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May In Your Garden

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 15:55

I will be exploring further tomorrow when I recover from my aches and pains. The soil hasn't been dug in that area for more than a decade, so I'm in for some serious exercise. 

If I can save part or parts of it I will certainly will! The outside edges are still living but its sheer size might make division problematic.

Its huge and acts as a privacy screen for our little sun spot, so the neighbours can't see me sunbathing. Hubby has already volunteered to build some trellis and an arbour to sit in the same corner so I might end up with the same quality of privacy,a new vista and a baby Pampas that I can watch from my kitchen window through the winter. That would be a great ending to this story, especially since I seem to be making enormous holes in my garden sudden when I had done so much autumn planting to fill those gaps.

Oh well, the joys of having a large garden

May In Your Garden

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 15:30

Oh gorgeous Kate!

Sorry about hogging the sun all day, it's been perfect gardening weather and I've just come in from a whole day's digging. All the raspberry roots appear to be gone from my sun border but I discovered a new problem.

My very mature Pampas grass is rotten to the core! I have to admit to being a little lazy about the management of this beast over the years, it just kept growing and I left it to take up a good few feet because although its base is ugly, I always adore its gorgeous plumes that I watch from my kitchen window all winter long. I know its spring because the birds strip the plumes clean for their nests

Now, what to do about it...I started digging around in the centre and the whole thing is falling apart with rot (amazing compost!) so its coming me...all alone...oh dear. I may be some time.

So, my 19ft full sun border that incorporated a huge pampas grass at one end will end up an even bigger border to plant up. But what a brilliant spot to build an arbor with climbers.

Oh my, it might take about three or four years to establish but a long term project that will end very well.

I will sorely miss those giant feathery plumes though.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 12:17

Blue skies in Kent, ground is sopping wet ofc.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 12:15

Poor Geoff and his chickens! Am crossing fingers for their comfort and safety asap.

Poured all night but bright and dare I say sunny today. Been digging over the Full Sun border this morning, its a quagmire and will need several digs to get all the raspberry roots out the ground, but keeps me out of trouble

April in Your Garden

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 23:36

Yipee! It's about to be May!

Using a stump Grinder

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 22:13

The Laural will sprout from the stump, they are feisty creatures. I pruned the lower branches away to give mine more of a tree form but it does mean that I have to rub off the new shoots every spring/autumn, but I don't mind. I have one at 30ft tall and a self seeded baby that I clipped into a standard,at about three and a half foot tall so far. Obviously the parent plant grows much larger shoots than it's off spring.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 21:21

Good work Eddie J! Do you get chained up at night to force you to rest? Seems like you never stop!

April in Your Garden

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 18:37

Oh dear Kate, I have to admit, I find these occasionally in my garden but had no idea they actually ate things!

 Saying that, one of my jobs today was squashing about 50 vine weevil larvae in two pots. Obviously I'm a little bit dumb about pests.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 18:19

Great photos Hyppybyker!

I've had my clump for a few years but last year was its best flowering. It's been moved a couple of times and is now shallow planted over a Clematis in full sun Left in picture) which is heaven for it. It's taken a good decade to get -7 flower spikes on it but then it has been moved twice and probably neglected as well. One year the slugs ate all the flowers while they were tiny green cones at the base, so now I always sprinkle pellets inside the rosettes of thin leaves. I tell you, those slugs are crafty devils.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 17:03
sotongeoff wrote (see)

Damp.cold,slugs,snails,caterpillars,rats and memory loss

Second that, especially the memory loss. The amount of Delphiniums, Geums and Canpanulas I've lost track of over the years could fill a small garden.

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