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WHAT ARE WE DOING IN THE GARDEN TODAY - 2021

Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by ARMANDII, Jan 1, 2021.

  1. WeeTam

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    Went a bit nuts on the laurel hedges :rolleyespink:

    Into the pond again, 3 barrows of mud this time, kept scooping up newts too.
    Looks like wildlife and fish can live side by side afterall.
     
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    • NigelJ

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      Dug out one compost heap then tipped second heap into the vacated space and started a fresh heap. Weeded, tidied up prunings from the other week, soft bits to compost rest to shredder pile, picked raspberries and ripe gooseberries. Potted on some seedlings.
      Then watered as necessary.
      Have lost 4 out of 7 Dahlia campanulata to molluscs
       
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        We have been doing lots of cutting back and pulling up. Everything seems to have gone mad in our garden.

        Everyone popping into our garden is going off with Campanula, mainly blue and white, as it has spread through all the beds.

        We've cut back an 8ft Deutzia with another even larger one to be done today. We have also made inroads into a few of our dogwoods that have taken over two beds and were making it impossible to get to other plants.

        Feverfew has also been spreading quicker than we can pull them out so we have made a concerted effort and removed a couple of hundred of them - not difficult as they pull fairly easily.

        I have been cutting back the long runners on the blackberries as they have been attacking anyone who comes near and making it impossible to mow the grass around the beds.

        We have some lovely Leycesteria formosa in the front garden that always look magnificent but we shall need to do some judicious pruning, after flowering, as they have spread sideways a lot and are also 10ft high. We planted some golden versions of it, cuttings from a friends garden, in the back garden but after five years they have only grown a pale green colour with rather nondescript flowers. They have spread from a 5ft section of bed to over a 20ft section and completely swamped everything under them. We shall cut these back and then get Lewis, who comes in to do our heavy work, to dig them out completely.

        Every day I go down to the bean area (about 200 plants) and help the new growth climb the canes. Some of them are now past the top of the canes and I'm training them along the woven ShineyFrames. About a dozen of them have now grown about 12ft. Lots of flowers but no beans yet on the runners. The French have some pickable ones. Courgettes and squash are now growing so I tell them how good they are.

        A lot of the rest of the time is weeding and digging out violets that are spreading quicker than I can dig them out.

        We're still selling plants for our charity and also supplying other local charities with plants for their plant sales. We've also prepared a lot of plants for a couple who are being sent round by a landscape gardener who has made new beds for their garden. He doesn't do planting :noidea:. The people get cheaper plants and the charity gets all the money :)
         
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          Yesterday removed two Echium pininana, that were finished, cut into chunks then split lengthways, result two barrowloads of stuff for compost. Note hairs are irritating and sharp.
           
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            Carried on weeding and cutting back over exuberant growth, a number of plants are currently bidding for world domination. The weather this year with a slow start, plenty of rain and then warm has led to a lot of soft growth that bends over itself or pulls the whole plant down.
            Finally actually planted a few things.
            Today plant out leeks, last few annuals and then tackle another flower bed.
            Pick currants, harvest garlic and shallots.
             
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              I've done lots of pressure washing yesterday and today and the new washer is working very well. I hope to finish by next month :old: :phew: :heehee:
               
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                Trying to stay cool:yikes:
                 
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                  Trimming a hedge takes a long time, especially if one is easily distracted type :heehee:

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                    Have planted leeks, discarded all pots of plants that passed away over the winter, also pots of seeds that haven't germinated after a couple of years, repotted a couple of things. Now taking the rest of today off apart from watering and picking raspberries.
                     
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                      Feel like jumping in the pond......melting:phew:
                       
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                        It is raining and my laundry day for clothing. So whilst the first kettle of the day was boiling for my tea, I changed into yesterday's blue jeans and crawled along the fence lines where the newly sprouted grass was too long and used hand cutters to trim. I think the grass roots aren't strong enough yet to withstand a whipper snipper. Then changed back into my jammie bottoms and threw the jeans in the wash :)

                        I did wear a hat so the rain wouldn't transform me into a Margaret Atwood lookalike !:heehee:

                        It is still raining but supposed to fizzle out mid afternoon and I am hoping to move some allium. It is a cheapie variety that only grew about 12" last year and I had planted it around the clothes drying umbrella. But the stuff grew up three times as high as last year and gets caught in the lines when the umbrella is down :doh:They are very slim so I shall plant them in a fairly tight circle or something like that. :noidea:
                         
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                          Way too hot to work in the garden, so i pulled out the sun canopy, set-up the ipad and watched the tour de franceā€¦..and also fell asleep without burning
                           
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                            Weeded the strawberry patch which for some reason the stinging nettles love; also mowed the lawn, tried out a water slide and had water pistol fights with the kids and had a cheeky cider :)
                            Just had a lime plant delivered too so need to find a pot for that
                             
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                              Early morning I did more pressure washing, early afternoon did even more and early evening even more. Both latter sessions were mainly in shady areas so none of them have joined up yet. :whistle:

                              Mid afternoon we had a couple come round to view the garden and buy plants. It was two hours of wandering around in the hot sun - but I had my trusty umbrella with me. We sold about 100 plants.

                              I'm just about to cook my weekend meals on wheels (can't do it tomorrow as we have guests) and have the aircon going full blast.
                               
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                                Potted on some cuttings ,very overdue as their roots were escaping from the bottom of their pots, also fed the tomato, strawberries blueberries and citrus plants. A tad too hot to do much more today being in the low 30's.
                                 
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