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Bye bye Harry and the Daisies!

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Now, I know some of my friends on here are going to be distressed….because some of you love a New Zealand Daisy

Here they are…Celmisia Semicordata…split and potted and waiting for dispatch….

and some of you love a ‘Harry Lauder’ tree. Well, here is the old Harry Lauder after I’d been fighting with it for a good half hour in the wind! And another big clump of the Daisy for the Castle gardens…

Oh, and here’s that nasty looking grass, also split, potted up and ready for posting!

But nobody in their right mind plants a tree under a tree…do they? I mean, it’s only going to get bigger, and one or both of the trees is going to starve. Besides which, I am not a fan of the Contorted Hazel. Admittedly, it looks very pretty in winter, and the catkins are lovely, but for the rest of the year it is very dull. I like it beside a pond.

So…here we are….today’s job, carried out in a very strong wind which made my small victory even sweeter when I finally got that Hazel root out!

Before…..

And after with the addition of some lovely Euphorbias, Sedum ‘Carl’ on the left side, and Clematis ‘Warsaw Nike’ planted to grow up the tree.

Onwards and upwards! :))

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oh yes on and up. well done especially due to the weather conditions.

13 Feb, 2014

 

You are a hardy perennial Karen if you don't mind me saying! It all makes good sense to me - the way those two trees were planted was never going to work - it was the right decision to remove one now instead of trying later when they were a lot bigger. The Daisy & grass make a lovely team together, but, as you say it's onward & upwards - and it's not as if the latter are being thrown in the bin they will live on in their new homes! :))

13 Feb, 2014

 

exactly Aileen! Thanks! And thanks SBG....I'm really pleased that I managed to achieve something today. At least it's been mostly dry. Rachel and I got a bit damp on our dog walk! but it was the wind that was the real trouble! It's not calmed down yet either.

13 Feb, 2014

 

You ve done a grand job and it looks lovely now agree about two trees but I must say I do love the contorted hazel hope it settles in when you replant it.

13 Feb, 2014

 

No 3d...I'm afraid it's for the fire. I had to chop it up to get it out....sorry!

13 Feb, 2014

 

Karen you've probably thought of this already, but, you could use some of the hazel as natural plant supports, they'd disappear as the plants grew bigger :)

13 Feb, 2014

 

Isn't if funny what we like and don't, I was with you until you said "lovely euphorbias"!
no! Not for me at any price.....I'd call them a weed :0)

You are doing a great job despite the weather x

13 Feb, 2014

 

Good idea Aileen, especially as I need supports for the sedums. :) thanks Pam....it's a good job we don't all like the same things!

13 Feb, 2014

 

Thats such a shame Cottagekaren

13 Feb, 2014

 

Do you have one yourself 3d? If so, you could pop out and say soothing and reassuring things to it...it will help you feel better after the Scottish massacre! ;))

13 Feb, 2014

 

LoL Cottagekaren, I had one Cottagekaren but I gave it my son for his garden a few years ago as I could nt get to it to prune any straight branches that appeared.

13 Feb, 2014

 

Ah...never mind...it's gone to a good home then.

13 Feb, 2014

 

Certainly has where all my plants I can't cope with go, I sent a large box of house orchids to Surreylad a few years ago for his girls as my eldest daughter said when I die she will bin them , so I sent them to a really good home.

13 Feb, 2014

 

Well done Karen, looks great.

13 Feb, 2014

 

Good on you Karen, it looks good...got to ignore the weather most times, especially when the garden is calling..lol :))))

13 Feb, 2014

 

Call it Sod's Law - nice sunny afternoon here, and I had a meeting to attend. But if I planted anything today, it would have floated out again tomorrow (more heavy rain forecast). At least you've got some good work done there Karen. And I haven't forgotten what I offered in exchange for one of those daisies

13 Feb, 2014

 

:))

13 Feb, 2014

 

Snoop, what made you think it was Goats Willow? I have no idea what it is! But since you suggested that, I've looked it up, and it actually does look like that! The buds look similar.

13 Feb, 2014

 

I'm with you on this one,Karen..It looks much better without Harry..and the others..I'm not keen on contorted Hazel either....but in the right place,maybe..it definitely wasn't, in this situation..so that's another job done ! :o)

13 Feb, 2014

 

Thanks Steve...I will look out for catkins! No sign of any yet, just nice fattening buds...

13 Feb, 2014

 

Thanks Bloomer...we crossed! :)

13 Feb, 2014

 

Although I don't have one myself I do like them but as already stated we all have different ideas and likes, it was in the wrong place, it would not have been able to grow properly tucked away under the other tree, would surely have only developed correctly on one side and in your pic it looked as though it was already tilting away from the other tree, shame it was placed there really.
Its all coming along so well Karen, I haven't even started pruning my roses yet, only work I've done is the potting on in my g'house, had a nice day today but I'm trying to ward off a rotten cold which is making its way all around the family, hot lemon not working this time..

13 Feb, 2014

 

Aw, poor you Lincslass! I recommend a third of a bottle of whiskey...it won't cure you, but you won't care, and you'll sleep like a log! It is extremely effective for a sore throat though! :))

13 Feb, 2014

 

that all looks lovely, good to see you are still able to get out and do some gardening. We did have a lovely day yesterday, bright sunshine, but I was visiting friends so no gardening done for me. By the time I got back home it had started to turn cold, did have a walk around the garden though and everything is beginning to wake up again. Not much chance today though, wind rain and very dull just now. The saying of; 'a red sky in the morning' was about this morning. Just hoping it doesn't snow it will bury the snowdrops.

