What Jobs Are We Doing In The Garden Today 2020

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  1. Upsydaisy

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    :biggrin: With you on labelling bulbs, tubers etc @Selleri ...it always ends up a case of 'pot luck' with me and every year I have the same good intentions!!:whistle:

    So love Dahlias, ours have been ( and still are !) absolutely stunning this year.....and I took a chance and left them in situ last winter. What do you do with yours during winter?
     
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    • Selleri

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      Labelling things is not my strongest points... or if I do, I leave the labels in place for years, regardless what seedlings I grow in that pot that year. So this spring my Cosmos were proudly camouflaged as "Blue Cereus cactus" etc. :heehee:

      The Dahlia bulbs are put in paper bags (theoretically) labelled as Pink or White, then placed in a cardboard box filled with those puffy things you get when buying something fragile online, and put to sleep in the garage carefully avoiding the spot where the roof leaks. Then in spring they are planted in pots (also colour coded), and when it's warm enough, in ground. Again, theoretically, the pink ones contrast nicely my white roses, and the white ones lighten the bed of pink hydrangeas. :redface:

      Leaving Dahlias in for the winter doesn't really work up here. Firstly, they are very slow to get going, pot forced give a month or so longer flowering period. That is, if the slugs leave anything at all to flower- they love young Dahlia shoots.

      Not labelling things combined with advancing years gives great surprises when suddenly you find 30 tulips in a pot you thought was just leftover compost tucked in the tatty corner. :biggrin:
       
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        Oh you sound exactly like me @Selleri ,I have plants growing 'undercover and with fake identities ' too.!!!:lunapic 130165696578242 5:


        I took a chance last year and left the Dahlias in place as I'm so hopeless at storing them , need to move a couple this year so may try again with them......wish me luck!!:dbgrtmb:
         
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          Inability to label anything definitely creates interest in everyday life. I'm an avid freezer so freeze any surplus, things like half a grated celeriac or cabbage... that both have an uncanny resemblance to grated cheese when frozen. Yesterday I stood with a box of frozen something, clearly labelled (by The Teenager who is into that kind of things) "double cream". The contents looked very much like Bolognese sauce so I decided not to risk the cake. :heehee:

          Sorry for off topic and good luck with your Dahlias Upsy!
           
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            I've spent from mid morning until just now in the garden, apart from trips into the House to make Pots of Tea to keep me going. The weather has been dry and you could feel the warmth of the Sun on your hands and back so not a bad day. It's been a "catch up with jobs" day with a lot of the little jobs that always need doing to tidy up and keep things in the garden in check.
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            The Leucanthemum "Kings Crest" has been really good this year and only needs an occasional
            dead heading to keep new flower buds growing.
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            You can tell Autumn is here and that Winter will be showing it's face soon but, hopefully, it will be a mild Winter like it has been for the past few years.
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            I'll leave the Clematis/Rose/Honeysuckle alone until early Spring before I start pruning.
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            The East side of the Patio is starting to look a little crowded while I put newly arrived Leucanthemum, Echinacea, Hollyhock, Alliums, etc, that I've potted on, to overwinter in front of the Bearded Iris bench.
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            A small job that I wanted to do was place white gravel on the compost of the Acer "Shin-Deshojo"

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            Which I did:hapydancsmil:
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              I've been in the garden all day and it's been lovely. :hapfeet: Frost on the grass this morning soon dried out so I could mow in the afternoon. Tidied the back garden and fed what was left of the flowering plants. Cleaned lots of pots and put them away. I still have lots flowering in the front garden so just tidied them up and it's a waiting game now before I have to lift a few. :th scifD36:
              Trip to the GC tomorrow hopefully
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                Mr Snorky and I spent the day up on the lotty again, cleared two of the big beds enough so we could dig out a new bed shape and also laid some weed suppressant fleece and relaid stones. Took us all day. Thank god Mr Snorky is good at digging (he is used to building mountain biking trails and jumps etc).
                 
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                  Last of the elephant and normal garlic planted out. Treeferns got a last feed of seaweed. Still pushing out new fronds. Theyve got a surprise coming soon :snowing:
                   
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                    Good morningI have just cut the lawn(strimmer) it was very wet and now I have green legs:heehee:new fence panel to put up it will be here tomorrow,the neighbours tree has grown in to the panel and pushed it outwards,so I shall have to cut the tree down:smile:

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                      Cut back some of the Japanese anemones that have finished flowering and dug some of the roots up to make room for some tulips, filled the grey bin and now there's bags around it for when it will be emptied.
                       
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                        Raining today but did a bit yesterday in the garden for a change but not as much as I wanted, its just not quite ready yet to get stuck in cutting things back and moving plants I've still got to many plants in flower. I did dig up Astrantia Roma and divided it , re planted two large clumps and got 12 new plantsupload_2020-10-12_21-45-43.gif . Took the cucumber plant down and some tomato plants and moved the eucomis pots in the GH to start drying . Planted my orange monach crocus, also hebe and a primula got planted out trying to make my plant hoard get smaller felt a bit guilty after adding 12 more plants to it :heehee:.

                        Looking busy the Iris section @ARMANDII :blue thumb:
                         
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                          That could go the way the Alliums did, Perki:dunno::whistle::heehee::loll:
                           
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                            Good morning all my friends my fence panels have arrived which I shall put up sometime today,they are heavier than usual due to the incessant heavy rain ,but when my Tesco's delivery has been I shall soldier on:smile:

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                              Good morning all, I hope we are all well.:love30::thumbsup:

                              William, don't poop yourself out with that heavy panel.:nonofinger:
                               
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                                We've not been doing too much out there apart from tidying up, cutting back (lots of Hydrangea Annabelle to cut back) and I've been doing a lot of pressure hosing. Picking apples is now taking time as I've taken all the low ones and have started on picking with the apple picker.
                                 
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