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Post by Lorraine on Sat 14 Mar 2009 - 21:19

Ok, so how did you guess I might have a bit of back ache? Laughing Hard

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Post by Di Masters on Sat 14 Mar 2009 - 21:22

fantastic start you have made, looks so different already.

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Post by Lorraine on Sat 14 Mar 2009 - 21:32

Weather permitting, I will do more tomorrow but although I have overdone it today, I've broken its back. Big time. Mostly now it's some light cutting back, tidying and weeding before getting the pressure washer out.

I might pop to the garden centre tomorrow too. My rose fertilizer and bone meal are quite old now so should get some fresh stuff and as I should be ready to plant some fresh plants in a day or so, I might see what's about.

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Post by Di Masters on Sat 14 Mar 2009 - 21:36

Crossed over! Just saying about garden centre on other part lol.

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Post by supergran on Sat 14 Mar 2009 - 21:41

Wow you have amazed me even when I was a lot younger and fitter I could not have done all that in one day, good on you girl, hope you don't ache to much tomorrow.

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Post by kimb on Sat 14 Mar 2009 - 21:54

am most impressed lorraine . did you do it all on your own , where was nic when you need help!!!!!
you do have some nice shrubs in there . bet they are gasping now fro getting some fresh air to them

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Post by Lorraine on Sat 14 Mar 2009 - 23:47

Yes, Kim. Did it all on my lonesome. Nic is useless where gardening is concerned and wouldn't help even if I asked her, which I wouldn't, lol.

Well, I've just succumbed. Although my little garden centre is very good, they are sometimes lacking in the rose department. When I was in Southend I used to have an Alexander, a beautiful, vibrant orange hybrid tea and I've not been able to get another. Well, I've just found another orange hybrid tea. It's called Orange Perfume and I just had to have it. Mr Green 5.99, so not a bank breaker.

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Post by Lorraine on Sun 15 Mar 2009 - 0:23

Kim, I favour shrubs and perennials, and roses of course. I'm pretty well stocked with my roses, only need a couple of shrubs to fill some gaps and that bit will still look empty for a while as I'll have to leave growth room. Most of my perennials are coming through now I can actually find them, ha ha. The main problem with where my shrubs are is next doors bl**dy leylandii. I have nothing planted at all for about 2 feet in front of them as it's sooooooooooo dry and dark.

I'm not a lover of bedding plants but I will get a few just for that edging thingy that has to be done, and a bit of colour.

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Post by kimb on Sun 15 Mar 2009 - 8:26

when i first moved into this house in 1984 the fron garden was full of rose shrubs , tatty looking ones as they had not cared for them at all , so i pulled the lot up , as i did not like roses then !!!!! now i would love them in there affraid
i shall have a snout round my garden see what i can dig up for you lorraine,i have some beautiful perrenials that are desperate for a thinning out , agapanthus ....patty how do i do that ?????

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Post by Guest on Sun 15 Mar 2009 - 15:53

Kim - the agapanthus benefit from being clumped together, but there's a limit of course. Dig a big chunk up, right out of the soil, then gently ease them apart with your fingers and plant them back quite deeply in smaller clumps. Any that look "woody" - well throw them out as they won't bloom anyway. Those you move will not bloom this year though (unless you have a wand and a witches hat, I find!) so don't dig them all up at once. Good luck - wish I was there to do it for you because I simply love, love, love gardening and splitting perennials, etc.

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Post by lyndaejane on Sun 15 Mar 2009 - 16:24

Did wonder about offering to take a cutting of my spotted Laurel, Lou - to fill in one of your gaps? Last time I did that, some years ago, the cuttings romped away.

Any chance you could form a raised bed in front of the leylandii? At least it would give some soil to grow things in: you could choose some shade-lovers. We have the same problem with next-door's pear tree: in shade all the growing season and north-facing, to boot! So far, have found that heuchera and aquiligia really like it there: also have a bergenia, some lily of the valley and a few shrubs that seem OK, albeit slow-growing.

Our turn to decimate the choysia today: worked on the front garden all morning and it now looks really tidy - should do, there's four huge bags for the tip again!

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Post by WeirdCat on Sun 15 Mar 2009 - 16:36

My garden is overgrown, tends to stay like that too but guess it will soon be time to bribe someone to get the lawnmower out. I vote for chucking Betty on the skip, maybe her and miserable sod skipman will be a match made in hell

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Post by Lorraine on Sun 15 Mar 2009 - 19:22

Oh, Ruth. Peeing Laughing

Lynda, thatnk you, but I have a spotted laurel (Aucuba?) and am actually planning on getting another to fill the gap. They do romp away, but they're not expensive either. Funnily enough I was talking about raised beds over that side today, but I think once the shrubs have filled out again, it may not look so bad. I shall bide my time with that bit.

