WHAT JOBS ARE WE DOING IN THE GARDEN TODAY 2019

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  1. Upsydaisy

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    :) I think you may be in for lots of photos this year for pre pruning advice...only took over the maintenance of my Dad's garden last October and now things are suddenly sprouting in all directions...not sure if they are weeds or selected plants... if I ask my Dad he just says 'don't know, pull them up'!!! :yikes::yikes: IF my lovely Mum is looking down on us .....please forgive us ! One thing I have guaranteed my father is that there will be colour for him to sit out and enjoy.....hopefully they will hide all misdiagnosed weeds:lunapic 130165696578242 5:
     
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      Dont pull anything up that you are unsure about upsy. Your dad has prob planted quite a few gems over time prob some of sentimental value :) Once identified you can tend to them, propagate/ divide them or get rid :noidea:
      Just back from the beach and, surprise, surprise, it was dry and sunny. Set up for the day now :)
       
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        Hmmm ...thats the crux of the problem @Verdun ....my Dad was/ is a 'pond person ' he has two and my Mum was the gardener!!! She had a fabulous garden and spent every spare second in it. Hilliers even sent flowers to her funeral!
        Sadly in my younger days I wasn't 'into' gardening and regrettably didn't pay much attention or appreciate her great wealth of knowledge and skills.

        Half the garden has been taken over by ground elder...as time is of an essence now I won't be able to do much except keep pulling up as much as I can when I see it from the main borders , the rest will be ground cover!!:heehee:

        As my Dad is almost 94 I just want to give him a spring and summer of colour...albeit via additional summer bedding hiding unmentionables!! He loves to sit out in the summer and enjoy the wildlife. Sadly he lost his furry companion last August and has become extremely low , he's too old and frail now to be able to have another dog. This is the first time in his life he has been without one. He's always loved feeding the birds and watching the butterflies.... so my vision for him this year is to sit out by his ponds surrounded by wildlife enticing plants feeding his beloved birds.......that's the plan...fingers crossed I will succeed :fingers crossed:
        Ground Elder can look pretty...can't it?:lunapic 130165696578242 5:
         
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          Lovely thoughts Upsy....nice one :)
           
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            Briefly pottered around the garden and snouted into my greenhouse today. Then been round a few antique shops doing nothing garden related.
             
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              Only watered my seedlings. Then went and did a little shopping to pick up some little pots and trays appropriate for window sill herb growing. DIL is coming by tomorrow and we're going to start sowing into them to make gifts to friends.

              After sowing, I got back to work sewing and made a cushion cover. Thinking about sewing another cover for storing outdoor covers out of tarpaulins. Guess that might count as sorta garden work? ;)
               
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                I've continued clearing leaves from the pots in the nursery area, tidying up the mess in the pots, dumping the ones that no longer have anything living, clearing the leaves from around the pots, washing down the areas as I clean them and generally overdoing things!

                I can almost stand up straight :rolleyespink:. Ooh! My Back!!! :sad: :doh:
                 
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                  Morning all just potted some Lily of the valley and Bleeding heart plants and left them in the greenhouse:smile:

                  ps.I know Lily of the valley is very poisonous but I shall put it in a large container out of reach to everyone;)
                   
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                    As promised @Verdun .....I bet you thought you had escaped the ordeal!!! :lunapic 130165696578242 5:

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                    Not a good pic but it was bucketing down with rain, also found this on the ground close by. It says prune code one, which is a light tidy I think.
                    Thanks:smile:
                     

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                      Oh no!!! Sorry to hear that your back is misbehaving @shiney , take it easy now :blue thumb::)
                       
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                        While I am hijacking your attention... any advice on this, my Dad wants to get rid of it but I just think it needs a tidy up....plus I don't have the energy to attempt digging it up;)

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                        What do I do with the green battered fern thing at the bottom of the pic....cut it back right ??? A million thanks:)
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                        is it a Lilly?:noidea:
                         
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                          @Upsydaisy wow lovely garden. I think the big thing at the top is a type of phormium. You can probably cut back the battered bits... @Verdun will most likely know. As for the pond plant....I've not a clue. Sorry I'm not much help!
                           
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                            Ha ha Upsy....you didn’t forget did you?
                            I have a feeling that clematis might be a Montanna ....if so it will flower in 3 or 4 weeks or so. Prune after flowering, as hard as you like, then
                            Ok, that is a phormium.....I actually do dig them up every 3 years or so and divide them. This retains leaf colour and maintains compactness. In between, every spring, I cut off all the damaged leave so; do this right back to the base. I prefer sharp scissors for this. Pull out any dead foliage....often you will find snails in there so beware if you are nervous....their teeth are sharp:rasp: in a few weeks your phormium will look pristine again
                            That “green battered thing” looks like an arum lily to me. If so, let it be until frosts are over. Is it actually growing in a pool? I used to grow it this way, viz, in water, but it can suffer in the winter.However,,you can pull away any rotted or dead foliage around the crown....this could encourage further rotting. Perhaps not everyone’s favourite plant but I love it; it has wonderful white spathes in spring and early summer:)
                             
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                              Just pottered about tidying up bits today. Watered the seedlings in the greenhouse. Cant believe it-have got dahlia seedlings sprouting in 3 days in jiffy cells....maybe its too warm in the greenhouse!

                              Also looking at this tryphillia(?!?) in the greenhouse that I moved in to protext from frosts. Should I have trimmed it back? I split it last year as it was massive and the other half didnt survive-so havr been loathed to do anything to it this winter. Any thoughts?
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                                Thanks @Snorky85 , it was a truly lovely garden back in the day when my Mum was alive , sadly no comparison now. Thanks for naming the spikey plant for me...I hopeless at names and admire you all on here that know them and the latin versions too:star:
                                 
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