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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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Annuals Border

25 May 2010 16:38:06
Annuals Border

Annuals Border

I have done no end of pussyfooting the last few days. I seem paralysed by indecision when it comes to planting. It makes sense to plant up the most important area first as I will have first pick of the best plants. But what is the most important area...

On three separate occasions I laid out plants in the West Garden and then scrapped those ideas. I'm telling you, I felt like Andy Sturgeon said he did when laying out his Chelsea gold medal garden. Of course, it doesn't help that Chelsea is is on telly at the minute as the images it pumps at me daily are quite unattainable.

I decided to work on planting up my annuals border. It is surely easier to arrange plants by height and colour rather than texture, eventual size and flowering period as needs doing with non annuals.

Well, I didn't get too far as you can see. But it would be a two day job anyway! I remembered to stake my sunflowers properly this year. Hubby and myself used the driver to sink proper stakes at the back of the border. I know they look ridiculous now beside my spindly sunflowers but I remember last year. I waged a constant battle against the wind with only bamboo canes to support my Russian Giants. Proceedings were called abruptly to a halt due to a collision of hubby's elbow and my head as the driver came down. I will continue afresh tomorrow.


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LindaB LindaB 25 May 2010 16:43:27

Ouch - sounds as if you came off worse!! I have no doubt whatever combination you choose it will be fab.  It is so windy out anyway you are probably better off not rushing into it!


Clara Clara 25 May 2010 17:13:39

Hope you were not hurt badly and always tomorrow to do that big area,  take it easy will be beautiful when it is all planted up


Rachel Rachel 25 May 2010 17:24:43

Tomorrow's another day. I'm fine now, Clare. But after the bump I didn' want to be in the sun any longer.


unagrant unagrant 25 May 2010 17:48:43

That sounded painful, hope your o.k.  If I was you go and put feet up and enjoy Chelsea garden on the t.v. 

Deciding where to put things can take time.  It's one of those jobs where we should take the time to make sure we get it right. 


Cloncaw Cloncaw 25 May 2010 19:52:55

Well it wasn't the post driver that hit your head , sit back take it easy and enjoy Chelsea, going to put on the tea now and sit down to enjoy it as I'm not working tonight.


Ladybird Ladybird 25 May 2010 21:41:37

I bet you will go out in the morning and within five minutes you will have decided where to put everything. Hope your head and hubby's elbow are ok. 


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