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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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Chop chop

16 July 2009 19:52:27
Chop chop

Chop chop

I did a complete round of dead-heading today and it was amazing the things that got chopped!

I cut back my lupins (a bit late, I know) and my Johnston's Blue Geraniums. So now I'll see if I get a second flush of flowers, as my reference book promises. 

The  roses have done their first flush of flowering so they have had a thorough dead heading and a bit of a cutting back. The likes of Ballerina (a polyanthus or musk, depending on where you read) is now flowerless but I know more buds will come. If I think of it, I should give them all a feed tomorrow.

A few of the sunflowers in the greenhouse also fell victim to the chopper. They were getting in the way of other things. I'm not sure why Sammy's so delighted with their demise in the photo!


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Ternie Ternie 17 July 2009 12:25:06

Sunflowers are twice bigger than Sam! :))) As for deadheading this is one of my favorite garden work. I always feel that plant appreciate it.


Rachel Rachel 17 July 2009 13:58:50

Actually it's my favourite gardening job too - a great excuse to have a leisurely walk and just check everything out.


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