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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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Abandon Greenhouse

29 May 2011 23:35:28
lupins as darkness descended

lupins as darkness descended

Well it's almost June so it's high time for everything to go in the ground.

Myself and hubby did a phenomenal amount of planting today. Some more trees/shrubs went into the new borders - lilac, Rhododendron, Viburnum, Miscanthus and Acer griseum. Two Cytisus were planted to obscure the sceptic tank pipes. And the whole of last year's Tropical Border was planted up with perennials - some bought, some raised from seed!

Hubby did fabulous work with the shears too - clipping various grass banks. It is a very hard job. And then he came to help me with the planting up of the large border by digging the holes!

I almost finished the planting, leaving only 7-8 plants undone. I will finish tomorrow.

I took no photos though as it was so late when we finished up. Besides, the place looks like a bomb hit it with sods of earth still lying in piles, grass clippings uncollected and piles of stones I took out of the border. But we're getting there.


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Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 29 May 2011 23:54:09

I love the mass planting of Lupins you and some others have shown, really impressive.


Cloncaw Cloncaw 29 May 2011 23:58:33

Agree it's time things got into the ground made a start today hopefully tomorrow will be another reasonable day, lupins are a must have in gardens love the two tone one with the raspberry red.


J.D. J.D. 30 May 2011 05:57:48

Wow!


TinaJ TinaJ 30 May 2011 06:23:38

Oh i love your lupins rachel


TinaJ TinaJ 30 May 2011 06:23:39

Oh i love your lupins rachel


Myrtle Myrtle 30 May 2011 08:26:45

Great work done by both of you. You will need to be watering well all summer, I believe the weather is to warm up by weekend.


LindaB LindaB 30 May 2011 10:17:30

Hi Rachel, just looked at your recent garden photos, it looks great, I love your 'Nora Barlow' great show there.


HeadGardener HeadGardener 30 May 2011 11:05:07

Rachel my greenhouse is still packed waiting for the frost tonite to go before I start planting..


HeadGardener HeadGardener 30 May 2011 11:05:41

ok only joking no frost tonite but bet I made your heart skip :-)  jesus I'm cruel


Monkells Monkells 30 May 2011 17:55:51

your garden is amazing Rachel.I hope you win the Bloom competition!! I can't wait to see it!!!!:-D


Rachel Rachel 30 May 2011 18:09:32

Lupins are flavour of the month at the moment! I'm glad you like mine.

Myrtle, I watered well and mulched today. That should save on the watering later.

Bill, you kidder!

Thank you so much, Monica. What a lovely thing to say. You are always welcome to visit :)


minmint minmint 30 May 2011 19:47:57

i did alot in garden too , though you would not know , have to make a mess to achieve results , hopefully when all planted , clean up and enjoy ..


TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 31 May 2011 00:39:19

There must be something in the air - planting out is high on my list just now also! Great bit of work both of you and the tidy-up can be done in the morning!


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