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Posted: 05/03/2015 at 16:46

 It's possible the pics wont show, I'm getting an error uploading them...or they will be the wrong way round. Its before and after shots of the Laurel pruned today. I'm hoping to keep it formally clipped from now on, with the bare stem so it pretends to be a tree

 another shot from side view.



Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 14:40



Posted: 05/03/2015 at 14:37

It's 10 degrees here and really beautiful. Proper spring (although I'm old-school and stay cautious until May)

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 14:36

I know I know

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 14:31

Perfectly positioned pottingshed?

Particularly pampered pooch?

Peripatetic plastic picnic?

Anyhow...I built one of two raised beds, made a mountain of rubbish to be taken away and pointed at several ugly shrubs that got pruned or removed by tree surgeon.


Posted: 05/03/2015 at 14:19

Dove, that reminds me of the story of my mother-in-law's funeral, when I hopped out the back door and sprained my ankle. Purple-blue-black bruises to prove it, a pair of crutches and the family-in-laws joking that she pushed me

Well...I've had a weird day really. Started off building one of two raised beds for hostas with OH doing the cutting and then showing me how to screw it all together.

At the same time that finished, I had to wait out the front for the delivery man and his lorry to show him where to go and a tree surgeon turned up in his van and started talking to me about various prunings.

Now...I had this happen once before, when a young man charged me too much to chop my Cherry tree down and left half the job unfinished, so I was on my guard, but this guy had the tools of the trade so I got him to prune my large Laurel (on my list) down to a size that will be much more manageable for me in future years. It only got so large with time and my lack of ability to saw thick bits off.

I have to say, he did a great job, but then he was after more work which I was shy about even though I do need it done but then we have a car to get rid of to replace with a new one and he was asking after it so OH did a deal for more work as the price of the car. He's coming back later to take the vehicle and tomorrow some registered people are coming with their truck to remove all the rubbish (wood, concrete, pallets) for less than half the price of a skip

So that's lots of jobs tackled, the car gone to a better home and the rubbish removed woot.

I'm too pooped to make more of the glorious day now but suffice to say, the garden job cost £65 and the truck costs £120, saving at least £130 on our estimates.

Dinner now...I'm starving!



Posted: 05/03/2015 at 09:47

Morning Forkers...

So so many jobs to do now.

1. Prune the Laurel before it is a giant again? except now that the ivy is gone from our house wall, they are looking at it to nest in, but its also the route of most of the neighbourhood cats who climb up inside and scale my fence to reach the alleyway

2. Make the pile of rubbish for the skip a) bigger and b) smaller if I tidy it up a bit?

3. Twiddle my thumbs whilst waiting for the delivery man to turn up with bark, tiles, gravel, another ton bag of stone (since Flynn's running madly round the garden has uncovered thin patches)

4. Make raised beds for most of my hostas to control slugs better away from Flynn

5. PPPs because I still have about 15 plants that need decisions made and a bit of a sore midriff today due to all that soil removing yesterday

6. Tidy?

7. Sow seeds which I still haven't done yet despite buying myself a propagator

8. Oh, just remembered, fix the trellis to fence and tie in the remaining roses that are sprawling a bit (how lovely to say something is sprawling in my garden when I've been waiting so long for things to establish)

Well, you get the idea. Too many other things to mention but OH has just said he wants to use his new cordless drill and put my hosta beds together so...I'll start there

Have a great day everyone




Posted: 04/03/2015 at 20:22

Know exactly what you mean bekkie re bindweed roots and I know it goes against established opinion fair enough but I enjoy the process too on my light soil I get great satisfaction from removing all that sneaky growth the plant does when it thinks I'm not looking 

Get a good night's sleep hun

what are you excited about?

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 19:59

I'm very excited about my alliums showing now. I pushed the boat out last autumn and they live! 


Posted: 04/03/2015 at 19:32

Nothing from mine in Kent yet

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