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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

Last Post 10 days 18 hours ago

Last Sod

26 May 2011 17:32:10
new area

new area

I got the last of the sods lifted from my new area today.

I even took a few barrowsful of them to the dump.

Although I only worked for an hour and a half my muscles were screaming afterwards so I lay down in bed. Aren't I lucky that I could?

When I got up I went out for a look and I'm very pleased. Essentially I have three beds, with two paths running through them. The central bed is large.

If the wind dies down tomorrow I will plant some trees in this area.

Photos are in my old album 'Rose Garden Make-Over 2009-2011'.


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Jacinta Jacinta 26 May 2011 18:50:07

That was some amount of work, Rachel. It looks terrific. How in God's name did you manage to keep those tree ferns alive over the winter?


TinaJ TinaJ 26 May 2011 18:50:46

Can see from photo how hard you worked rachel,will look lovely when planted,well done


ladygardener ladygardener 26 May 2011 19:20:41

It looks like an exciting project all right what trees do you have in mind?  You are fortunate the tree ferns lasted and they don't seem to be sheltered by anything.  I love them but would never be brave enough to invest.  I had my eye on large Canary Island palms today in Tescos for 6 euro but stopped myself as I had lost one last year.  As I write this I think you stupid idiot Anne 6 euro! a meter high! I 've just talked myself into going back to Tescos tonight and getting one.  Talk later


Monkells Monkells 26 May 2011 20:44:10

Hard work!! Weather not helping. Is the summer ever going to come?? Everything is being battered!!!


Rachel Rachel 26 May 2011 21:05:08

The tree ferns are dead, folks, although wrapped with fleece and straw through winter. They would have looked good there if they had survived! Thinking of planting ferns in them.

Yes, Monica, ferocious windy today.


ladygardener ladygardener 26 May 2011 21:10:25

And there was me thinking if Rachel can take the leap of faith and design a bed around tree ferns the least I can do is invest 6 euro in a canary palm!


Rachel Rachel 26 May 2011 21:11:57

Ha ha. The bed was designed around the tree ferns but, unfortunately, they couldn't wait.


fran m fran m 26 May 2011 21:50:48

Going a storm Rachel, well done.


Cloncaw Cloncaw 26 May 2011 22:16:15

Looking good pity about the ferns


andyf7 andyf7 26 May 2011 22:28:33

that will be a beautiful space when you work your magic on it, looking forward to that day.


Mairin Mairin 26 May 2011 22:38:28

Oh, how lovely to have the space and the plants for 3 new beds.  Lucky you. 


Lìga Lìga 27 May 2011 07:31:08

Oho,,well done,that was fast!!!Now,i hope wind stop,and you can plant your new beds too.Do you going to plant mix borders,or there will be something special in?


Rachel Rachel 28 May 2011 09:54:32

I started planting yesterday and will continue with the tree later today. Then I need to consider digging...


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