What Jobs Are We Doing In The Garden Today 2019

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  1. BigC

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    Just look what I managed to find in Tong Garden Centre @Verdun it's been elusive the whole holiday and I managed to capture the devil on the last day.

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      It was time to cut the stems off some of the lychnis coronaria as they have slowed right down flowering. Got in and did some of the aqualegia stems as well, whilst I was there.

      Removed lots of sheep’s sorrel from the new bed extension, along with as many of the connecting “filaments” as I could get hold of.

      Weeded around all the fruit trees and fruit bushes, so they don’t have to struggle with any competition in this drought.

      Then had to get indoors, as it was getting hot out there!
       
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        Well done BigC...enjoy :)
         
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          Still picking a few tomatoes every day now :)
          But....pesky blackbirds!!! I thought I could pick ripe blueberries every morning and beat the birds without netting. Worked for a while but the crafty things have worked it out. Gotta laugh I guess:noidea: better sling a net over them ..the blueberries not the birds...tomorrow :)
           
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          • BigC

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            Seems a lot taller than my other variant. Never knew there were so many varieties including the yellow form Harlow Carr had everything except Lucifer..must be popular.
             
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              Just in.......dedicated or sheer cussedness??:noidea:

              Cut back hard a lavendar hedge.....around 40’ I guess. But it was damp, mizzle turning to drizzle and I should have stopped if I had any sense. Hedge trimmer and shears and an hour or two later the hedge is trimmed to a neat tight low edge around veg patch. I was reduced to a sodden state :sad:
              Plenty of flowers still on it though.....a friend wanted the flowers for her lavender bag making hobby anyway......but I find lavendar has the rest of the summer now to prepare for next year’s flowers. It has flowered now for several weeks so I’m satisfied and a job done and dusted.:)
               
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                @Verdun I envy you your lavender hedge. I don't seem to have much luck with lavender, which is a shame as I love it. Tried different varieties. The lavender in my herb bath was doing very well up until a few weeks ago, lovely silvery green leaves and beautiful purple blue flowers, bees on it. It's died :scratch::sad:. No idea why.

                I finished all my acrylic poured goods today and also a rabbit canvas, all ready to take to gift shop tomorrow. So, had an hour pottering around in garden. I have cut back all the scabious except one, in my raised bed. I was expecting to find some green growth further down but they were all brown :sad:, so have chopped them right back. I guess they have a 50/50 chance now. Weather forecast said rain so I didn't water them and rain has not happened :wallbanging:. A few spots is all that came down. Dead headed a few flowers.
                 
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                  Yesterday I watered everything. I got up this morning to find it had rained in the night. Its amazing how often that happens.

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                    Raining hard here, so much for the bbc weather app
                    I’m not going to complain as we needed it.
                     
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                      Hiya Lucius :)
                      The soil here is light free draining sandy loam, the garden is warm (sheltered wall garden) and I never water lavendar. Given those conditions lavendar thrives.

                      Potted on colocasia esculenta ......from nothing two weeks ago it has grown 40 cm. will be huge. It will clearly have to go in the ground in 3 weeks or so. Not sure if I actually like it though.....first time growing it so...:noidea:

                      It is now delightfully hot again.....if we get the rain tonight and tomorrow and it stays very warm there will be lots of new growth everywhere. :)
                       
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                        I’m having a fairly easy day. Only 3 jobs, done a small lawn cut and one small feed. The next one is at 2pm so it’s cuppa time.
                        It’s really humid out after the rain, I hate it but the rain was a welcome sight.
                         
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                          Picked Raspberries and Strawberries ,dead heading and watering and sat in the sunshine thinking about emptying my leaf mold bins and bagging it up but gave that thought a miss for today..it's too warm.:biggrin:
                           
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                            @Jack Sparrow that seems to happen to me as well with the watering :)
                             
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                              Potted some container plants into bigger pots and did a greenfly control round with houseplants. The Chinese are wrong, this is the Year of Greenfly :mad: Thankfully a quick wash with Fairy and a good rinse keeps them at bay.

                              Very optimistically I invented a new term, trans-habitatory :biggrin: It means that I decided that my variegated Vinca Minor will make a great houseplant and the accidental leftover baby of the spider plant which has been lying on the bench for a week (growing roots!) will brave the flowerbed. The Vinca is actually very attractive when seen close up so hopefully it will do well indoors. At least propagation is easy, apparently it's one of those where the preferred propagation method is to "take a cutting and turn your back for 30 seconds" :heehee:

                              My Kiwi which has nearly died several times has one more chance. I checked the pot and whilst most of the roots have died, there is some healthy looking root growth so I dumped the rotted bits and gave the remaining bits fresh compost and a place on a windowsill. We'll see. :noidea:

                              I have a difficult corner by the fence, it's in shade and the soil is not great, tending to either flood or dry to a point of cracking. Currently I have some hardy Geraniums there, but even they lean away from the fence leaving a gap. I took some cuttings of Sarococca, perhaps it will be ok there if I dig away a lot of the problem soil. I can't really think of any other plant to go there... any suggestions are very welcome!

                              Oh, and greetings from Crete... wild Echinops :wub2:

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                                Yes I planted 3 small lupins thought that there would be enough room but one got completely covered by a Japanese anemone, when I was weeding I pulled it up by mistake and put it in a pot.

                                Just an update on my wallflowers, I've got 305 the others haven't come up so that's it now for this year.

                                I potted on 23 polyanthus seedlings, couldn't do anything else because it's been raining all day.
                                :hapydancsmil:So i did my bit of housework for the day.
                                 
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