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A Muddy Day of Weeding and Hoiking Out!

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The morning was wet, so the ground was nice and soft for weed pulling this afternoon.

First job….remove a couple of barrow loads of weeds and unwanted Hostas from the area behind the raised borders.

I think I will level this ground off and put some bark chippings over it to make a cleaner walkway for cutting the hedge and weeding etc. Also added a couple of plants to the bank…Pachysandra and Escallonia ‘Red Dream’.

Next job… removed the Cistus x hybridus (white flowering evergreen shrub) from the end of this pathway and extended the white garden a little to get it in there where it should have been all along!

The Fernery was packed full…too full. Some shrubs were being crowded out, so three huge inherited Hostas came out, and the remaining plants have been spaced out to give them room to breathe. Removed another barrow load of weeds from this area too.

It’s always good to get stuck in out there, no matter what the weather. I did get a bit damp, but hey, it’s only water…..and mud! :)

And the wildflowers are starting to perform at last! :)

Happy Muddy Days everyone! :)

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Yes, a wet old day here too Karen but I managed to do a few customers' gardens as the soil is still bone dry...just the surface was wet.
Your garden certainly looks lush compared to ours!! We've had so little rain this summer.

13 Jul, 2015

 

Well, my son Mike is up from London to help me regravel the path. It was hard work....done half. We had to wear waterproof trousers and coats. Such fun!!

13 Jul, 2015

 

Fairly dry here although we do keep getting a few spots of rain, but the garden on the whole needs more water. We always seem to miss the heaviest of the rain at this time of year. When I went out this morning it was raining quite heavy 4 miles down the road but not on my garden. Good job we are quite heavy soil so it retains the moisture quite well, otherwise think all the plants would have curled up their toes.

It does make you feel good though to get out and amongst the weeds, lot growing here too. :O)

13 Jul, 2015

bjs
Bjs
 

Oliveoil
Will see if I can direct some towards you have plenty in the west of England

13 Jul, 2015

 

We don't, Brian, even though we're only a few miles down the M5 from you! The forecast was for much needed rain but we didn't get a drop yesterday. :-((

14 Jul, 2015

 

The ground here is very wet. There'll be no sitting on my turf seats for quite a while...if at all now. July is often wet in Scotland, thats why we get so p'd off if June is rubbish. After that there's little chance of any real summer. August is always very mixed and feels quite autumnal at times. It will usually come good again in September, but by then the sun strength has faded....sigh. Not a good summer for us this year. The North/South divide is growing weather-wise! If we don't get some sunshine soon, my tomatoes will not ripen. And I've put a lot of work in to those plants. I shant do it again if they don't ripen this year. Three failures is enough...I'll be making a winter garden in there!

14 Jul, 2015

 

On a more positive note...the garden is lush and green, and everything is growing really well. Flowers last longer in cooler air, and we still haven't ever seen a Lily Beetle.

14 Jul, 2015

 

Ha ha....count your blessings.......count them one by one!!

14 Jul, 2015

 

not seen anywhere near the amount of lily beetle we have had in the past, but after saying that I have given up on the lillies as they are always decimated by the darned red terrorists. On the few that are remaining there were only 13 beetles picked and squashed this year as opposed to over 100 in the last 3 years and that is each year not accumulative lol.

14 Jul, 2015

 

Karen I bet you really enjoyed your afternoon outdoors. I would go with bark chippings too, will make a lovely pathway. We have had barely any rainfall down here, dig down with a hand trowel and the soil is so dry! On a positive note, I do keep finding Ladybirds eating the Aphids. :o)

14 Jul, 2015

 

Well I do live in Wales !! and it has not stopped raining
since Sunday it eased off Sunday evening for about an hour then started again and as not stopped since yesterday it was really heavy and the river that runs though part of our town was very high and flowing very very fast ,today we have had fog over the hills and fine drizzle all day my plants are looking very droopy and sad just seen the focus and it looks a little better tomorrow .
Karen going on about the weather here in Wales forgot to day how well all your hard work in your garden as paid off its looking splendid.

14 Jul, 2015

 

Aw, thanks Kidsgran! Sounds like you've had very similar weather to us! I think we are getting brief respite tomorrow. But the night before last, my greenhouse wnt down to 6C at night! In the middle of July!

14 Jul, 2015

 

Thanks Shirley, Paul and Mum. I did more weeding today and planted my rosemary cuttings around the raised border to hide the rotting wood and make a mini hedge! I managed to root enough cuttings from my spring clippings to do all the way around! And also, my cuttings of Rambling Rose 'Perennial Blue' have all rooted!

14 Jul, 2015

 

Karen, - unwanted hosta's - didn't know there was such a thing.
Don't give up with the toms, here in E Anglia (the dry region) it has gone from bone dry to wet & mucky, hasn't stopped since Sat night just like Wales. My greenhouse toms, peppers, aubergines, pelagoniums & begonias are all just sitting there. Outside my baskets look about 6 wks behind & all flowering plants are bedraggled.
We need the sun to come back.
I'm not as hardy as you, lol.

14 Jul, 2015

 

Garden is looking good Karen, shame we ever have to weed or rake up leaves in autumn. They're my least favourite jobs. Interesting you mention North/South weather divide we have had a strange spell of weather over the last month or so, the occasional wet day that has filled all the water butts, then 5 or 6 dry sunny days. I have had to get the hosepipe out to start saving the Rhodies and Hydrangeas as we have a good, but light soil that drains well. I often look across the Dee to Snowdonia where it is dark and pouring down, while we are lucky enough to be enjoying sunshine. They say the Wirral has it's own micro-climate, difficult to forecast. Don't give up on the tomatoes, homegrown are 'the best'! Hope you get a few dry, sunny days soon.

15 Jul, 2015

 

Thanks friends! It would be good. I had to put the heating on last night. I was so cold my fingers were numb. And today I have on a vest and two woolens! And its pouring again. :(

15 Jul, 2015

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