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New Border Finished!

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I went out early as there was only a light drizzle and dug out another dozen or so barrows of solid clay, replanted everything at ground level and added the new plants I bought yesterday. Was just finishing off when the sun came out and we had a beautiful blue sky. Its gone now, replaced with white cloud, but I did get a few pics.

I’ve a lovely sense of satisfaction to ease the pain of my poor stiff muscles! And now my garden is quite separated from the drive with access points for pedestrians and the little ride-on mower.

And I even managed to invent a new sport while I was at it….‘Overhedge Clod Lobbing’. I am the current world champion!

Much better! :)) Have a great weekend everyone :)

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that looks ace, you have been busy, love it!

30 Oct, 2015

 

Yes, thanks! Just finished tidying up and the last of the lobbing. My new red apple tree arrived too, so planted it in there as well. Off for a long hot bath now! :) Have a great weekend x

30 Oct, 2015

 

Overhedge Clod Lobbing? Is that anything like Pumpkin Chunkin? I like those little chartreuse colored shrubs you planted. They really define the planting bed- I also like using the word "chartreuse." :) Your hard work has paid off.

30 Oct, 2015

 

You must have biceps like a weight lifter! The garden looks wonderful.

30 Oct, 2015

 

this looks wonderful. glad you have only had light drizzle. Yorkshire has had heavy rain and I ended up doing paper work all day. I cant wait until I can get out and do some digging.

don't fancy a trip over to help do you. lots of clods to chuck :o)

30 Oct, 2015

 

Beautiful as usual!'

30 Oct, 2015

 

its all flourishing and looking good. I've never tried clod lobbing but have lots of practice with lighter missiles such as dandelion flowers and snails...(I know the snails come back but they might take a dislike to flying and not bother...)_

30 Oct, 2015

 

It also works well with rotten tomatoes - you just gotta get a spin on it for greater distance.

30 Oct, 2015

 

That all looks good. Not tried clod lobbing but I'm a dab hand and slug lobbing, straight into the road!

30 Oct, 2015

 

lol! We could have a whole 'Garden Olympics'! ;)

30 Oct, 2015

 

Here's a puzzle....I 'should' have strong arms, being a world champion clod lobber and all. And yet at Yoga last night I was really struggling with Plank and Table, both of which require arm strength. It's a mystery! ;)

30 Oct, 2015

 

I suggest 2 days of R&R between work outs (rest and relaxation). Your arms need time to recover.

30 Oct, 2015

 

Glad you have made curved edges to your border. It makes the whole garden more interesting.

31 Oct, 2015

 

Looks like paradise to me... well done Karen :o)

31 Oct, 2015

 

Thanks everyone. Bathgate, those 'chartreuse' plants are treeheath ...Erica arborea 'Alberts Gold' its one of the best winter plants in my view. That golden foliage shines out in winter sunshine and in summer they fade into the background and make a super foil for flowers. The only problem is they do get quite large over time. I shall keep them until they get too big, then replace them, but they will be there for a few years.

31 Oct, 2015

 

Albert's Gold most definitely......Driveside border is just what was needed......looks so good.

31 Oct, 2015

 

Clod Lobbing!!! I love it, don't think the scouts would appreciate it if I did that here although they do get the occasional snail, lol...Looking a treat in the sunshine Karen...

31 Oct, 2015

 

Karen: If you cut off a few inches from the dominant leader of 'Alberts Gold' you can maintain the desired height and cause it to fill out nicely. They only reach about 2 meters in height.

31 Oct, 2015

 

Thanks for that great tip Bathgate. Thats exactly the kind of knowledge that makes GOY so fantastic! :))

31 Oct, 2015

 

Thanks to Meadowland and Lincslass too! What a super afternoon we had today. I went out in the rain this morning and cleaned out my greenhouse (again) in my PJs (as you do) and then it cleared up and we had a gorgeous warm sunny afternoon. It will be quite a shock when the frosts finally arrive...sure to be soon now.

31 Oct, 2015

 

Hi Karen, a job well done there, but I'm sorry to tell you that clod lobbing is an old 'sport' in my garden, {or at least it was until they built all the houses and things in the fields around us, about 10 years ago now}, I must have been doing it for at least 45 years before they even thought about building, now I have to put a lot of waste into the brown recycling bin, whereas before I could bring it back into the garden after a couple of years, as compost, good old days eh, Derek.

31 Oct, 2015

 

Brilliant Derek! Shame about the buildings. :(

31 Oct, 2015

 

You have achieved such a beautiful border and what a lovely entrance it makes to your home. Hope you had some Radox Muscle Soak to add to the bath!

1 Nov, 2015

 

Chris! Lol, thats exactly what I put in my bath!

