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Post by kimb on Mon 16 Mar 2009 - 8:58

thanks lorraine i did not realise you were so well up on the plants as patty is , i will try a small heuchera where i am thinking of before i buy a big one for it

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Post by Maria on Mon 16 Mar 2009 - 9:50

Oh I am so proud of you and most of all I am happy for you - this is a true transformation and you will reap the benefits. I love the rose alexander too - I had that in Leigh. I adore roses.

I am so pleased and it must make you feel hugely better when you look outside and also to know that you did it all by yourself. Its nice too that you've got it done now, in time to enjoy the spring sunshine.

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Post by kimb on Mon 16 Mar 2009 - 12:32

lorraine watch out for the postie or parcel man tmoro , its quite a big box so will not get it through letterbox, i could not split the agapanthus but will send you some when steve gets at it

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Post by Guest on Mon 16 Mar 2009 - 18:46

This is coming on great Lou, you have had me thinking how nice it would be to have a garden again but I'll make the most of what I've got this year I think.
Well done with what you're doing, I'm enjoying seeing it coming together already.

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Post by Lorraine on Mon 16 Mar 2009 - 21:28

I didn't get round to taking any pics today, girls but I've still done a fair bit of work. Mr Green

The brick bar=b=que is now 'no more'. I knocked that all down and cleared it so that my rose bed is now completely open to the sun right along it. There is room for two more roses in there now when there was nothing before except that darned vine that would grow as the barbQ stopped all the light.

Talking about the vine (Russian, that is) that is also, I hope, gone. The roots were horrendous and had spread quite a way into the roses. So, I emptied the bed of soil as far as I could and ended up with the electric saw at the roots to shift them. There are still a few that I just can't get to, but fingers crossed, I'll have either killed it completely (I wish) or at least be able to manage any new growth that shows itself.

I have also made a good start on the bed at the back of the garden. Trimmed the Aucuba back a bit more as my Crocosmia have spread really well, so made lots of room for them. Dug quite a bit of it over too, found some more perennials that I've cut back and trimmed the jasmine a bit more.


kimb wrote:lorraine watch out for the postie or parcel man tmoro , its quite a big box so will not get it through letterbox, i could not split the agapanthus but will send you some when steve gets at it
What for, hun? Mr Green Mr Green Mr Green
Has you sent me some plants?

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Post by supergran on Mon 16 Mar 2009 - 21:45

When you have finished your garden can you pop down and do mine it will only take you a day at the speed you go at lol! lol!

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Post by Guest on Tue 17 Mar 2009 - 7:59

wow girl, have you got a rocket up you botty..slow down...you are working wonders.

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Post by kimb on Tue 17 Mar 2009 - 8:45

i might have !!!!!

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Post by Maria on Tue 17 Mar 2009 - 9:47

you are doing sooooo well!

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Post by karinlouise on Tue 17 Mar 2009 - 11:38

wow, phew and god you must be tired now. Well done you.

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Post by Lorraine on Tue 17 Mar 2009 - 17:16

Well, more got done today, but I didn't have quite as much time as I had Mia this morning and went to garden centre this aft for some fish, blood and bone and rose food.

Here's the rose bed minus the BBQ, so that's all ready now.



and here's the top end, cleared, weeded, dug over and ready for some more plants to go in.



There are a few gaps so I'm wanting a couple more things, especially at the front, but as I have to leave growing/spread room, I reckon this is probably about it for the most part. It's a pity it's going to look a bit bare this year. Behind the Aucuba and in front of the Photinia, I've planted a Virburnum which I'll keep up against the fence. The rest will be perennials.


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Post by lyndaejane on Tue 17 Mar 2009 - 17:22

It looks so neat and tidy, Lou, that it won't really matter if the beds don't fill out this year. You certainly have worked like a Trojan to produce this effect in such a short time!

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Post by Maria on Tue 17 Mar 2009 - 17:25

This looks fantastic and you have doen so well in supersonic time too. It must make you feel 'empowered' doesnt it?

well done!

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Post by Guest on Tue 17 Mar 2009 - 17:34

Well, I don't think that it's the same garden!!!

