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Cloncaw's Journal

Cloncaw's Journal

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Another Sunday in the garden

02 August 2009 20:11:57
Lupins- raspberry red

Lupins- raspberry red

To get 2 Sundays in a row in the garden is unusual for me, no competitions at home and decided not to travel to Longford to the riding club horse trials. With sun shining I deadheaded roses got the dog sonic scarer working- I have a problem with the dogs making a little nest at the back of the flower bed on the corner of the house. Hopefully it will prevent them lying in it. It was then onto removing weeds from the gravel on the terrace, it really does need a spray job done on it but it's been so windy. Then it was a photo shot that interrrupted finishing hoeing the gravel. Red Admiral butterflies on the white budleia but by the time I got the camera out they'd moved on photo of a bee on Choc cosmos and butterfly on lavender. Connie in the meantime went swimming in the pond ducks in danger so I walked round through the wild area, few photos of natural wild flowers and also the apple trees in the orchard. Back past the kitchen garden and in to remove any weeds and see how everything doing. Pulled up some turnips for lunch and then noticed the potatoes were looking a bit sad, think they have developed the dreaded blight. Removed badly affected plants will have to find a way of disposing of them. Dug up some lots of small potatoes, will have to see what I can do to save rest otherwise I'll have to dig them up I fear. Anyone any advice. Some found their way to the pot for lunch, rest dug into the veg fridge.Afternoon spent removing self seeded plants from gravel,all planted up in trays and pots,foxgloves,nepeta,verbena bonsaris,stachys, geraniums and achillea. If they all root well I will be able to bulk up planting along the south facing bed and have lots to swop or give away. Finished up pricking out Sweet William tedious job. Hope tomorrow is another garden day to finish weeding and hopefully I'll have researched enough to deal with the potato problem.Off to search information on potato blight not much in Alan Titchmarshes Kitchen Garden book.


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Mairin Mairin 05 August 2009 00:00:29

Lovely photo (and lupin of course).


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