What Jobs Are We Doing In The Garden Today 2020

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  1. Logan

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    Planted out some of the snapdragons but the ground is so dry I had to put a lot of water on them. Had to water all the hellebores they started wilting and all the rhubarb.
     
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      I visited the Local Plant Nursery on the first day they were allowed to open and picked up some sacks of sand and potting grit for some future potting on work. They were also selling Alpine plants and Primrose plants that were old stock at a £1 a pot so I had a few of them.
      I have about 3 shallow clay pots so I planted up two of them.....
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      But I wasn't happy with them lying on the Patio floor level as I thought they needed to be higher so they could catch the eye and be looked at more easily. So, I took a visit to the local Reclamation Centre for the second time in a fortnight to see if they had any pedestals that could raise the clay pots higher.
      So I had some something like this in mind which you can get new for around £50
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      Anyway. they had two at the Reclamation Centre but, after some humming and hawing. they were asking £300 for the pair:dunno::hate-shocked::wallbanging: So, when they refused to come down in price, I politely thanked them and left. I went again,in hope, to the nearby Plant Nursery but they had nothing to offer. But I did spot a Rhubarb Forcing Pot and thought that I could place one of the Alpine clay pots on that to raise it higher. I did ask a member of Staff if they had another but the Lady said they'd only got the one and had had that for a long time without selling it. We had a talk and she suggested, once she knew what I wanted to do with the clay pots, that I think about getting a large tall pot, turn it upside down, and try that. So, I found exactly that and went Home with them in the boot of the car for the price of £74, and they look like this........
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      It's not their final place but they can stay there until I can sort out the Patio which is a bit "busy" at the moment.
       
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        When you know what you are doing, lots of things feel easy, I guess :)
         
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          We are having another of what BBC weather calls "Gentle Breeze".
          This tipically involves my rubbish bins springing legs and damage to the plants, now that they are still small.
          One freshly planted courgette ended up with a broken stem, which is a pity because it was doing very well and I think the companion will not be productive all alone. But I should have a spare still in its pot.

          Tomorrow it says "fresh breeze", so I will secure some other plants which are at risk.
           
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            Spent most of the day staking up more vulnerable plants and rescuing others that are suffering in this hurricane of a ' gentle breeze':sad:
             
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              Aldo, if I can do it, anyone can do it. I failed getting the Village Idiot job because I was too thick:dunno::wallbanging:
               
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                The only thing I have done today Is run around grabbing pots and tying things down whilst hurricane what ever it's called rips everything up. :help: what is interesting is that a Delphinium stem has been blown out of a clay pot onto the floor and it has no root so I'll have to have a dig in the pot and see if there's anything lurking in there. Strange as it has buds and is just about to flower. Hopefully not Mr Weevil :fingers crossed: thankfully I tried the greenhouse down too. So I'll spend the rest of the day running in and out like a woman possessed :gaah:
                 
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                  @ARMANDII you're Iris collection is truly amazing and your passion shines through in your posts and photos. Thanks for sharing them. They have raised my interest. I haven't yet looked at growing Iris and don't know much about them however watching Chelsea this week a Domino Noir was featured and it made my jaw drop :wow: ......and made me promise myself that they are definitely worth giving a go. I'm going to have a look in my gardening book later and have a look into them.
                   
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                    Hi Jasmine, thank you for your kind comments:love30: I actually have 3 Bearded Iris "Domino Noir" which I bought from Cayeux last year.:yes: They have got really strong growth and I'm keeping an eye on them in case they break the rules and flower this year as they can flower from late Spring to mid-Summer, but really I think they will flower next year. I actually bought them for the same reason as your jaw dropped........as my jaw hit the floor:hate-shocked::heehee:. This morning I found that another 3 of the unnamed Bearded Iris had flowered so I'll post the pics as soon as I'd uploaded the camera.
                     
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                      And Peonie "Bartella" produced a flower when it was only planted in a large container last year...
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                        Today I didn’t do much in the garden. I watered the veg bed, and the roses I moved yesterday (in the spitting, ineffectual rain). I also weeded the church garden beds, before going round to a friend’s house, who is about to move back to the States. She needed to find a new home for her houseplants, so I have a box and a trug full of various houseplants, waiting to be sorted out. Aloe Vera plants, an African violet, some basic house palms (the tiddler ones) a big palm - well over a metre tall! and some peperomia plants. I’ll leave them for a couple of days, before sorting them out and potting them on/merging them/propagating from them. A few I will keep, the rest I will grow on to sell to raise money for the students connected to the church. Many started their degree aiming to fund, at least in part, with bar-work, etc. They are now really struggling, and we want to do something to help....
                         
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                          Ohh, I am a few bricks short of a wall myself, all I ever achieved was out of perseverance, so I often cannot tell the difference between real smart people and the patient and dedicated..
                          Neither can plants, apparently :)
                           
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                            @ARMANDII credit where it's due :wub2: they are gorgeous.

                            unnamed ? I'm thinking this means you have created them?
                             
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                            No, I can't take the credit for that, Jasmine. I had originally a small collection of Bearded Iris but, about 3 years ago, @noisette47 in France sent me and other members some of her collection and we in return sent her other plants from our gardens. But, she had forgotten the names of the particular Iris so she tagged them by the colour that's why they're unnamed. I managed to identify one of them which is "Champagne Elegance"
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                            But there is another one which is the reverse colour of it apart from the Falls being a light blue
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                            Anyway, that sort of made me fall in love with Bearded Iris, the challenge of getting them to flower reliably, and the stunning variety of them........with "Domino Noir" being one of them.
                            But this year I'm identifying any "repeats" in the collection and then giving those, but one, away or putting them on the Compost Heap as I want a collection of individual varieties and colours. So, I've ordered another 15 from Cayeux, who kindly added " Afternoon in Rio"for free and they should arrive in late June/early July.
                            But there are about at least 6 or 7 "repeats" that will need replacing in addition to the 16 ordered. So I've got a list of candidates that might fit the bill but, knowing me, I might extend it beyond the 6 or 7 fill in's........I'll find room somewhere.:dunno::heehee:

                            "Afternoon in Rio"
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                              Planted 4 courgettes in a 120l planter. A bit too crowded perhaps, but I am runnign out of space quickly..
                              Two are courzelle and two are from californian seeds. First time growing both, and most of the soil is from last year, potting soil and perlite now mixed with blood and bones. But I only grew strawberries in it, and the planter is 40 cm deep, so probably the soil is not entirely spent.

                              Also, I cleared entirely a two metres section of our edge and put four large pots in it. I suspect the neighbours will not like it much, because they have no plants on their side and it leaves a big gap, now that the rest of the edge is growing vigorously.
                              But the new plants should fill the gap soon enough, it is the only place getting sunlight all day long. For the moment I put in a tromboncino, a bush tomato and a "surething" courgette. I might try cucamelons and cucumbers, but it could be a bit too windy for them.

                              Also, while watering the strawberries I found.. a chicken :scratch:

                              I mean, the Sainsbury, packaged, variety.. Lying just in front of my planter. I rubbed my eyes, for a second I actually considered if somebody might have lost it, it looked unreal on my lawn :D
                              But my garden is completely enclosed and far from any roads. Unless now Sainsbury delivers by catapult (lockdown and all, who knows :D ) somebody must have dropped it there.
                              Perhaps some marital dispute? He missed once again to trim the edge and, unable to give him the beef, she hurled a whole chicken at his head instead? Toddlers in lockdown who never eat their roast found a new use for their seesaw?

                              We will never know..
                               
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