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Cloncaw's Journal

Cloncaw's Journal

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More Room to Breathe.

13 June 2011 23:11:19
More Room to Breathe

More Room to Breathe

First job today was watering everything in the tunnel especially the potatoes and carrots couldn't believe how dry the compost was when I emptied the first potato bag yesterday, delicious new potatoes and home grown baby carrots the job was made much easier as Johnny sorted out a hose for the tap no more watering cans. Lovely day bit cool early but warmed up even with the breeze, having had no time for gardening made up for it today in the garden from 12 till 9:00pm. First job was weeding the Nw border and planted out some of my plants grown from seed also Clara's rudbeckia Cherry brandy, then after lunch weeded the NW corner removed some plants of Snow in Summer and a hosta that was sort of lost among plants, staked up lupins all knocked down by the rain, have opened up a few areas for more home grown plants. Potted up plants removed until I find a place for them, lifted out a pink astible that was hiding under a massive hosta now repotted as well, then onto the flattened lupins and self seeded poppies they were a mess lying flat, cut off dead lupin spires and staked it up then decided that the poppies were going as other plants were being smothered, sort of felt guilty about pulling them out but corner now looks better gave the Tiarella a haircut looked very under the weather looks worse now but once the new growth appears fingers crossed it'll have been the right decision. Deadheaded Sarah Bernhardt so many blooms and the one's past their best would cause the others to go soggy, removed couch grass planned in white cosmos as well as spraying roses for blackspot. Being on a roll it was on to the terrace bed after the visit to Headgardener's on Saturday I came to the conclusion that this bed was just to crowded so I decided to be ruthless and remove a lot of the Stachys, cut back Mourning Widow geranium, then further along removed another large clump of Stachys no stopping now poor old daisy was ousted from the bed as other plants were being crowded out. Lifted a large Agastache plant and replanted in more space, once the poppies stop flowering they are going to be moved to have more space. Still a lot to do and once this bed is finished it'll be on to the south bed and finally the east bed that needs major work but really needs sprayed. Visiting Headgardener's certainly brought home that plants need space to be shown to their best


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andyf7 andyf7 13 June 2011 23:25:58

thats a very busy day for you, i like the pic too, very trim and ordered. new spuds and baby carrots with plenty of butter!, beautiful.


Hosta Hosta 13 June 2011 23:38:01

Very full day Geraldine, great photos as always.


TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 14 June 2011 01:14:54

Wow! I bet you'll sleep without rocking tonight! I think we all took inspiration from Bill's lovely garden. Your photo is beautiful!


Lìga Lìga 15 June 2011 10:05:36

OMG Geraldine,can you fell you arms after all that work what you did???My hands is bit stiff from diging last couple days.


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