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Small rant!

18 October 2017 14:19:23

Just something that irritates me is when someone employs a leaf blower to blow every thing from their garden onto the street and leaves (pardon the pun) it there!!!

Why not pop it into a bag!  

Rant over! 

MargieD MargieD 18 October 2017 14:45:01

Can understand your annoyance Linda. But surely if they blow away leaves can they not vacuum them up instead? I've a really basic model and it does both... great as the leaves are broken down to small % of bulk and I bag them then. 

LindaB LindaB 18 October 2017 14:53:28

I have never had one but I presumed there was a model where you could vacuum them up, seems logical to me.  Do they not realise that they will just blow back in!!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 18 October 2017 15:48:00

Most of them suck AND blow. I wouldn't bother with one, to be quite honest-. You'd get a better work-out using a rake.

Scrubber Scrubber 18 October 2017 21:26:43

They are very handy clearing leaves on hard surfaces! and if the leaves are dry they work well on lawns. jacinta I get my work out carrying the tarpaulins down to the bottoms where they turn into lovely compost. I agree Linda that that behaviour is inexcusable.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 18 October 2017 22:27:28

Leaves leaves leaves! I see lots of lovely leafmould! My last years leaves were put into a builders sack and I'm delighted to see that once I take back the top few inches I have beautiful leafmould! Blower comes in very handy for blowing excess leaves out of flowerbeds but the "suck" action is fatal on gravel! I blew a hole in the collecting bag of mine a couple of years ago LOL

Jacinta D Jacinta D 19 October 2017 07:00:00

Hm, yes, you two. Good points. I keep forgetting that some people here have parks and woodlands for their gardens. LOL

PeterW PeterW 19 October 2017 16:52:30

Yes happens everywhere all the time and is quite incosiderate to blow them out on the public areas as when wet they are a hazard for walking on. But they are simple machines that suck them up or even go over a lawn with a lawnmower to minimise the amount around but some people obviously aren't bothered to do either and just blast them out of their space.

Seed heads

10 October 2017 16:58:47

I was doing a chop on certain perennials which were recommended before the winter and one was Ligularia.  But the seed heads on this Ligularia Othello were so nice I could bring myself to chop them down yet!!!

PCON PCON 10 October 2017 19:44:22

No harm at all to leave them there. Fionnuala Fallon in Sunday Independent is against cutting them off. They provide food for birds

Jacinta D Jacinta D 10 October 2017 19:57:52

I don't blame you leaving them. They're gorgeous. But you could just save SOME seeds for yourself, and leave the rest for the birds.

JoanG JoanG 10 October 2017 20:41:33

I agree Linda, they're far too nice to chop down!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 11 October 2017 09:04:03

I thing they look gorgeous and if covered with frost will look even better. 

LindaB LindaB 11 October 2017 14:18:14

Thats what I was thinking!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 11 October 2017 22:31:51

They are very pretty! My Ligularia seedheads are a very uninteresting black!!!

Jackie Jackie 13 October 2017 08:22:47

Oh don't chop them. Imagine the frost on those !! 

Echinacea - 3 plants!

02 October 2017 09:54:33

A plant that did exceptionally well for me this year were the Echinacea, I love them, they flower and flower and the bees and butterflies love them!  Oh and they look good too!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 02 October 2017 18:53:27

I love the secone one. Is it E. 'White Swan'?

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 02 October 2017 20:46:26

They are great plants for late summer. I too love the white one.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 03 October 2017 00:52:31

Among my favourites too!

Jackie Jackie 03 October 2017 08:01:13

Love these too and the white is a welcome change too 

JoanG JoanG 03 October 2017 21:49:15

All three look super Linda; I especially like the first and second. 

LindaB LindaB 04 October 2017 12:01:25

Yes the white is 'White Swan'.


Autumn Time

27 September 2017 08:21:24

Wow the leaves are falling fast and all the colours are changing. I am trying to get the last of my plants in waiting into the ground! There is always something to be done and the last two days were great to be in the garden. Think I'll give it miss today though!!!!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 27 September 2017 09:17:21

It was a gorgeous few days and that Acer is a fantastic colour. I love that black barn in the background of photo one. The leaves are falling fast, so early this year. 

LindaB LindaB 27 September 2017 10:56:01

Funny you should mention the barn Mary - some 'passers by' came went in last year and painted that barn and then came back to the owner looking for payment - he was not a happy man!  But I think it looks great and cannot even remember what it looked like before - must look back on the photos!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 27 September 2017 15:44:34

And there is a definite autumnal look to the sky in that photo too!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 27 September 2017 18:52:17

Great photos, Linda. Today was the first day I noticed the autumn leaf-fall. Horrible day, and the road is littered with fallen leaves. 

Fleurette Fleurette 28 September 2017 00:27:57

Those are marvellous plants, Linda.  What superb foliage. 

Here, the birch trees have started the leaf drop.  And of course, the Swedish whitebeam. 

Jackie Jackie 29 September 2017 08:46:48

Gorgeous photos Linda. I too love the barn and I would have been delighted with someone painting it but wanting to be paid hmmmmmm. Cheeky! But it's lovely in the background too. While out walking yesterday the place is littered with leaves.......love this time of year. 


01 September 2017 08:19:34

I love persicaria's, they just keep going and going. 

But you do have to keep check on them or they would take over!

There is such an Autumn feel to the days now which I love, I love all the seasons, they always amaze me!!!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 01 September 2017 08:41:38

I love Persicarias too. Yes, a definite change in temperature. Me no like!!!!

TerriShoos TerriShoos 01 September 2017 08:46:49

It's a lovely month, so soft and fresh. I love persicarias too, but they can be very thuggy. 

Scrubber Scrubber 01 September 2017 18:07:47

I have a tall one that doesnt mind boggy ground. Yes theres a definitely autumnal air today lovely though it was.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 02 September 2017 15:48:30

They are great plants to cover ground when you are starting a new garden, easy to divide and the flowers look good well into winter as they dry out. Like yourself, Linda, I do enjoy the change in seasons, despit all my giving out about the rain. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 03 September 2017 14:00:52

Having got drenched and frozen yesterday and feeling the effects today I'm not feeling at all charitable towards the change in the weather ..... not if we were to have an Indian Summer that would be different!

Linda - I also love the various Persicarias I have acquired but agree that some of them are terrible thugs!!!


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