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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

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 16:49

@Inkadog, really stunning!

No Ladybirds

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 09:31

I caught glimpses of ladybirds quite early in the year and rescued a larvae from my bathroom floor of all places, but none recently, although the black-fly is not a problem as yet.

I have plenty of bees in my garden, especially around the large flowering shrubs such as my Photinia davidii, they go nuts for that every year, although my parent's apple tree and their neighbour's has no apples this year, which they believe is because  there were no bees to pollinate it?

As for butterflies, I've only seen the the odd one so far this year, but I'm hoping to see more with the later flowering shrubs and perennials. 

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 27/06/2012 at 15:26

Just returned from another day gardening for my parents, I moved a Clematis that my mum thought was dead, it wasn't, it's just being eaten alive, so hopefully it's new sunny location will get it flowering again.

I tidied the borders and then my mum told me that she wanted rid of her flag Iris and I could take the whole lot home, which I have to say was a task and a half! Now I have a huge bin bag full of the pieces sitting in my garden waiting for me to decide where to plant them (enough to make two established clumps if not more).

It's an ordinary yellow type, nothing fancy and whilst I would have prefered a frilly blue or purple version, yellow goes better in the colour schemes where there is spaces. Plus, a free plant is never to be sniffed at!  She wants some of my poppies and Sissyrinchium in return so it's a nice swap and I'll throw in some Alpine Phlox if my cuttings are successful.

But the best part of the day was eating fresh peas with my dad in his veg beds.  They tasted divine. Well done dad. xx

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