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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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More Clipping

11 May 2011 21:00:03
lupins

lupins

Bill paid a visit a.m. and we had a quick walk around the garden and chat. He came to collect his plant order from Birr but had to be off quick enough.

Walking around the garden, I noticed the damage done by recent winds. My Angelica and two foxgloves are broken. V. annoying. Lucky I have more Angelica plants coming.

After Bill left hubby cut th grass and I trimmed the Lonicera hedge in front of the dump. Will it ever get tall enough to obscure the every growing montain of garden debris? I guess, it will as it's nearly as tall as my Sammy now but let it hurry up... (photo in the album).

I also trimmed my copper beech hedge. Although not big enough to need trimming, it should encourage growth.

Then the box hedging and the Lonicera got a feed of chicken pellets and a good watering in. That's all my hedges fed for the year.

I have two areas of concern though :

1) The Hypericum hidcote hedge is very poorly. It is a really long, mature hedge. I am not sure it will make it. This is the only one I haven't fed. I might give it a try.

2) The privet hedge I planted last year (that Pat gave me) looks mostly dead too. This is also a big one. I fed it earlier but it is not responding. There is some life. I think some pruning is in order :(


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Clara Clara 11 May 2011 21:19:41

Your Lupins look so good and lovely colour and well done on all work today and hope the hedge perks up


Myrtle Myrtle 11 May 2011 21:21:37

You are getting addicted to using those clippers! Very sorry to hear your privet hedge isnt doing well after all the hard work you had getting it in. Perhaps a feed will do it good.


TinaJ TinaJ 11 May 2011 21:43:30

Those lupins are alovely colour,your photo journal is beautiful I love the border with the white cosmos,what are the blue flowers ?


fran m fran m 11 May 2011 21:50:21

Rachel Clipper Mania is dangerous.............. be afraid, be very afraid ;-))

Lopins look great.


Cloncaw Cloncaw 11 May 2011 22:46:58

That's a lot of clipping such a pity about your hedges, driving up to Birr noticed lots of brown dead hedges lifted out one of my yews in a pot today couldn't believe how it just lifted clean out like the roots had died back had to be the frost. Love the colour of your lupins hope the wind dies back


rosburke rosburke 11 May 2011 23:25:57

lupins are lovely rich colour, hopefully the feed especially now with the rain will help the hedges. if there is life at all they should be ok.


Scrubber Scrubber 11 May 2011 23:27:51

Thought Hypericum was a hardy hardy tough old thing that nothing could kill. Does it take time to leaf up for the new season?


HeadGardener HeadGardener 12 May 2011 10:02:41

Sorry Rachel a bit distracted this week so rushing everyhere thanks for the coffee, chat and tour the garden is looking great and the new cocoa mulch looks fab. Thanks for the stuff from Birr and for the baby plants too.. your so generous.


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