1 Nov, 2015

 

I remember when I had that sort of energy Karen...ha ha....
I will not be going into trading for the over hedge clod lobbing!!
Although, Iam very good at over wall snail slinging!!
But, after 8 days consecutively playing wizard cello, I don't think I could even sling a slug at the moment!!

2 Nov, 2015

 

Lol. Rest up Paul..it will soon be apple pruning time!

2 Nov, 2015

 

Only a couple customers left with apple and pear trees!!

2 Nov, 2015

 

Nip up here and do mine then.... ;)

2 Nov, 2015

 

Ha ha...ok, drive to Scotland and then charge you £11.50 an hour for the work.....I never was a very good businessman! I remember one of my customers when I first started 11yrs ago, telling me I'd never make my fortune(but, that wasn't ever the idea really)

3 Nov, 2015

 

I have similar problem Paul. That's partly why I gave up my business! :)

3 Nov, 2015

 

That's looking wonderful now Karen ... what a lovely welcoming sight as you come and go along the drive ... well done!

3 Nov, 2015

 

Thanks Shirley :)

3 Nov, 2015

 

I agree with Shirley a welcome sight indeed, and worth all the clod lobbing, I have a diploma in rotten apple lobbing!! if ever you need one !!

3 Nov, 2015

 

I really like the effect Karen. Lots of hard work but when it works its a great feeling.

3 Nov, 2015

 

Thanks Angela and Dawn. I shall really enjoy watching the garden develop next year...and hopefully for many more years! :) Only one more big job to do this winter...prune those big apple trees!

3 Nov, 2015

 

Exciting isnt it, seeing things develop.
We never seem to get around to pruning our fruit trees. Were the apple trees there when you moved Karen?

3 Nov, 2015

 

There were five apple trees here Dawn. The two big ones right in front of the house, another big one that was in a dreadful state, which I have already tackled and seems to be recovering well, a dwarf one which had canker, but seems to have recovered and produced a good crop this year, and a cooker, which is needing a prune, but otherwise healthy. I've added three more semi dwarfing ones and a few crabs. My most recent addition is now in this new border, but it was planted after I took the pics. Its one of the new vars. 'Redlove Era', with red flesh as well as bright red skins. I'm looking forward to tasting that one! I've also added a 'Katy' and a 'Scotch Bridget' so I have a lifetime of annual pruning to look forward to! ;)

3 Nov, 2015

 

You are going to be very busy.......I don't do tree pruning if I can help it.....OH does the roses and the vines and the Montana's........ My forte is canopy lifting, and cloud pruning lol

4 Nov, 2015

 

Oh, I love canopy lifting!

4 Nov, 2015

 

Very rewarding isn't it, amazing how many more plants one can squeeze under. 👏👏👏👏😵

5 Nov, 2015

 

Lol! We are so alike as gardeners Angela!

5 Nov, 2015

 

Whoo Karen, you're going to have lots of fruit! They all sound great.
Im not a fan of pruning either and clearing up after, even less.
Canopy lifting! Sounds like a good plan - shrubs I presume?

5 Nov, 2015

 

Oh, just whatever I can get underneath to plant more treaures Dawn! Last thing was the variegated Myrtle, which is now a sort of 'cloud pruning' experiment. I particularly like to lift the canopy of small trees, Mahonias, and evergreen shrubs and conifers. I think it's a most useful thing to do when you have a fenced boundary, it allows in more light to the ground while maintaining the privacy allowed by the height of the shrubs and trees. As for the apples...I still have dreams of making Cider one day!

5 Nov, 2015

 

Wow scrumpy, nice.
Thanks for that Karen, canopy raising, I must have a go :-)

5 Nov, 2015

 

Hadn't heard of canopy lifting or cloud pruning before!
Karen, surely you didn't lob all dozen barrows of clay into the farmers field?
I see you've got rid of a bit more grass with the wavy new edge, funny enough it's just what I've been doing to a border when the rain stops, not quite as deep as yours tho. You won't be able to see the cars soon.

6 Nov, 2015

 

Yes I did GF. Not on to his crop you'll be pleased to hear, but he is very happy to have all my gardening rubbish. It only adds to the field and feeds the hedge!

6 Nov, 2015

 

That's a very handy arrangement, we have to take trips to the dump almost every other week but is mostly couch, bindweed, ground elder & brambles that I wouldn't want growing back again.

7 Nov, 2015

 

Lol...GF..I had always thought your 'thumbnail' profile pic was a bunch of carrots!! Now I can see its a literal 'greenfinger/s' ...should have gone to specsavers! ;)

7 Nov, 2015

 

Oh ... thanks for that, Karen! Never had my fingers described as a bunch of carrots before .... I do have quite long fingers tho .....

7 Nov, 2015

 

Lol...sorry! ;)

7 Nov, 2015

 

Could have been worse, you could have said salsify, lol.

7 Nov, 2015

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