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February in Your Garden

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 21:48
Rambling Rose wrote (see)
 No doubt will start with secateurs and end up with a saw! Does anyone else have that problem? 


Spring is definitely arriving here in the South East. Even if we get cold weather back, the days are noticeable longer, the birds are perking up and buds are popping.

My soil is sandy, so I can dig with ease any time of year but need to feed and mulch like its going out of fashion.

Jobs today included dividing a large fern, moving the last bare root rose in the wrong place and oh yes...I found my missing Tulips in another bed. I had totally forgotten where I planted them, luckily, its pretty established and not one I usually end up treading all over in ignorance. Lets hope they look okay.

Tomorrow's jobs include taking delivery of some replacement fencing, the last of the heavy pruning...with a saw and I still need to design two beds that were a bit of a rush job last year because I have all these potted plants that need proper homes and end up saying, "oh that'll do there". Making more work in the following seasons when I decide I hate it.

So, this year's philosophy is to not stress over gaps in the borders but feel excited about eventually finding the perfect plant, how ever long it takes.



Really need some help, badly!!!!

Posted: 16/02/2013 at 10:07

Even if you get your stuff returned and it turns out to be a huge mistake, it's still an very stressful start to what should be an exciting and glorious have my sympathies but take could always be worse.

Aquiring the land is a blessing  -there's a 10yr waiting list in my area- and plants will grow without luxury, and yes you do require some essentials but other than that, I wouldn't pour money into your plot but rather your time and attention. 

Security is the number one issue for allotments across the country, for those invited or otherwise. 

February in Your Garden

Posted: 16/02/2013 at 09:35

Hi everyone, I've just bought a new pair of wellies and begun clearing the debris from the borders, trying not to get ahead of Spring in my eagerness, or tread on tulips and perennials whilst I prune back and dig out all the plants in the wrong place last year.   I took a peek at my compost too and it's looking good but wet  so more protection needed next year.

Also got some bargain plants in the half-price B&Q sale  which were extremely heavy carrying home.  Teach me to be greedy.

Joys of Spring

Posted: 15/02/2013 at 16:42

I've had the Spring feeling for about a week now. I live in South East UK where the snow melts, the winds blow and the sun shines -don't shoot me but there's no denying that the mood has lifted.

Of  course its still soggy, cold and freezing at night, no doubt the rain will come in sheets and there will never be enough time to get the garden done...but yes...walking through the park in the afternoon sun made yesterday glorious!

Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 10/09/2012 at 17:20

Gorgeous garden Lavender Lady. I also started with a blank canvas 17yrs back but lacked any plan, much to my dismay.

My garden is also 100ft long, so it's taken a wee while to get to the bottom. Every year sees improvements and if I can mimic the lustre and panache of your plants and designing, I'd consider myself blessed. Well done!

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 30/06/2012 at 09:00

 poor you!

no apples!

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 18:48

My parents apple tree is also fruitless this year after a bumper crop last year, and their neighbour's also. They are wondering if it was a lack of bees.

We are Kent by the way. No late frosts for us

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 18:17

Oh how delightful!

buried snails

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 17:46
diggingdoris wrote (see)

I bagged some up the other day and put them in the dustbin sack just before they were collected. Plenty of waste matter for them to get their teeth into up at the dump! I'm a softie at heart you see.

Well you are being kind if they can get out of the bag, otherwise its slow starvation and suffocation inside the bin liner

To be kind, I guillotine them really quick with my secateurs. Sacrebleu!

buried snails

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 16:53

Snails are both he and she, but need each other to make babies, attaching by a tube on their sides...nice ain't it

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