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The dreaded 'B' word . . . .

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The blog title will make sense if you read on … I had a very busy gardening weekend as OH was at an away match in Charlton … Mum was having a good day with a friend and the sun was shining.
I began with emptying 3 pots of Hostas … they’re now tucked up in plastic pots to hibernate through Winter … then I planted the pots up with a mix of Heathers, Ivies, Violas, Pansies and Osmanthus to brighten up the front porch.

There were enough plants left to fill one more pot to have near the back door

I know they don’t look much at the moment, will be better when the Pansies and Violas open up !

Then it was time to lift and divide the many Forget-me-nots, which I love in the Spring, and re-plant them around the borders. You know how it is, you look around as you’re doing one job and notice another to be done. To my disappointment, I saw the metal arch we installed last year, had broken on one side and as I’d already thought about moving the very- slow- to -climb Jasmine, I dismantled the arch down to about 4ft., not without some cursing as the screws were almost rusted in !
At this point, our lovely neighbour, 84 years young, dab hand with anything DIY, asked if I was ok and I wondered if he’d heard me curse ! No, he’d just heard the ‘clang’ of the arch as I threw it on the ground, and he’s offered to make us a sturdy wooden arch. What a star he is, I’ve heard the sound of wood-working coming from his shed today, may not be our arch, but I’m sure he won’t take too long.
Meanwhile, the Honeysuckle is still in situ, climbing up the remaining 4ft. of arch, looks ridiculous really but I’m not re-siting it.

Now, the ’ B’ word is nearly here, as I peeked at the composter which has been ‘cooking’ for nearly a year, took the lid off first and was happy to see these inside.

Then I removed the hatch and thought it’s looking like good compost

Until, I saw a white stem poking out, thought it must be a potato sprouting, as they sometimes do if they’re tiny and went in by mistake. So, I pulled, it seemed rather long, pulled some more and the white stem I saw was masses of Bindweed ! Noooo, it has come through from the other neighbours garden and had wound itself around and around the composter until it looked like a pot-bound plant ! The next hour found me shovelling out the contents, re-siting the composter , removing all the Bindweed and replacing the compost back in. Do you know what though ? I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the garden, no computer, no TV or radio, just the birds coming in for the worms. Even removing this lot of ‘B’ didn’t dampen my spirits !

Tomorrow I shall have to dig deep to remove any more of the Bindweed, if it goes under the log-pile then I’ll have a problem as I shan’t be moving that, it’s been there for about 7 years, slowly rotting away with masses of bugs in and around it.

There’s still some colour around the garden

So, if you haven’t checked your compost contents yet, take my advice and start at the bottom !

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Hi Shirley, you`ll have to forgive me for laughing but looking at your second pot photo it looks as if you`ve dropped it on somebodies foot and its bleeding.!.I do sympathise with the bindweed problem, if that was me the air would have been BBBBBBBBBlue, however , glad you enjoyed your day and must say that the garden is still giving you some lovely blooms.

18 Oct, 2010

 

an entertaining blog and lovely photos. I find pulling metre lengths of the bbbbbb stuff curiously satisfying too.

18 Oct, 2010

 

I can see you have worked really hard today Shirley,even if you didn't intend to have all that to do with your compost bin.It is a good job you checked it though,and it will have done it good to have a good turn over.I tend to do mine a few times a year,but haven't needed to empty it all.!. You will think I am mad,but when we moved house,I bagged it all up,and took it with me Lol..well it was full,and boy,did I need it.Lol:o))

18 Oct, 2010

 

WOW, Shirley you`ve had a very industrial day, I learnt a few years back not to put my bins too near my fence for the same reason, can`t really blame my neighbours as their problem corner was created long before they moved in, the roots are entangled in our Hawthorn hedge and have proved impossible to shift on both sides, I leave a gap and use a strong weedkiller between the bin and under the bottom of the fence now and so far it has worked ..
That rose is a fabulous colour and your pots will be a welcome sight when in bloom, hope you do get your new arch and wish I had a kind neighbour like you as my old arch is on a definite lean to the left,lol.........

