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Cloncaw's Journal

Cloncaw's Journal

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Work continues on east border.

25 January 2010 18:58:40
Swans & sunset

Swans & sunset

I can now see I have a massive challenge on my hands to clear the Lysimachia from the east bed. James has now gone off to Edinburgh on his trip and I thought that most of the bed had been cleared but after a short while of digging and removing plants I know now that it's going to be difficult to readicate it,. There are runners everywhere and roots it has totally overtaken the NW side and I have a feeling that it'll be left baron for a while and then it'll be a case of spraying growth when it appears. I spent a long time lifting out the roots etc but just know that it'll reappear. I had planned to leave some in place but am really tempted to lift it all were possible. Can see the lifted plants having to go into waiting for a while but at least tackling it now means I have a lot more time to sort it out. To try and prevent it from creeping back I have put in a divide using the plastic strip for edging lawns don't know if it'll work as the runners are so deep in the ground. While working I could hear the swans dipping their heads in the water and the sunset with the swans in the foreground created a beautiful shot, put up photos of the swans and sunset , more of my bed project and today at lunch there was a goldfinch visiting the new feeder lots of activity and fighting as to who was going to have dinner. Hope tomorrow is another good day to see can I get anymore done in this bed if anyone has any suggestion on how to prevent Lysimachia returning l'd be grateful of the advice.


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Jacinta Jacinta 25 January 2010 19:29:07

What a lovely sound you have while working. I can see this Lysimachia becoming a burden to you. Hope you get it sorted.


Alan S Alan S 25 January 2010 19:34:52

i had lysmachia in my garden...well, i had it in my parents garden and it was beautiful but i could see it wanted to spread so i dug it up and planted it on the river bank right beside their garden where it is kinda curtailed and to be honest that was it


fran m fran m 25 January 2010 19:45:28

Could you cover the bed with black plastic, and let time deal with it?


Clara Clara 25 January 2010 20:09:28

Lovely photos I love 18 and 19 it could be a painting,you have a lot of work to do but take it easy or you will tire yourself


Myrtle Myrtle 25 January 2010 21:39:38

beautiful photos, such an idyllic setting, no wonder you like to be in the garden!


Cloncaw Cloncaw 25 January 2010 22:20:55

Jacinta, I'll definitely get it sorted and providing the weather stays favourable it'll be gardening again tomorrow though very cold here tonight.

Steno, I plan to plant it by the pond and what's replanted in the bed will be treated similar to mint although I just cann't believe how deep it's down.

Fran, unfortunately with a wedding in June I cann't go with that option and besides it had run under the membrane in places.

Clara and Myrtle, making the pond- mini lake behind the house was worth it as it really creates such a beautiful view. It is fabulous with the reflections of the sun and the swans just set it off.


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