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Latest posts by Wintersong

red robin bush

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 16:13

It's not the right time of year to move a shrub, but if you have to, you should try to move as much of the root ball as possible. Afterwards, prune it back quite hard to lessen the stress of moving and water it every day! It should recover in time

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 15:09

Mostly sunny and dry n Kent. Reasonably warm, lovely day to get things done.

Filling a raised bed

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 15:07

The first, not the second. It will give your plants everything they need and regulate water retention much better.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 15:00

It's been sunny all day and I started gardening early morning, watching the black bird forage for his chicks and the curious amount of wasps using my huge Laurel bush as the local supermarket.

Beneath the Laurel, I am still finishing off my main shade border, planting some Alchemilla Mollis seedlings along the back of the raised bed and having some nice gaps for a few more ferns -as and when- as well as something else, possibly medium sized shrubby that could sit nicely in a North facing corner (any suggestions?)

Afterwards, I sorted another compost bin, adding three bags of horse manure to it and giving it a damn good stir. I can't wait to see this mature in the spring. I get so excited about poo

Hubby came out to join me and together we finished laying the step he built me the other day, adding border edging and generally sweeping up the debris.  I know its not as luxurious as some gardens, we've used basic materials hanging around the garden, but it looks great and its a proper working step, honest

I have a small pile of household rubbish that I need to tip when I can arrange transport which would open up another six by ten foot space in my existing veg plot either for another bed next year or perhaps some planting, since the area is rather barren.

I haven't planted down this end for many many years after some beloved shrubs got smothered by weeds that I just couldn't control. My lovely Juniperus died and In the end we double dug the entire area and put in retaining walls to level it properly before thinking about the fuzzy stuff of planting. 

After lunch, I trimmed my variegated Cedar into something close to topiary. It's quite easy really just so long as you keep checking how much green you can chop into without leaving horrible brown patches. I'm gaining confidence in Topiary, although I certainly need more practice, the shape resembling something more pokemon than stately.

11 - 05 - 2012 Programme

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 12:07

I liked it very much. More this year, than the previous Malvern shows.

Why Miss Bateman?

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 12:03

Oh how lovely!


Posted: 13/05/2012 at 07:58

Yes, you are right. I checked the Internet and learnt something I didn't know before

Would anyone know what plant this is?

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 07:27

will need a picture or description at least

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 21:42

Dry day in Kent. Not especially warm unless the sun was actually shining which wasn't often since there was an awful lot of cloud, fluffy and not so fluffy.  and a cold Northerly wind.


Posted: 12/05/2012 at 21:03

Oh you reminded me, I found a file on my desktop earlier of some close ups I took last year with the intention of painting this fine fella one day...

 He was resting on my tomato canes and I nearly got too close!

 So ofc I dashed back for my camera

 The legs in the back ground belong to hubby, who was there in a supervisory capacity. In the end I had to leave alone, as this chap or chapette's tail started to rise, which I seem to believe means I am annoyed with you. I've never been stung by a dragonfly, but I reckon it would hurt a bit.

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