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Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 18:15

Almost cured - I buckled today and bought some cough medicine and sweets ready for work tomorrow 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 18:10

Hi BL, off work, but not away on holiday fortunately. I'd just about shaken off a cough/cold and then got ill again. I think it was my own fault, I went for a run on a particularly cold day and I think it just hit my lungs.


Thanks for asking - very kind of you 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 15:13

I've been off work all week and have barely been in the garden at all, unusually for me.


Did some tiresome householdly chores that have been on the to do list for sometime and I also used up a few days by being ill.


Had a few plant deliveries this week but have only planted a few. The rest are stood in their places on the soil or are in a 'pending' huddle.


Had to anti-couch a border I let get out of hand and move out some verbena b that had ended up right at the front adding to the unkempt look.


Gathered in old plant and seed labels from where they had become scattered and potted up a few clovers I think I might need for my 'lotment. Haven't heard from them since accepting the plot, wonder if they've realised I'm a fraud and had previously taken myself off the list Hope not, I've already ordered some fruit plants despite not having been given a key... Best hasty than never, I always say

......the good guys

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 11:43

Hi wakeshine, I like Claire Austin for perennials but have never ordered a peony in particular. I believe it is one of the plants she specialises in though so hope all goes well

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 20:21

Haven't really done any proper gardening this weekend...collected in some plant supports and mended a bird feeder I accidentally smashed with my torch (I was trying to knock the seeds down)


Went to recce an allotment I was unexpectedly offered. Took myself off the waiting list and am somehow now top of the list. Decided to accept it as I'm at a bit of a loose gardening end, also I'd like to experiment with further fruit growing and the garden is full to the brim.



Doesn't look at all bad to be fair, apart from that flytip toward the back.


Also made a few plant orders as a treat and ordered some seeds in the mad Friday sale.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 12:41

Whoop! Am now completely bulb free Well, all planted anyway. Planted the last crocus in the lawn mud and a bag of unexciting, grassy, tiny flowered daffs I acquired from somewhere.


Did a bit of work on the awkward little bank. Moved my persicaria Orange field in and a small red one. Never been happy with how the bank looks, last experiment was geraniums... Next year it is going to be Persicaria Island, going to buy another four that will hopefully be alright in part shade.


Planted some nettle roots I dug up yesterday. The new nettle patch is going to be next to a path to make it more manageable, surrounded by some plant support scaffolding, of course.


May peruse my plant buying lists as other than buying new plants I now have virtually nothing to do.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 19/11/2016 at 16:33

Thanks for nice words Loana and Nanny Beach and sorry for delay in response. Nanny B, Peninsula Prims is a nursery that I have used in the past. 


Nice day today despite the freezing start. Managed to get 100 daffs planted that had only just arrived due to a mix up at the bulb factory. Then dug up my old nettle patch and planted some tulips, alliums and camassia that have been sat around forever


Finally ripped the last of the summer annuals out the pots, they still look okay despite the frosts, but I still had 8 million crocus and some manky looking hyacinths to plant and decided I should just bite the bullet.


According to the tulips that had been hung up in my shed, I have trapped a mouse inside. Left a few tulips but added a bowl of food and water

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 19:40

Thanks for your nice comments Beaus Mum and GD


I want to say the prims die back🤔 Pretty certain they do...


I bought a six pack from Parkers but only because I was buying bulbs at the same time. I've also used peninsula primulas several times in the past, just they were out of stock last time I thought to look.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 14/11/2016 at 21:00

Hi GD


This is the bog area from this year. It's not really a bog, part of it is my pond and extended area of liner and the rest is waterlogged in winter, maybe because my neighbours garden is paved, but dries out in summer.




Although it looks alright here (I think) it ended up a bit mad and unmanageable so I'm in the process of making a path through it. 


I bought the drumstick prims from Parkers. I tried growing them from seed but the birds kicked the pots over. They are dying back but are decent little plants.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 15:29

Hope your pond-digging is going ok, GD, saw a pic on another thread - it looks like it'll be pretty big?


Had some bare root roses turn up on Fri so got them planted out today. Now they've arrived I was able to plant up some daffs and alliums that were waiting to go in and move another rose and a couple of other plants. Feel like I've done a satisfactory amount of work there.


Finished rejigging the bog area planting and got some new drumstick prims in the ground (hoping for different colours). Deadheaded the cosmos and identified available planting spaces - got my beady eye on a few new things

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