What Jobs Are We Doing In The Garden Today 2020

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  1. Sian in Belgium

    Sian in Belgium Total Gardener

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    Glad that you are pleased with your brazier! I’m looking forward to an evening next to ours, when I get back to Belgium...

    We need recipes!!

     
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    • Sian in Belgium

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      I’m currently in the UK, waiting for mum to come out of hospital. (She should have been home since Wednesday, but the carer agency messed up...)
      I’m kicking my heels a little, as I fill my time before the next discharge date of Monday.

      A couple of days ago I cleared the weeds from under the rotary clothes line, and pulled out the spent everlasting pea stems. Ouch! A piece of one of last year’s stems went deep into my thumb. Has any one else experienced this? How long before it works it’s way out?

      Today I sat next to a couple of lavender bushes that are growing out of the gravel path. I cut the spent flowers back on the younger one, and cut as far back as I dared on the larger one, as it was starting to block the path! The flower stems were cut off the prunings, and bundled up - they are now in the entrance to the drive with a “FREE!” sign - I hope at least some will go, so they don’t have to be thrown on the compost heap!

      Edited to say: the lavender bunches are proving very popular! Probably about 20-25 bunches gone so far, and people seem delighted! I can see them walking on down the road, sniffing the bundle as they go. I hope it spreads a little happiness and calm - what more could we as gardeners wish for?
       
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      • Selleri

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        I follow the weather forecast closely so had the great foresight to take Friday off... what a scorcher! Spent the day in the garden doing all kinds of enjoyable jobs, went for a long walk in the woods and barbequed anything a grill can hold. British summer is lovely, even if it comes in one day bursts. :SUNsmile:

        A disaster struck us last week, we ran out of dill. Combined with the bucket- tatty harvest season at it's height (a slight overstatement there, we'll get a third meal still I hope), I had to buy some. So today I sowed all the remaining seeds in hope to get something around September- October.

        Put in stakes for Dahlias and Gladioli. Sadly, I'm totally out of stock of stakes so am just hoping that the heavier blooms take turns in flowering. Gone are the days when I could just pop into Wilkos to buy a handful of bamboo canes for a pound or so. Nobody stocks canes at the moment, apart from online sellers who offer a bunch for nearly £50 :sad: Are bamboo stakes the new toilet paper?

        The lawns are cut, brambley and ivy in the wild corner battled with, everything deadheaded, blood-fish-and-boned and watered and it's a nice Saturday night. Life is good :)
         
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        • Logan

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          Oh dear @Sian in Belgium I'd go to A&E they'll know how to get it out, so it won't turn bad.
           
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            I never leave anything like that in any of my fingers or thumbs, Sian, in case of infection:dunno: I usually use a sharp scalpel:hate-shocked: to get it out and then soak the wound in TCP and then put Savlon on just to make sure. I've left thorns etc in my hands before and paid the price of the pain and problems infections can give you, so I wouldn't leave it in to "work itself out" as sometimes they never do.:wallbanging::gaah::cat-kittyandsmiley::coffee:
             
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              I never had the, hemm, pleasure with peas' stems. But, based on my experience with various large splinters, thorns, sea hurchins and fish spines, and whatnot, they do not necessarily come out. Dependently on the material and size, the body will manage to break them apart and absorb them.

              However Logan is right that it might be worth having it checked. Particularly if it hurts or feels warm to the touch, or if your last tetanus shot was not very recent.
               
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                I gave all plants one round of water and one of molasses, which took 150 litres and 2 hours..
                But anyway, they needed it I think.
                 
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                  WOW!
                   
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                    I use a cutthroat razor. If you can catch the edge of the thing that is embedded you can, with a light hand, let the blade cut part way into it and then pull/lever it out. Used to use that method to remove embedded hairs and splinters. It just takes a very sharp razor and a steady hand. Dead easy :blue thumb: :heehee:
                     
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                      @Victoria thank you for the link to that seller! He has some interesting heirloom tomato varieties that I will note for next year. Unfortunately he claims the hibiscus is an annual, and I don't think our summers are hot or long enough for a big plant like hibiscus to get somewhere.
                       
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                        Another wet day well morning / dinner but brightened up this afternoon . I dug up one of the Hellebores and divided it , I replanted some back into the garden and will probably give the rest away . I put one of my new hellebore in its place a apricot variety I bought earlier this year. Mowed the lawn and some watering in the GH and deadhead one of the roses , I really need to give the roses a fed its been on my to do list for weeks I'll make sure I 'll do it tomorrow.
                         
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                          You can get Apricots on Hostas??:dunno::whistle::heehee:
                           
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                            Not sure about Hostas :heehee: but ye you can get Apricot flowers on Hellebores :pathd:
                             
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                              Just seein' if I could slide that one past you:dunno::whistle::heehee::heehee::loll:
                               
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                                Up early, did Carol's tea in bed then out watering the garden. Garden finished, now thinking about what to do for Sunday Lunch/Dinner....... Oh, turned on the hot tub heater too!
                                 
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