So...here's today's work. Mr Green

Minus the brick bed Jumping for Joy and some weeding along the rose bed. Ooooooh, it was fun swinging that lump hammer around, ha, ha.



More weeding across by the shed and shrubs.



and this little beauty...I've been trying for years to dig this out of the rose bed. It's not huge, but boy, was it well rooted. I even moved the wall when bringing my fork down, but luckily didn't knock it over completely. Very Happy


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Post by kimb on Sun 15 Mar 2009 - 19:36

what is the blue plant , tobaccollandii???
would not have liked to have dug that up lorraine , mind your back .
you are doing really well though , glad me and dawn aren't coming this week or we'd get a job!!!!!!!
thanks patty for the agapanthus info , the one that wants splitting up desperately is in a big pot and its heaving and looks full to busting , a lovely plant though .
i adore heuchera plants , i have one called plum pudding and love it , it shines a lovely purple when wet . am on the lookout for one called marmalade but cannot find it in the garden centres

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Post by Lorraine on Sun 15 Mar 2009 - 19:45

I like Agapanthus. Mr Green

Kim, I had to scroll up to see a blue plant and then twigged what you meant, lol. They're for scale, hun, just for scale. Laughing

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Post by kimb on Sun 15 Mar 2009 - 19:48

lol!

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Post by Lorraine on Sun 15 Mar 2009 - 19:56

Here ya go, Kim.
http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/heuchera-marmalade-pbr/itemno.PL30001451/
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Post by Guest on Sun 15 Mar 2009 - 20:24

Gosh Lorraine - talk about a before and work in progress.
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Post by Lorraine on Sun 15 Mar 2009 - 20:25

Thanks, hun. Mr Green One is trying one's best, you know. Laughing Hard

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Post by Guest on Sun 15 Mar 2009 - 20:32

well you have certainly sparked interest in the gardening theme..especially in me..i went out to look at my poxy little space and had a wonderful surprise...but i think i will do my own garden thread if you don't mind..so i can get some help!!!!

i must say i would have loved your brick bed!!!

i want raised beds....right now.... Very Happy

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Post by Lorraine on Sun 15 Mar 2009 - 20:34

sp01goat wrote:but i think i will do my own garden thread if you don't mind..
Not at all. This one is MINE, MINE, ALL MINE!!!!!!!! Twisted Evil Laughing Hard

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Post by Di Masters on Sun 15 Mar 2009 - 20:48

Very impressed with all your hard work Lou!

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Post by kimb on Sun 15 Mar 2009 - 21:32

blinking heck lorraine , thanks for that i never thought of trying to find one on here , i just kept looking in the centres when we visited Embarassed

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Post by Guest on Sun 15 Mar 2009 - 21:55

I'll have to go and take a pic of my back yard! Took the huge step of showing it to Geoff this morning.... His response?
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Post by kimb on Sun 15 Mar 2009 - 21:57

patty can you jjst tell me if heuchera are any good in a shaded area , or do they prefer full sun constantly , the area i would like it is full sun early morning til about noonish then shaded again til about 4pm and then it gets the sun again

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Post by Lorraine on Sun 15 Mar 2009 - 22:13

Heuchera will be fine in those conditions. Very Happy Sun or partial shade is good.
Ooops sorry. My name's Lorraine, not Patty.

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Post by karinlouise on Sun 15 Mar 2009 - 23:50

OH...........MY...............GOD what a lot you've done. Amazing absolutely amazing.

Had to laugh when you said "you'd broken the back of the work" hmmmmm I read "I've broken my back with this work" An no blooming wonder. you take it easy girl, I mean it. Be Careful.

It looks fantastic. Now when its all finished, we want a picture of you sat in your garden with a drink in your hand. Get Nic to take it, I bet it will look grand.

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Post by Guest on Mon 16 Mar 2009 - 7:17

waiting to see what you get up to today..... :flower: don't overdo it now..we want you healthy and busy. x

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Post by Guest on Mon 16 Mar 2009 - 7:46

Oh Lorraine it is coming along so very well, and so quickly! What a huge difference and it must give you a real lift to look (or go) out there and see how lovely it is starting to look. I am really and truly impressed as it was a biggie to tackle, but I also know how much I would enjoy getting stuck in, and so I am sure you have enjoyed it too. When you get down to it, even the big jobs don't seem so bad when you see a clear outcome of it all. Very, very well done! It will be so lovely to sit out there in the summer, won't it? Are you having a kiddies gate to keep "her" out!!!

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Post by Guest on Mon 16 Mar 2009 - 8:22

great idea Patty...the gate sounds like good dragon proofing.....

Lorraine, get one thats hard to open... Very Happy

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