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By llew


Well, the gardens are definitely moving along now aren’t they?

Yet again, today I found new growth. Considering the state of this garden a month ago (you’ll know what I mean if you’ve looked at my before and after pics) I can’t believe how well most of my plants are doing.
Here’s a pic of my little back bed now, showing that things are indeed growing.

There are three more stems and buds on the Alium.
Two more Arabian Night dahlia’s have broke the soil.
A couple of unknown dahlias out front have popped up.
Two Lilac Time dahlias have also broke through. No sign of the Bishops yet though.
Every single Glad has come up now.
More lilies are through.
A couple more new shoots on one of the peony’s.
Lots more Crocosmia shoots too.
Geranium ’Johnson’s Blue’ is coming on in leaps and bounds.

I sprayed my roses today too. I noticed some greenfly on my Maigold the other day and as there are a couple of flower buds on it, I thought I may as well strike while the iron is hot, so all the roses were done. I’d also found the other day some of those sawing worm things curled up in some new shoots, so I nipped them off and squashed ’em flat, lol.

The beds were hoed again, so no more seedlings at the mo. A few path weeds were sprayed and I also did my front lawn. Mind you, that’s a whole other story as my question and Doc Bob’s answer will attest too, lol. :o)

So, I’ve now just finished the day by absolutely soaking the lawn to try and dilute all the stuff I’d put on earlier.

I’ve just been to Argos Online too and bought a vac and a hedgetrimmer. Next door has a hedge out front that causes me more grief than I can say. Leaves everywhere and I’ve lost half my drive as my car has to be parked further and further over to avoid scratching it to hell and they never do anything with it. So, I’m gonna chop the darned thing myself. The leaves are a nightmare to clear up too, so the vac will do that.

Out back, they have leylandi which they also do nothing with and there’s feet of them hanging over my shrub bed, so I’m gonna lop them down and back too. I know the brown twiggy bits won’t look as nice as the green, but they’re driving me mad, they’re so untidy.

So that’s it for now. No gardening tomorrow as I have my little GD again.

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you have been busy. it looks lovely and fresh growth is always encouraging.

29 Apr, 2009


Well done, it's all looking good! Good luck with the lawn, lol!

As for cutting your annoying neighbour's bits, I jolly well would do it too! Don't feel guilty about it, if it's growing into your territory, you have every right to snip it!! I only wish I could snip one side of my apple tree, coz the nasty neighbour's nick our apples, grrrrr!!

ps leaves are good for laying on your beds. The worms will pull them down and it makes for better soil for the plants! That's what I do each winter.

29 Apr, 2009


You have every right to cut back trees and hedges that infringe on your property, but you have to offer the bits you cut off to your neighbour! ;o)

29 Apr, 2009


I know, Madmum. It's a joke isn't it, lol. I doubt they'll want them and I will tell them what I'm going to do and I know they won't mind. They're not young and they're not healthy either, so although they do nothing I haven't complained to them.

CraftN, thanks for that bit about the leaves. I never thought of that. Do you put them straight on the beds then? I thought maybe store them in a black bag in the shed and let them break down a bit into leaf mould? What do you think?

29 Apr, 2009


leafmould is such a good mulch. spread it on in the autumn and the worms will do the rest. its great what they can do for the soil.

29 Apr, 2009


How do I make it though?

29 Apr, 2009


If I were you, Llew I would recruit Craftnutter to 'cut your neighbour's bits' - I don't know what your neighbour would say - ouch springs to mind.

30 Apr, 2009


collect the leaves that fall in autumn put them in black bin bags, fork holes in the bags and stand them in a cool place out of the way [mine go behind the garage] Most leaves will rot down in 6-9 months. oak take 2-3 yrs and beech anything up to 4yrs.

if you have a compost bin you can use the oldest stuff as a mulch too :o)

30 Apr, 2009


lol, Wagger.

Thanks, SBG. I'll do that then. I'm gonna trim the hedge at the weekend, so there'll be lots to start me off. :o)

30 Apr, 2009


Sorry Llew, for missing this! Now you can start your bag for leaf mould off!

Wagger, Ooooooh!!!!! Lol!

Thanks Sbg!

2 May, 2009


Oh, yes. I can, can't I?

Black bag at the ready, lol.

2 May, 2009

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