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April in Your Garden

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 15:27

It's mostly been sunny, bright or a quick shower today so I've been landscaping a patch of land at the very, very bottom of my garden that housed my cuttings, compost bins and one large veg bed which I halved for crop rotations. Oh, and stuff that needs to go to the tip, shame on me. My excuse is that I can't drive, but I can dig.

So, I now have a total of six veg beds although the two newest ones need good soil added yet, so I will fill them by next spring with compost and manure. I also dug over half of the paths between the beds to clear the perennial weeds and smooth it all out, (it slopes slightly) and I'll finish it off in the coming week. I don't have anything to make paths yet, but I really can't stand another year of mowing the lump weedy patch. I'll sort out some paving in the autumn probably. . Anyhow, I'm a very happy bunny, hope you guys are also.


Posted: 21/04/2012 at 09:07

Alliums, I am assuming you mean the globe flowered alliums, like sunny and dry. The soil might be too heavy. Allium leaves do die back but only when the plant is flowering, mid summer-ish. I can't tell you more sorry.

I just did a very quick google search and found which looks very useful for reference.

Who else loves the humble sempervivum

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 00:12

I expanded my collecting last year because I love the shape and forms as well as the colours. I take a lot of photos up close and personal as they have a slightly alien look. The common ones do fine all year round with me, but I brought a slightly tender blue type last year that I divided in the autumn and over wintered outside in pots. I should have protected them better because the snowy weather obliterated them, but now I've discovered they are shooting anew from further down the stems, so they're not actually dead, just knocked back. whoop whoop!

spring onions

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 00:04

My spring onions grew lovely last year, but I did sow leeks last year that all grew except one. It got left over winter as a puny thing ready to be pulled out this spring, but now its started growing again!

I have no idea why this happens, I live in South-East UK

Talkback: Growing alliums

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 23:31

@naomi4: Well, if its the globe type like mine, above, they send out lush growth early spring and then the leaves die back some time in June, when the flower spikes are in full bloom or slightly after. Maybe you have an earlier variety than me because right now, mine are still leafy without flower spikes yet   Keep an eye on them.

Why Miss Bateman?

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 22:50

Miss Bateman needs to grow some thorns up her long legs, infuse her petals with venom and maybe develop an insect digesting stomach pouch bit. Well, she needs something to toughen her up! 

I took various clematis cuttings last year and whilst I can't yet identify them because the stupid ink washed off the stupid special labels  If she is among them, I may test her in another part of the garden. More buds have been ruined since I picked off all the eaten ones.

Garden Gallery

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 22:41

@Eddie J: this is inspiring stuff but also what a treat for you!

Yes its backbreaking and budget blowing but in the end, its all your doing! I started with a blank canvas, nothing but a woody lavender, sawn-off fencing and a dodgy lawn. But I had no budget and hard landscaping was a thing of dreams. I'm still missing bits and pieces since my husband is recovering from a three year illness, its also jolly difficult trying to go around mature shrubs with paving slabs or concrete haha.

Anyways, well done Eddie. I'm also a sculptor and love the newest creation.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 22:03
kate1123 wrote (see)

...he has no sense of boundaries hence all the public phonecalls and regular outings in his undies.

This is it in a nutshell Kate, as with my neighbours, its misunderstanding or choosing to ignore invisible boundaries as well as those you can see.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 21:41

@Sotongeoff: My neighbours built a large patio area and gave the rest over to their children. They much admire my garden and on the whole they are nice people but in my day, I would tell my kids off if they made too much noise. We live near old peoples homes and its just not polite behaviour in my book, but that seems to be an old fashioned attitude these days. Dogs bark constantly, music blairs out loudly and the kids scream and shout at each other whenever they are together. It's really impossible to enjoy any serene time on ones own patio/sun areas at those times, but as I said, at least I do have my garden with flowers now, no ugly eye sore next door and if I must be outside between terms, I can take the MP3 player.Its the lesser of two evils beause I would never want those weeds again.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 19:10

Ouch to the Russian Vine!

When I first moved into my house 17yrs ago, our next door neighbours did not like gardening, so it was a tip and there was no dividing fence. After a while, the tip overgrew into a jungle of brambles and bindweed, I kid not, the mountain of weeds stood taller than my 5'4 the entire length of our gardens. There was only a small trodden path to the washing line and the rest was weed.

After spending a few years trying to create a garden and constantly pushing back the bramble and bindweed, I gave up in floods of tears for about five years, until the council removed the occupants and sent in the JCB digger. They flattened the garden and installed a new family and we even got a luxurious dividing fence, so now I can grow flowers to my hearts content and whilst the neighbours garden is a huge improvement of football pitch scrub,  the only snag is a crowd of screaming kids which does wrack my nerves, but I guess you can't win it all. Gardening hours tend to co-incide with term times

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