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Grubbing around in the garden ... Part One

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*That’s what OH always says I’m doing when somebody rings me while I’m gardening … grubbing around indeed! He knows very little about gardening … just appreciates the effort I put in.

As yesterday was dry and sunny, with a forecast of rain today, which, surprise, surprise didn’t fall down here, I had a bit of a tidy up in the back garden.

Edged the grass first … then had to cut back a Potentilla which had decided to lean to one side … making it difficult to walk through the shrubs via the stepping stones

Pulled up some forgotten Forget-me-nots … there’s irony in that comment somewhere! Also removed the faded Daffodil and Tulip foliage and could then walk through to find this Hebe pinguifolia ‘Pagei’ which, although I like it, it doesn’t seem to grow upwards, only spreads out, bit like me then! It may need to be re-sited in the Autumn, not sure yet

Planted three Aquilegia ‘Clementine Blue’ which I grew from seed, kindly sent to me by Oddbillie last Autum

Here are some Echinops, sent to me by Bloomer as seed, yet another generous GoYer

These are the allegedly pink Verbena I bought from a GC … not my idea of Pink at all

Now this is proper Pink colour … Ranunculus and Dianthus

Finally gave the Japanese gentleman a name … as the birds sit in the tree above him and shower him he’s now called “Ooflungdung”

Godetias, grown from seed saved from last year, are planted around the new bird bath. Just need to plant something behind it to catch the falling bird seed … perhaps then I wouldn’t have the mini forest of wheat etc. growing like crazy! The Honeysuckle ‘Halliana’, which covered the trellis, has almost given up for some reason, I’ve cut it right down to a few stems, fingers crossed it will revive

Sweet Peas are climbing

Roses are rambling

Megan is munching on a piece of Catmint I tore off for her … better than rolling around in the stuff

As I emptied the prunings and dead headings in to the compost bin, I could hear really loud buzzing coming from the Escallonia ‘Donard Seedling’

There must have been about twenty Bees on it … one of which was huge compared to the rest … I assume it was the Queen Bee

The Grapevine ‘Brandt’ is thriving … up and across the pergola now … excuse the stuff on the table … it should have been taken to the garage before I took the pic … another senior moment

This raised bed is almost full now

These Pansies and Violas were planted in this pot last October … time to say goodbye to them now … but what value for money they have been

Here’s one of six half-baskets I planted up a while ago … two for the back of the house … shady wall … and four at the front where it’s sunny all day

Part Two will feature the front garden and the new pond … going off to watch ‘The Story Behind Hidcote’ which is on BBC4 (HD109) at 9pm.*

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O Shirley you made me chuckle. I love the name of your Japanese gentleman ! Brilliant. Lovely blog, the garden is looking good.

8 Jun, 2011

 

Nice blog Shirley and some lovely plants - well done.

8 Jun, 2011

 

Great blog Shirley with beautiful photographs. The half basket is a real picture. Ooflungdung - brilliant! It's nice to see that I'm not the only one getting some use out of ice-cream containers (there's at least 20 still unused in the garage!).
I must say, I do think the Godetia under the birdbath is just reaching tickle height . . . lol!

8 Jun, 2011

 

love ur blog ............. and ur garden ........... and flungdung as well lol haha

8 Jun, 2011

 

Ooflungdung haha, enjoyed reading your blog.

8 Jun, 2011

 

Lovely Shirley..so much colour there..Love your Japanese man..and his name..:o)..and I bet the poor little soul who has no hands free to protect'her'? modesty,will be glad when the Godetia has grown a bit more ! Lol.Glad the Echinops are doing well too..it really all looks great..:o)

8 Jun, 2011

 

That half basket is gorgeous Shirley, looks wonderful against the white wall. Your garden certainly appreciates all your grubbing around and as for Ooflungdung......well he looks very calm and unperturbed by all those flying objects!

8 Jun, 2011

 

Lovely humerous blog Shirley, I feel quite sorry for Ooflungdung like me I bet he`s fed up with pigeons. I love to encourage the birds but then the seeds fall on the ground and the pigeons move in - our garden looks as if somebody`s done a bad white paint job everywhere.lol. Love your escallonia - they seem to have flowered better than ever this year.

8 Jun, 2011

 

Your garden is beautful Shirley , love the Pergola with the vine and your raised bed which is brimming full of lots of different plants, would like to see a picture when they all start to flower, and your wall basket is very pretty with the Busy Lizzies, loved the new name for your Japanese Gent really put a smile on my face,thanks for sharing;0)

8 Jun, 2011

 

Firstly, glad I've brought a smile to so many of you by showing 'Ooflungdung' !