Keep up the good work it looks amazing. :O)

14 Feb, 2014

 

Thanks mum. We are expecting wind, snow and rain starting about 5pm today...but at the moment it is really very pleasant. They seem to be hinting at a calmer week for next week...thank goodness! I'm planning to do battle with a large shrub today, but can't start before about 1pm as I have a friend coming over this morning. It feels really good to see things starting to grow doesn't it....I noticed new buds breaking on my hypericum! and this morning I've seen shoots emerging on the alstroemeria. The little white dianthus has been flowering all winter, poor little thing! Soon it will be time for me to start buying so e herbs for my patio garden, which is going to be all about scent! I am so excited to have plenty of room to grow sweet peas this year as well! :)))

14 Feb, 2014

 

I can't wait to see that raised bed in summer Karen. Btw I still think that poor grass is attractive ;O)

14 Feb, 2014

 

Three cheers for sweetpeas! :-)

14 Feb, 2014

 

Annie, I am secretly harbouring a crush on that grass...but I will send you a bit!

Hip hip hooray Mouldy!

14 Feb, 2014

 

My goodness Karen there is no stopping you when your on a mission is there. I quite like the grass and very fond of Ephorbias too, as for Harry, I have one of my own and although he is also getting on a bit I wouldnt part with him for the world lol

14 Feb, 2014

 

Lol!! Thank you x

14 Feb, 2014

 

Gosh you do work hard Karen. I am spending an hour each day refining my tidy up. I like to do things gradually. Have you got snow now? I think things have changed tonight. We have been so lucky.

14 Feb, 2014

 

No, it has been snowing, but raining now. We have had thunder and lightening though!

14 Feb, 2014

 

Sleet yesterday...rain today.
Next update Monday. Lol.

15 Feb, 2014

 

I was wondering about using the branches for support for other plants...wouldn't they root? Then, potentially, you could have several problems? nature has her ways!

15 Feb, 2014

 

Lori, although not impossible Hazel is usually fine after a while - I've never heard Monty Don say its quick to reroot and I'm sure that's what he uses. If there are no buds or nodes below ground level then it should be ok! If it were Willow then there's every chance it would root.

15 Feb, 2014

 

That looks heaps better, love Euphorbias, can never have too many.....and the Clem is a really lovely one, so reliable....keep going gal!!

16 Feb, 2014

 

Oh I am! Today I got the remaining perennials all lifted! divided and replanted! planted my penstemon cuttings! which had all rooted beautifully! moved a Rhody and a fatsia into the back shade gardens! and bagged up all the rubbish I made yesterday. Phew!

16 Feb, 2014

 

Sterling work K, so rewarding isnt it, I love our garden but hate the house that dominates the back garden, and the neighbours massive shed that has taken us 14 years to hide, well, try and hide, can still see it, sheds the bane of my life......

16 Feb, 2014

 

It's the oil tank here DD! Not a thing of beauty!

16 Feb, 2014

 

There's more than every chance for willow to re-root, Helium. Lol.
Used to chop the branches into ten inch rods, then jam them into the ground by the thousands!
A wonderful survivor is willow. :-)

17 Feb, 2014

 

Your right Mouldy, they do re-root very easily which is great if you need lots of cuttings for screening or a living structure like a seating area - I'd really like one of those :)

17 Feb, 2014

 

Yes, willow arbours are lovely...but very high maintenance!

18 Feb, 2014

 

That'll give you something to do, Karen. ;-)

18 Feb, 2014

 

True Karen - but, since we know nowt, about nowt, then it would surely be remiss of us not to let our betters maintain it - after all..they are all knowing! Lol :)))))

18 Feb, 2014

 

I love the idea of Willow arbours & tunnels like Dawn'saunts on here.......you have lots of space now Karen!

18 Feb, 2014

 

True! I've just been sitting, swinging on my swing seat...inherited from the last owner. It's really ok here you know..not bad at all. I think I'll stay! Lol!

18 Feb, 2014

 

You'll make it an idyll, Karen...that's your nature. :-)

19 Feb, 2014

 

Ah, that's a lovely thing to say mouldy :)) People have commented in the past that I am very determined and always trying to change things for what I think is 'the better' but of course not everyone sees it that way! Some people say I am a perfectionist but that is inaccurate. I do not believe in perfection, and I am far too slapdash to be perfectionist!

19 Feb, 2014

 

You're a top banana in my books, pal! :-)

20 Feb, 2014

 

You in mine also! :))

20 Feb, 2014

 

Oi - no canoodling in the back row please! :-)

20 Feb, 2014

 

Lol! Andrew!

20 Feb, 2014

 

Mouldy's going all mushy!

20 Feb, 2014

 

Why, whatever could they be suggesting, Karen? Lol.

21 Feb, 2014

 

I know....troublemakers, the lot of them!

21 Feb, 2014

 

As if!!!!!

21 Feb, 2014

 

Hey Annie! How is you garden? Is it ridiculously wet? Or have you been lucky so far like us? I do wish spring would come along now. feb. Is tough isn't it?

21 Feb, 2014

 

My garden is normally squelchy at this time of year, very low sun so very little sun and my to-die-for soil don't help! Add to that all the rain......It will be sometime before I can walk on the bottom garden. If it's nice tomorrow I will try to do a bit out the front :o)

21 Feb, 2014

 

Good plan! I hope to get this grass to you next week some time. There are a few other things too, but I need to check some things before sending them. I'm off out now..was going to watch the curling, but the nerves won't take it today!

21 Feb, 2014

 

I have loved the Olympics!! The crazy people on skies & the curling x

21 Feb, 2014

 

It's the snowboarders that get me...and of course, the ice skaters :))

21 Feb, 2014

 

I recall the backcourt and piles of rubble being under snow about this time last year.
Now I don't dare step on the grass areas, as they're saturated. :-(

23 Feb, 2014

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