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What's Going On In Your Garden?

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Gosport Nancy

Now that the sunnier days have arrived, I have made all sorts of plans for my tiny patch of a garden.

 

I started making plans for the spring, months ago and have now finally got started.

 

This is what greeted me a couple of weeks ago and today I planted 4 plug plants of ground covered and knackered myself so will have to try again another day :)

 

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This is the ground cover I planted....I shall have to wait and see if it is anything like the pic next year

 

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Delightful ,@Gosport Nancy , well done. Well worth the effort. :clap2:

 

:moonieman:


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Sunny?

 

It's been frosty and wet here for a week!

 

Mind you, February my April-May flowering Victoria Plum flowered.  I live in dread of a heavy hail shower. I'll loose all my plums and my cherries, which are almost done flowering.  

 

The weeds are taking over, and it's raining so I can't get rid of them.  Not those weeds.  Meadow buttercup, horsetail, brambles, wild roses, bindweed, dandelions (a couple of chaffinch help quite a bit there) and dock - which gets to five feet tall if given space.  Mine have space.  

 

Ive bedding perennials to put out but I have to clear the weeds yet.  It's yellow clay here, fork-bending stuff.  

 

Think I might have viral conjunctivitis.  

 

 

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Gosport Nancy

@Happymama Most of my weeds are gone now but I only have a tiny patch to work with.

 

I zap weeds with vinegar in the evening then wait for a bit of rain to soften the ground slightly then use a hand held rotavating tool to loosen the weeds then pull them out by hand,

 

I'm now waiting for a huge bag of all purpose compost to turn up so I can spread it over the patchy beds to break down the lumps

30 minutes ago, Happymama said:

Sunny?

 

It's been frosty and wet here for a week!

 

Mind you, February my April-May flowering Victoria Plum flowered.  I live in dread of a heavy hail shower. I'll loose all my plums and my cherries, which are almost done flowering.  

 

The weeds are taking over, and it's raining so I can't get rid of them.  Not those weeds.  Meadow buttercup, horsetail, brambles, wild roses, bindweed, dandelions (a couple of chaffinch help quite a bit there) and dock - which gets to five feet tall if given space.  Mine have space.  

 

Ive bedding perennials to put out but I have to clear the weeds yet.  It's yellow clay here, fork-bending stuff.  

 

Think I might have viral conjunctivitis.  

 

 

 

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My weeds have gone MENTAL.  Tackling them tomorrow.  Dock, dandelion, meadow clover, horsetail, cleavers (sticky jacks), nettles, grass ... my front garden is nearly a food deep in them.  Weed suppression measures coming.

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18 minutes ago, Happymama said:

My weeds have gone MENTAL.  Tackling them tomorrow.  Dock, dandelion, meadow clover, horsetail, cleavers (sticky jacks), nettles, grass ... my front garden is nearly a food deep in them.  Weed suppression measures coming.

Same here but mostly on the grass. I soak the weeds with vinegar in the evening then have been digging them up the next morning. Bald patches have been raked over and covered in grass seed. I reckon this will go on all summer, but hopefully we'll have some grass to see next spring :)

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Revived!

 

The Victoria plum this year flowered a month early, rather than two but all the plums have shrivelled to brown leather with the drought we had since February.  Lost the lot. The Cherries are half sized and so panicked by the lack of water they're starting to turn colour now.  The other plum (that should be a pear tree, THOMPSON AND MORGAN!) has found a hitherto untapped source of water and has large already plums in their thousands, so we will hopefully have clafoutis, jam and crumbles.  

 

I now have three elders in good places so elderberry wine will be made.   

 

The grass is a disaster, too much shade and the dogs wear roads in it.  I'm going to plant most of it with shade loving plants like hostas and a climbing hydrangea which I hope will get over the garage in the search for light.  It's a north facing side of the garage.   Then I'll put a path in and sell the mower. It'll be a relief.   Bit of time and effort to get there though.  

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Gosport Nancy

Growing wild on a hedge on the edge of our backyard

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Marina

I can't quite tell from the photo @Gosport Nancy as I'm not too sure how the leaves look in the photo, but might the white flower be bindweed?

 

Is the pink flower a wild rose (looking at the buds)?


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Gosport Nancy

@Marina You are spot on.That's bindweed (we called it 'granny pop out of bed' as children) and a wild rose.

 

I was just attempting to show the random beauty on a hedge.

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The wild rose is indeed beautiful! :rose:

 

Are you able to yank out the bindweed, though? Despite its pretty white trumpet-like flower, It can be a bugger of a weed to get rid of, but can literally end up strangling any other plant in its way, hence its being called "bind" weed as it binds to and winds itself around other plants and ends up squeezing them to death (you may already know this, I'm mentioning it for the sake of those who might not :flowerface:).


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1 minute ago, Marina said:

The wild rose is indeed beautiful! :rose:

 

Are you able to yank out the bindweed, though? Despite its pretty white trumpet-like flower, It can be a bugger of a weed to get rid of, but can literally end up strangling any other plant in its way, hence its being called "bind" weed as it binds to and winds itself around other plants and ends up squeezing them to death (you may already know this, I'm mentioning it for the sake of those who might not :flowerface:).

I am not going to yank out such a beautiful plant as it appears every year and is looked forward to. I have not noticed it causing any issues with other plants as the roses turn up every year too

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Marina

That's fair enough, Nancy :hippy: but just in case you start to have problems with it in future years:

 

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Gosport Nancy

@Marina This is growing on waste ground which is maintained by the local council, who have never thought it an issue worth addressing.

 

The info you posted was to do with the plant growing in borders in private gardens.

 

Thanks for you interest :)

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I have bindweed and had to glyco a lot, and what's remaining is choking a bramble so hopefully will kill it.  It comes out inside our conservatory too, or did until I slay it.  

 

We also have horsetail, which I just pull up and burn.  You have to move house to get rid of it.  It's immune to everything, including thermonuclear war.  And spreads.  Grows through tarmac.  No flowers even, unlike the Welsh Poppies that have self seeded all over.  

 

I've ordered bedding plants from crocus today.  Have to dig very heavy clay, and add fine grit before they arrive.  

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Gosport Nancy

@Happymama I've had all kinds of twiney plants in my garden at times, and like you, I pull it all up.I have let the borders grass over now and keep my plants in tubs.I still scatter lots of wildflower seeds about thoush to add random splashes of colour

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