The half-baskets I do each year are a pain to make, and I do moan about it, then, a while later I'm glad I did make them. This year, the coir liners were definitely past their best so I used empty compost bags, cut up to fit, with the black side showing, obviously! Hopefully, you can't see it now.

The birds may have to exist on Peanuts before long as I can't bear the seed growing in the border!

The vine is a variety 'Brandt' was planted last year, so it's doing really well. Ornamental grapes, not worth treading them!

Thanks for reading my blog ... : o )))

8 Jun, 2011

 

Thanks for the chuckle Shirley! Great name! Your plants are looking great, especially love the ranunculus, it practically glows. We've been using peanuts too, well scrunched up for the babies, of course, I was fed up with the seedlings, but learnt the hard way a couple of years ago that when the squirrels bury the whole peanut in the border...they can and do root, so you have to wheedle those out too! Ah well, they're well worth it!!

8 Jun, 2011

 

Great blog Shirley....Talking about bees....I was walking past my spirea 'snowmound' the other day and the insect noise coming from it was unbelievable....It was a great sound...:>)

8 Jun, 2011

 

I enjoyed the tour of your garden Shirley, its all a credit to you, my hubby calls it faffing around (cheeky beggar) I think you have chosen a brill name for your oriental gent, I have the same decor on my raised bed at the bottom of the garden, luckily my little fairy is white so it doesn`t show so much but oh boy she gets splattered.
Love your basket, so pretty well worth the effort.....

8 Jun, 2011

 

Shirley,I know what you mean ,about just having bird seed now..we are the same,..remember me saying that a Jackdaw had mastered the art of clinging on to the fat ball feeders?.She has taught her two babies to do it.!
Its just awful..and have been filling them up,twice a week..the ground looks like soggy porridge..and they drop so much,that even the Blackbirds can't eat it up..I am getting a bit concerned about vermin,..Rats,to be honest..so sadly we are going back to seeds only..A shame,as the bluetits and sparrows love it too..but enough is enough...And I feel so cruel !

9 Jun, 2011

 

Lovely pics Shirley and I LOL at the name!

9 Jun, 2011

 

Great blog, I really enjoyed looking at your beautiful garden and also had to laugh along with everyone else at your Japanese friend's name :D

9 Jun, 2011

 

Great name Shirley, Lol. Your garden is looking beautiful and it looks like your 'grubbing' around works!! Like Linc. my OH calls it faffing about, cheeky beggars aren't they??

9 Jun, 2011

 

Well all I can say is, what a great Blog, Great Garden, and wonderful plants,

9 Jun, 2011

 

Great blog, and v productive grubbing around Shirley! Love the lemony Potentilla, white Escallonia, raised bed and brilliant name for your rovery Japanese broke, :)

9 Jun, 2011

 

(Lol Sheilabub! Benny used to crack me up :-)).

9 Jun, 2011

 

Libet, we have a Squirrel in the garden most days, cheeky so-and-so buried all the Monkey nuts last year so I stopped buying those!

Motty, it seems to be a good year for Bees, lots more around now than this time last year which can only be a good thing. : o ))

Faffing, Lincs? What a cheek ... lol! Glad your fairy is white, makes it less obvious wheren the birds have been around. Thanks for liking the basket.

Bloomer, I have the fat balls hanging from the arbour and the Starlings come in for those occasionally. We caught Megan up there yesterday, sniffing around following the 'bird scent' no doubt. : o ))

Annella, Craftyemma, Gmage and Yorkshire, thankyou all for liking this blog and glad 'Ooflungdung' made you smile! I really must wash him soon. : o ))

Sheila, the lemony Potentilla needs an I.D. as I have three yellow ones and not sure which is which. Planted in the days before I kept a note of names. : o (((

9 Jun, 2011

 

all looking very nice shirley.....i hate it when the phone rings when im outside with my hand sin the earth or compost... i rush in pick up the phone make it all dirty then the caller cuts off.... lol...

12 Jun, 2011

 

Lol, Holly, then if you dial 1471 you'll find the caller withheld their number . . ..

12 Jun, 2011

 

yes ..lol... i go back out and if it rings again i just ignore it till ive finished outside and got clean hands..... they always seem to ring when im potting something up and covered in compost... : O )

12 Jun, 2011

 

: o (((

12 Jun, 2011

 

I can see where your gentlemen friend got his name lol, Your garden is beautiful

15 Jun, 2011

 

Thanks, Pondlady.

15 Jun, 2011

 

Great blog, and I agree, escallonias have flowered their hearts out this year. What a picture!

23 Jun, 2011

 

Thanks, Xela. : o )

23 Jun, 2011

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