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Rachel's Journal July 2008

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Weeding in the Rain

09 July 2008 14:41:44
Weeding in the Rain

Weeding in the Rain

Did some more weeding in the rain today.

Enough already. I want to enjoy my garden now please!

It is July - I want to be sitting out in the sun, while the kids play in the paddling pool!

11 Dec 2008

After writing this journal entry I went to my mother's house and found that she had had a brain haemorrhage. She died on 12th July.

Box & Juniper Project

08 July 2008 18:43:59
Box & Juniper Project

Box & Juniper Project

This morning was beautiful gardening weather but there was still a bit of a breeze. I began to feel I was growing old waiting for a still enough day to apply weed-killer. So I took matters in hand...

I weeded my problem area by hand.

I also built up the "wall" and at the back, where I ran out of stones, I put in tree-trunk pieces as a retainer between the "problem" raised bed and the existing bed (see where the two beds join in the photo). The tree trunk pieces had been knocking around for ages.

I raked and levelled the soil and I planted it up with the few plants I did have available. I also removed the mint and put it in pots.

It doesn't look half bad - even if I say so myself.

Obviously I need more plants - a lot more box to run between the juniper trees and obscure the view across! I also need two or even three more stipa gigantica. There is already one planted there although it's hard to make out any detail from the photo. I also need to order the heleniums I mentioned before.

Saviour of the Garden

07 July 2008 09:29:49
Saviour of the Garden

Saviour of the Garden

Samuel, my six year old, was examining his Gromitty poster this morning. He called to me to come look at this brilliant "gardening" Gromitty, the Saviour Gardener. He knew I would be interested in someone who saves gardens, especially on a dreadful rainy day like this!

Anyway, I hated to dampen his enthusiasm because he had actually misread the Gromitty name. It was the "Severe Guardian" not the "Saviour Gardener". Oh well, it was a fine thought!


06 July 2008 14:18:15


I've been weeding in the rain.

Does that make me a serious gardener?

My husband says it makes me a serious eejit!

I've been itching to get at the garden these last few days. Went to a gardening talk yesterday on herbaceous plants and they recommended cutting back perennial poppies and lupins after flowering, feeding with tomato feed and hoping for a second flush! Well, that's done now but it may have been too late for my lupins as some of them had already set seed. Lets see if I get a second flush later this year. The borders certainly look neater now so it's worth doing just for that!


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