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Garden Gallery

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 10:55

Gorgeous photos thanks Yvie!

I adore hosta leaves when they first begin to unwrap and your featured Clematis is just divine!

May In Your Garden

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 10:49

@KG: I suspect the seedlings have a much greater survival rate in pavement and patio cracks because they get the perfect little environment with moisture and shade, away from pecking birds and heavy feet.

Well, I have been itching to prune back some of my shrubs after a little epiphany hit me last night. I Love foliage and the shapes plants grow into (especially those small shrubs that naturally grow compact rounded shapes) and have always wanted but never owned any box hedging/topiary. A few reasons including price, time, lack of know how and fear of ruining things have put me off over the years until now...

I realised, rather belatedly, that other species besides box can be trained and clipped into shapes and I adore pruning things...I adore those shapes and everything small leaved and sculpted, so after some research, I discovered that my garden is full of perfect substitutes for topiary. I shall practice on the larger versions over the coming seasons and take cuttings to grow new topiaries later in the summer.

I'm very excited and it seems like the perfect addition to my style. 

May In Your Garden

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 08:24

Yes. That's what I saw . You may have a gold star.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 22:34

How bizarre! I just back tracked to take another look at everyone's photos and Geoff's edited pic has undone itself!

What is going on?  When Geoff posted the edited version after my critique, I saw no change. Later, as I was reading other posts, I noticed it had changed and commented accordingly and now...its back to the original un-edited version. I am baffled.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 22:25

Nice to hear so many gardeners getting those jobs done! It's been too many rain soaked days at exactly the wrong time of the year!

My Baby Robin

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 21:31

I combed and washed my Lab twice a year on the patio and I'm not joking how much hair used to come out! That's one thing I don't miss, although I also left fluffy piles of it around for the birds. I guess you can also compost it, I never thought of that at the time.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 21:21

Lol. I want a neighbourly gardener. Am soo jealous

Bind Weed

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 20:41

I had a 100ft garden full of bindweed. Best time to spray is when its in flower, so leave it to romp and then soak the b**tard on a windless day! Repeat as needed.

I dug all mine out over the years. I'm very pernickety about weeds and I don't trust weed killers to do as good a job as I can. Saying that, the roots go deep and are very brittle. One tiny bit will sprout a new plant. You have to be extremely careful to dig out as much as you can (I have extremely light soil on a clay base) and constantly pluck new shoots until the stuff stops returning. It's not easy though, it can travel a distance in no time!

If you are serious about gardening and protective of your plants, dig it out. If you just want the quick fix, poison it.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 20:30

Oh Geoff...looks like you edited out the wall in your last pic. Do you agree with the improvement? 

April in Your Garden

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 19:11

Wow! Lovely scenery

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Ooh ooh so excited!

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