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Post by Guest on Tue 17 Mar 2009 - 18:28

Lorraine, it is so wonderful now it is all clean and cleared up - you must be very pleased with yourself, although I know how much effort it has all taken (especially the Russian Vine!!!) It will be such a joy to you in the later part of the year.

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Post by Di Masters on Tue 17 Mar 2009 - 18:39

Well done you! A few annuals just for this year will fill the gaps and give a bit of colour.

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Post by Scatty on Tue 17 Mar 2009 - 18:53

Well done Lorraine, how much do you charge per hour?

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Post by kimb on Tue 17 Mar 2009 - 20:25

wow , i cant believe its the same garden .you be careful though , we keep on telling you but you are just ignoring us

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Post by Guest on Tue 17 Mar 2009 - 20:36

what a transformation..WoW!!!!!

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Post by supergran on Tue 17 Mar 2009 - 21:36

That looks great, keep it up this year then you wont have to do all that again next year.

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Post by Scrap Monkey on Tue 17 Mar 2009 - 22:52

That look fantastic Lorraine; what a difference a couple of days of back breaking work makes! Mr Coffee reckons you must have had help though lol!, he says he reckons he caught a glimpse of Alan Titchmarsh and a camera crew hiding behind the shed!

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Post by gingerjo on Tue 17 Mar 2009 - 23:17

YUp a few annuals, or throw some seeds in for this year.

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Post by karinlouise on Wed 18 Mar 2009 - 9:40

Fantastic. I don't think its the same garden, I think you took photos of next doors before really, hehe, sorry hun only kidding. Seriously though you've done a brilliant job. well done

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Post by Lorraine on Wed 18 Mar 2009 - 21:32

Scrap Monkey wrote: Mr Coffee reckons you must have had help though lol!, he says he reckons he caught a glimpse of Alan Titchmarsh and a camera crew hiding behind the shed!
Ha, ha. I tell you, if Titchy had been here yesterday and seen some of the things I was doing with my spade, he'd have had me locked up. Laughing Hard

More done today. All ground fertilized, roses fed, plants planted including some dahlia tubers. I also made a good start on all the weeds down the side of the top bed, but they're proving hard work. Some are jammed in tight to bricks but I'm getting there. Will have to have a break for a day or so now as I have Mia, as usual but hopefully can get another stack done at the weekend. Mr Green

I need to fix the trellis too as another Clematis has gone in aswell.

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Post by Guest on Wed 18 Mar 2009 - 21:38

NO..not dahlias..yukky..you will get earwigs and i hate earwigs....urgh.....oh well if you must x x x

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Post by Lorraine on Wed 18 Mar 2009 - 21:46

I love dahlias, Goaty. Mr Green Earwigs are easy sorted. Upside down pot filled with straw on a stake. Wink

I've got some good old Bishop of Llandaff, some Bishop of Oxfords and some really big Arabian Nights and Lilac Time. Mr Green

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Post by kimb on Wed 18 Mar 2009 - 21:48

my grandad grew dahlias and chrysanths , then my dad did too , he grew them and cut them , wrapped them in newspaper on a sunday morning and sold them in the pub for his beer money , always came home a bit tiddly he did

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Post by Lorraine on Wed 18 Mar 2009 - 21:57

Now there's a plan. Laughing Hard

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Post by Guest on Wed 18 Mar 2009 - 22:06

my dad grew them...but...mum wouldn't bring dahlias in the house cos of the earwigs..i guess she passed that on to me........i am not a fan of chrysanths either....they smell.... Very Happy

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Post by thriftycrafter on Wed 18 Mar 2009 - 22:56

Crumbs this is something I've missed, I'm amazed you can stand and walk after all that work, nice to see the fags and lighter ready to go in the skip with the old roots LOL
Are you supposed to take them out of the plastic pots before putting them in the garden? I'm a kiss of death to any plant, especially expensive ones, or those with sentimental value, but perhaps that's where I've been going wrong.
Every year I promise myself that I'll take all the plants temporarily homed in pots and plant them, they've been there 10 years some of them, but they're still alive, so should I move them, maybe not this year.
Can't wait to see how they all look in a couple of months, love the spotted Laurel type shrub.

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