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TheH (Hazel)'s Journal October 2016

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Some more latecomers

26 October 2016 00:03:45

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Well, maybe not just latecomers, some are second time rounders! I was quite surprised to notice a haze of blue in the shrubbery today. Turned out to be Ceanothus "Gloire de Versaille" having a second go at flowering! Usually at its prime in June I certainly didn't expect late October flowers! 

Next one I spotted was Clematis "Princess Diana" finally opening - and well worth the wait too!

It was with some relief that I saw that the sedums were doing a more usual October display - they turn that gorgeous shade of pink as a kind of a swan-song to herald the absolute end of their season!

This remarkably dry weather is confusing lots of plants in my garden but I'm not complaining because it is a great way toshorten the winter for us.

Today's task was to plant some garlic and red onions to overwinter. All done and dusted (or rather watered) this afternoon and a start made on reducing the height of the hedge at the end of the vegetable garden to allow sunlight in without taking away the shelter afforded by the hedge. This is one of those jobs I should have got my helpers to do last week - and now they are gone!

Better late than never

16 October 2016 02:52:15

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I've been beavering away woth my helpers the past week. It is a great encouagement having someone to do some of the heavy stuff for me. Many of the borders are seriously overcrowded this year so there is major dividing going on. 

The fruit trees were getting swamped so that was one big task done and dusted. There were also some big roots to be dug out and new doors for the compost bins - and the compost needed turning too!

So with all that going on I haven't had much time to actually notice whats going on in other parts of the garden! I did notice that the bargain begonias the Ciara got for my porch for the open day were starting to look a bit bothered by a few chilly nights recently so I decided to move them to the greenhouse and see how long they will go on flowering. 

Then I found these lovely fuschias that are really late flowerers and they really brightened my day!

Great progress

07 October 2016 19:00:57

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I have two lovely helpers with me at the moment. Only 3 days into their stay and already the vegetable beds are cleared and mulched, compost heap area is looking better, and new front "doors" for the compost bays are under construction!Tthe major overhaul of the Birch Border is complete including planting about 300 bulbs in that bed alone! And as if that wasn't enough, Elizabeth came down and she planted another load of bulbs in the newly arranged Rock Garden!

Haven't had time to Journal we've been so busy!




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