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You know spring is on its way when....

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 18:05



Posted: 24/02/2015 at 13:55

  Back in doors now. It's been a really lovely day, that hint of spring in the air: warm, sunny, noisy birds

So, I didn't manage everything on my list, just the middle section really.

Re-did the long raised bed in my passageway where we shall erect some nice trellis and create a very sheltered area between middle and bottom gardens. Before today, it was a dumping area with terrible soil and piles of stuff on top such as large branches, old trellis and empty garden bags.

All that's been cleared ready for the skip, plus I dug out all the buried lumps of concrete that we purposefully hid last year because my garden is just one massive pile of builder's rubbish from when they built the house and whenever I dig a new hole, more concrete comes out of it. Oh and bricks and rusty metal and wiring and a whole role of some thick rubber flooring stuff that we had to cut through by hand, layer by layer, to put the new arch in.

Anyhow, happy with it now, especially all the lovely fat  juicy worms I unearthed today and I thought that soil was poo

I'm  now so the fence work can wait until another day but that's okay, I got planting to plan



Posted: 24/02/2015 at 12:08


It's sunny and warm here. Just back from trip to DIY centre where 3 Juniperus Blue Star fell into my trolly

but I needed to buy some fabric and a big staple gun to protect the wood in the raised bed. Can't back fill it until the fabric is on, so what am I doing in doors?

Cuppa first

my japanese garden

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 12:01

Love the tea house Well done to you


Posted: 24/02/2015 at 09:07

That's a beautiful combo Verdun

Out in the garden already (coffee break) It's clear and bright and not that chilly so I'm tackling several jobs today.

  • Aim to landscape the bottom rubbish area currently full of raised veg beds. (its where my greenhouse will eventually go)
  • clearing out a second raised bed we built last year but didn't plant up. It's been my collection area for concrete and rubble I periodically find in my garden. Going to be getting a skip for all of it in a week or two
  • also need to line the bed with protection stuff (probably a trip to the DIY store for some, I think I've run out)
  • then all my soil from the raised veg beds can go in it and its ready for planting. (have no idea what yet) its a sun trap
  • Also aiming to fit some more trellis to fences for climbing roses and lines of wire along north facing fence for training pyracantha

Well, if I manage all that, I'll be sore but chuffed

Hello Everyone

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 06:56

Welcome Tracey, I love Nigel too


Posted: 24/02/2015 at 06:33

Morning forkers

Gosh it was very quiet last night on forum. We are either all worn out from the excitement of spring or too ill to lift a finger.

Get well soon BL  and other unwellions such as Dove, Hosta and recuperating Matty. Your gardens need you

Clear today the same as yesterday but there was a flippen cold wind yesterday

Designing planting schemes

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 18:35

Hi rosierradish

All good advice on here, what I would add is this:

You want a cottage garden and one thing in particular about cottage style is higgledy-piggledy. Cottage gardening is never about order and always about necessity, so every plant "should" earn its place.

Of course you can accomplish the look exactly how you want it, but don't stress too much plants try very hard to survive in the wrong places, or at least tell you that they are feeling sick.

Best times to re-arrange mistakes is spring or autumn and we all make them, even the most professional ideas can flop but I always look at the positives, if I change my mind and move something, well I'm making space for something else or at least adding goodness to the soil.

Always think of the soil not just in terms of planting (which is necessary) but in feeding it. The more love we put in, the more joy comes out of it

And if it feels like its taking too long, just try to remind yourself to enjoy the journey, if it ended too soon we'd have nothing to do now would we


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 15:13

Sounds amazing Caral

I put 20 Liatris into two seed trays to get the growing away and 5 chocolate Cosmos potted up into 1Lt pots


Posted: 23/02/2015 at 14:54

Hi everyone

Back from the gym after a tiny bit of shopping in town then had lunch whilst discussing with OH whether I need to buy a heated propagator or not. We both decided I could do without so I'll be giving this year's seeds the slow-pro treatment no guarantees though

After that, I decided to get my a*** in gear and pot up all my bags of bulbs and tubers which comprised 20 Liatris to add to my clump I have already plus the five Chocolate Cosmos (first time I've ever grown these). I had to bring the bag of soil indoors as the weather was quite turbulent outside and I don't have a greenhouse...yet. That option is agreed upon, it's just a question of when, need to landscape the bottom area first and I'm not in any hurry, besides, the one I want is rather expensive and I'd feel better if it was a combined birthday/Christmas pressie or something like that.

So, dining room table it is for now, all the pots washed and bags emptied although I'll do seeds tomorrow, I'm pooped now

Well done punkdoc for deals done on cars, Dove for spreading her luv, Yvie for wearing out the granddaughter, Clarington for managing to find a day off, (and posting super cute pics of Reggie) and everyone else for...for...for...for ...for contributing to this forum I love hearing about everyone's day

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