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Messy Bits!

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After a brief discussion with Steragram following her remarks on her blog “Best time of the year?”, I have decided to take the plunge and post photos of the worst parts of my garden. Or the messiest, anyway. As Steragram said, we see so much perfection on this site, so I am redressing the balance!

I know what I need to do here. Dig it out and start all over again. What I actually do is weed it around May (not got there yet) and then watch it all grow up again. There are actually some paving stones at the back.

I know what needs to be done here, as well!

Couch – ouch!

Another place which needs to go back to basics.

The only part I shall attempt to justify, because a) most of it is awaiting transport to the recycling centre and b) it is tucked away behind a big ivy screen and is not actually visible from the garden.

So there we are, folks. I may be messy, but you can’t say I don’t admit it!

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Brilliant Susanne - great idea, and thank you for making me laugh! I'm sure you've made many of us feel MUCH better :))

6 May, 2015

 

Well - I hope so, Sheila! Gardens are a work in progress, and I think we should always have something that still needs to be done, improved but never quite completed. And that is one thing I can truly claim to have achieved! 😜

6 May, 2015

 

Go Melchi! Couch grass is horrid isn't it? There's always at least one or two of natures 'thugs' muscling in on our efforts. I feel sorry for myself because I have ground Elder. But your photo reminded me of when Couch grass was my enemy...in my last garden. Lovely bluebells..i saw the first ones here today..down the road.

6 May, 2015

 

Thanks, Karen. Hybrid bluebells, I'm afraid, but I still love them. They seed all over the place. I pull them up as soon as they've flowered in an attempt to stop them seeding, but most of the bulbs survive my "weeding". I wouldn't be without them. I got rid of my ground elder by picking it every year. It was in the wild area where I really did not want to clear everything, and after a few seasons it gave up the ghost. But if course, it wasn't in the way of anything important. It would be quite nice if it wasn't such a thug. The couch grass, now, is another matter!

6 May, 2015

 

Yes, I agree. Its a pity its a thug as its very pretty foliage! I'll keeep pulling and spraying. :)

7 May, 2015

 

Melchi I'm proud of you for showing, its raining so won't be popping out for pics but as I said during that discussion I do have my areas and that does include my bottom g'house, they are work in progress places not showpieces, I'm lucky as my troublesome groundelder is at the front and comes up every year in the driveway and I also have mares tail comes through from my neighbour at the other side, in 40yrs of living here I've never managed to stop it as they cultivate the darn stuff......

7 May, 2015

 

Ground elder is amazingly resilient, and spreads under fences as well. I am fortunate that mine was confined to a small area in one corner. I love my garden, weeds and all, and I get so much pleasure from it. I don't mind the messy areas too much! I just have fun gradually taming (some of) them!

7 May, 2015

 

What I see here is a picture perfect view of life:)

8 May, 2015

 

Thank you, Loosestrife!

8 May, 2015

 

Great stuff Melchi, you beat me to it - I haven't even been outside to do mine yet. will make an effort to get on with it asap!

8 May, 2015

 

I await with bated breath, Stera!

8 May, 2015

 

Done it Melchi - it was a lot easier than taking good shots!

8 May, 2015

 

Yes, I'm afraid I found that, too!

9 May, 2015

 

You do make me laugh Mel ! I've just been looking at Lincslass's blog on the "hidden bits" also ! Our garden is not big enough to have these areas ! I just love your green house ! Hahaa! Job for a rainy day then !

11 May, 2015

 

I am somewhat ashamed of the greenhouse, Rose, but I said I'd show the worst bits, so I did!

11 May, 2015

 

Never mind Mel ! Its a rainy day job ! Hahaa!

14 May, 2015

 

Well, if I can work out where to store the garden furniture and the other bits and pieces, I might be able to reclaim the greenhouse for myself! Trouble is, I don't want to spare the space for a shed - mine in the outhouse is a converted coal bunker. Not much room there once the mower, shredder and leaf-blower + tools are stored! It's a perennial garden problem, though, isn't it? And it doesn't stress me too much! Now I've come clean, I shall never show another photo of the messy bits! Perhaps you'll all forget about them . . . 😉

15 May, 2015

 

What a great blog Melchi. Of course I would never allow anything but perfection in my garden....there are allowed, only the 'natural bits'.....lol...No one sees the grass cuttings piled high behind the large tree trunk covering the nettles that have escaped from next doors nettle farm or the junk stuffed between the back of the shed and the fence. The top lawn was covered in the junk while T was raising the roof on the shed. He took three car loads to the recycle centre. Now there's only the things that I insist might be really, really useful for something one day!!!
I love your pretty ivy. We just have the common boring ivy growing everywhere. We eventually gave up trying to stop it creeping in from next door both sides and I just chop it off as near to the boundary as I can. We've started getting a lot of sticky weed growing into the hedges now....we will never win that battle. Oh! The joys of gardening...

31 May, 2015

 

I know just what you mean, Hb, as you can see from the pictures! I have great admiration for the many beautiful gardens there are, because I know how much dedication they require. But I just love mine, and over the years it has gradually improved and matured. And I'm certainly never stuck for something to do!

I love ivy, too, though we have just had common ivy cut through that was gradually engulfing the contorted willow. I shan't allow it to get to that state again because of the sheer weight of it. I have loads of common ivy, especially down at the bottom in the wild patch. I just cut it back along the side walls. Some grows from next door to me, and some back the other way! I also have a thick screen of the large-leaved cream and green ivy. I planted it about 15 years ago in a large container with some trellis behind it to hide the bins. It does remarkably well.

31 May, 2015

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