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Bernie B's Journal

Bernie B's Journal

Last Post 2589 days 10 hours ago

End of my first gardening year

06 September 2010 16:54:42
Sedum Stewed Rhubarb Mountains

Sedum Stewed Rhubarb Mountains

Hi All. It's been a couple of months since I have posted a journal but have looked in most days to see how everyone is getting on. I have the day off today and because it is so wet outside I have been indoors catching up on the housework before I go back to work tomorrow. All the housework is done now so I have the feet up and I'm going to upload some photos of how my garden looked before the torrential rain. The garden is getting a right old soaking which was so needed and it will help to soften my clay soil so I can plant my spring bulbs.

The end of my first year of gardening is drawing to a close and I am delighted with how much I have achieved. I now have three very long herbaceous borders fully planted and plan to make another four over the next few months or so.  I have already started the seed planting in preparation. We have been eating the fruits of my labor over the last couple of months from our raised veg beds. I must admit I made quite a few mistakes, mostly planting everything too close together and unfortunately due to work commitments and not having the time to look after everything, a lot either went to seed or got eaten by pests. But I have learned so much and will try not to make the same mistakes next year.  I did have a bumper crop of tomatoes though and have made vast amounts of tomato chutney and tomato sauce. Thank you Krista for those "Charm" tomato seeds you sent me as most of the sauce was made from these wonderful big plum tomatoes.

Thanks to my wonderful partner Andrew I now have a brand new potting shed which he constructed over a few days at a fraction of the cost of a similar one which I had spotted in a popular Garden Centre. I will also upload a folder of other completed projects for this year. Our next project will be to plant a hedge around our greenhouse/veg area. We hope to have this done and ready for planting when bare root hedging comes into season. I cant make up my mind on what type of hedging to use so all ideas welcome. I would love box but am too impatient to wait for it to grow and also need something that grows quicker and higher (maybe 4 to 5 feet) because of our open windy site. Fran I love your grisilena hedge, don't be surprised if you wake up one morning and its disappeared :0)


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LindaB LindaB 06 September 2010 18:00:35

Hi Bernie, that is a lovely sedum, very unusal.  I looked at all your photos you have done great work this year.  I love your potting shed.  I am very sorry to hear about your gorgeous dog, a big loss I am sure.


Bernie B Bernie B 06 September 2010 18:03:42

Thank you Linda. Fred was 14 years old and I miss him terribly.


Jacinta D Jacinta D 06 September 2010 18:09:59

Wow, Bernie. Just had a peep at your pics. You have a garden you can be proud of. So well laid out, maintained and utllized to the full. Congrats. Verrrry envious. Hopefully we will see more journals from you now that the bulk of it is done.


Cloncaw Cloncaw 06 September 2010 19:23:00

Beautiful plants and colour in your garden in such a short time and you and Andrew have completed a lot of projects that look great now you'll be able to enjoy.


fraoch fraoch 06 September 2010 20:07:49

You've done so much in just a year. Fantastic!


Keego Keego 06 September 2010 22:22:48

Lovely sedum - Looked at your pictures you and Andrew have done really well all looks great and I am really jealous of your potting shed. We have put in two different hedges since we moved in here a laurel hedge it is fast growing hardy and takes a battering from wind without much damage - we then put in Escallonia my personal favourite (after box) this took a battering last Winter and I was very nervous but it has pulled through it is also fast growing and has a nice red flower - good luck what ever you choose


greenway greenway 06 September 2010 23:54:06

lovely photos like the potting shed and bridge 


Rachel Rachel 08 September 2010 22:32:49

You have had a great year and done so much. Next year you will do even more. That is a lovely sedum.

For hedging, are you looking for formal or informal? All of the following are properly hardy.

Hypericum hidcote makes a lovely flowering, no trouble, almost-evergreen informal hedge. I would not recommend Rosa rugosa because of suckering.

For formal, Lonicera is very fast growing and evergreen. Beech is lovely too as long as you don't have wet soil and don't have a phobia about it holding onto its dead leaves over winter. My newest hedge is Oleaster and I am very pleased so far. It is evergreen and scented and seems to be growing quite fast.

Off to look at your photos now.


Bernie B Bernie B 08 September 2010 23:44:39

Yes Rachel I'm really hooked now :0). Have googled some of your hedge suggestions, I like the Lonicera. I think I will need about 100 plants so will need to scout around for prices.


Rachel Rachel 09 September 2010 07:53:24

Van der Wel in Aughrim are good for bare root.


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