18 Oct, 2010

 

Stroller, I see what you mean by the bleeding foot, you'll realise I'd just watered the pots!
Sbg, the Bindweed can be seen climbing through many shrubs and trees next door, it's strange though as he's out there every Sunday gardening yet seems to be blind to the 'B' stuff ! Grrr.
Bloomer, that was all done on Saturday, bit chilly at first, soon warmed up with all that shovelling ... lol ! On Sunday I gardened for Mum for a couple of hours, so I've really had my 'fix' of gardening. You took compost to a new house ? Now that's what I call dedicated ! Did it go in the removal van ? lol !
Lincs, it's horrible stuff isn't it ? I have been known to twine it up canes, then spray it, too many plants now that get in the way ! If I see any 'B' I rip it out asap ! My neighbour on the other side is a lovely man, he creates some really good wooden trivets, either carves a name or a design suited to the person. If only my OH had DIY skills ... lol !

18 Oct, 2010

 

Could you please tell me more about the honeysuckle...
Is it evergreen ?
It looks lovely from the photo ...

I hope you win the battle of the bindweed ...

19 Oct, 2010

 

Lol,Shirley,no ,my compost didn't go on the removal van,,we only moved round to the other side of the Bowling Green..we can see our old house from here,and my lovely friend had all my pots,and compost in her back garden,till we were ready to start on the garden...the also let us stay at her house for 3 weeks,as our house wasn't ready to move into,so all our stuff was in storage..and we had to move on the 23rd December..my friend was going to her daughters for christmas,so she offered us her home..now,that's what I call a friend ..amazing lady,and she is now 86,and still gardening,we love her to bits...:o))

19 Oct, 2010

 

I'm getting a compost bin shortly Shirley, so this is good info for me.
BTW. tell other half The Seagulls are the best team I've seen this season at The Valley. :o))

19 Oct, 2010

 

Tt - lonicera x brownii 'Golden Trumpet' honeysuckle was planted May 09 & first bloom was June this year. Semi-evergreen, lost a few leaves last year, grows up to 3mtr. tall, slow growing though. Hope that helps.
Littlelegs - OH says you know what you're talking about !
Bloomer - now she sounds like a wonderful friend to have

19 Oct, 2010

 

Thanks, Shirley... the lonicera flowers are lovely... :o)

19 Oct, 2010

 

Yes, they're my way of starting to have Orange in the garden ... never been known before ... lol !

19 Oct, 2010

 

glad you had a good time in th garden shirley... the weathers been good hasnt it..... i used to have loads of bindweed in my old garden... but none here.....

19 Oct, 2010

 

The weekend was great for gardening, Holly, none today though, hopefully back out there on Thursday. : o ))

19 Oct, 2010

 

Well, can you believe our neighbour has built the wooden arch for us already ! We'll need some Metposts to sink it into the ground, looks like a Saturday morning job for husband and son before they go to the match !

19 Oct, 2010

 

I'm glad you got rid of the bindweed. And that you had a nice day being busy :o)

20 Oct, 2010

 

Hywel, I dug deep today and removed even more of the stuff, no wonder it's called 'Devil's Guts' ! As it originates in next doors garden, I doubt I'll ever be free of it. Grrr !

20 Oct, 2010

 

Sounds like an ongoing problem :o(

20 Oct, 2010

 

don`t talk to me about bind weed...5 years later i`m still pulling it out!...lovely colour in your garden Shirley

21 Oct, 2010

 

Five years ... that's awful for you ! Not so much colour today after a heavy frost ... Dahlias looking very sad now ! : o (((

21 Oct, 2010

 

You had frost ? :o(( it seems to be coming early this year.

21 Oct, 2010

 

Brrr ... had to scrape the car windows at 8am ... now there is a beautiful, clear blue sky with sunshine. : o ))

21 Oct, 2010

 

Nice you have sunshine. We have showers

21 Oct, 2010

 

Get spray bottle of systemic weedkiller ST, and some cotton wool buds. Soak the buds in weedkiller and paint on to every bindweed leaf you can see. The poison will go to the root and eventually kill off the plant. Be persistent.

22 Oct, 2010

 

Tetrarch, I'm guessing you've had this problem in your garden ? It's annoying for me as the Bindweed is coming through from next door, strange really, as they enjoy gardening and are always titivating the plants at the weekend ! I can see it in a huge Bay tree and a tall Fuchsia. Grrr ! The Bindweed obviously doesn't bother them as much as it does me ... lol ! I'll try your method and see what happens. Thanks. : o ))

22 Oct, 2010

 

also dab on to broken stem, straight into the system.

22 Oct, 2010

 

Will do, thanks . : o ))

23 Oct, 2010

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