'd found out who had flytipped the rubbish and that I was going to report it to the council and the police. I have no idea as to the character of this individual and whether I will find my plot trashed tomorrow.

In addition someone has twice now thrown broken slabs and rubble over the fence and have smashed a plastic bucket I left out. I don't want to connect my second butt now as I'm concerned it could get hit by the rubble. I thought the incident might be a one off last week but since it has happened again, it could reoccur if someone is disposing of their waste bit by bit. 

Does anyone have any advice? I'm very demoralised by this, it's one thing using my time and money to dispose of someone else's waste but I was led to believe it belonged to the previous tenant which is clearly not true.

Last edited: 25 February 2017 17:00:25

My flowers ... (2)

Posted: Yesterday at 13:53

What lovely pictures folks I've got a few oddities flowering but nothing has really got into its stride yet.

Love Vishu's pot

Joyce, what is the name of your second hellebore, the pink/yellow one? I'm in the market for a new hellebore or two but everytime I look at Ashwoods, they're out of stock... Got a seedling off one of my older hellebores flowering for the first time - it's exactly the same as its parent and I'm a bit disappointed! I already have one of those

Vic's Allotment Adventures

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 20:43

Thanks Copperdog, what a nice thing to say😊 It's a treat to know people are reading the thread and joining in😊

Vic's Allotment Adventures

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 17:34

Just 5 normally BM, this week was extra special

Took some sedum up the lotment today, to make room for new stuff in the front garden.

Think someone has flytipped broken slabs over the fence, I'm certain they weren't there before anyway, I'm going to make a crazy paved area in front of the shack and try and mend this which I found in the core of the heap today:

A stench was coming off the heap today, no doubt invigorated by the sun and I found a bag of maggots. I decided a hedgehog wouldn't be hibernating in such a rancid mess and started pulling it apart.

This is the new tip pile:

There are many 'bags for life' containing stained tissue. I have two thoughts on this, portable latrine or Jeyes fluid trap for something. Any offers? 😟

I thought I'd make a woodpile but unless I can break it up I might tip some of this too:

I pulled two trees off the heap and chucked them on the bank at the back, partly for wildlifey reasons, partly to hide the half buried junk on the bank. Somehow the heap is still nearly 5' high☹️

Last edited: 19 February 2017 17:36:52

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 16:49

Lovely this morning, sunny and warm Felt very springy.

First of the crocus have opened, bulbs appearing everywhere. 

Tidied up and swept down the side of the house, used the leaf/soil debris and emptied some pots into a few dips and holes. Manured the roses, and did a bit of planning, moved a few things. Decided the aquilegia have bored me long enough and moved them out their prime positions into some awkward areas. I think I ought to like aquilegia, but somehow I just really don't.🤔

The honeybees in my chimney have survived their second year, seen them buzzing around the chimneypot today. 

Pretty much spent my spring plant budget now, haven't ordered everything yet but I know what I'm getting and know for the most part where it is going


Posted: 19/02/2017 at 12:58

I've got this issue today on iPad. It's workable when rotated to portrait, still a big ad but it lets you scroll past without blocking content. In landscape mode the threads are scrolling behind the advert

New pond

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 10:53

Don't despair GD, you have done tonnes of work, it's a big project. It will be a very impressive feature when complete

Have fun at the GC

Country cottage garden

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 06:12

Wow, what a transformation Slum Looking good

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