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Lyn and Malcolms Garden Blog
Another busy day in the garden.
We split up some more plants, and planted a few new ones. This enabled me to top
dress all of Lyn's front garden while she was at a Hardy Plant Society meeting
We will still have a few new plants to put in later, plus more Lilies when they
arrive around early March.
The Clematis have been fed with Sulphate of Potash to help them produce flowers.
This week we received two private bookings for July. Lyn thought this year may
be a little quieter for the number of visitors to our garden, due to the
financial climate. I guess we probably will get less visitors this year, last
year was an all time record for us. We will have to wait and see.
Lyn's garden looking quite bare after the plants
are cut down and the top dressing applied, the dark top dressing shows up the
labels, but given another month and you won't see them.
Most of the day was spent in the garden again today. Saw
two ladybirds, a Red Admiral and a first of the year Lily Beetle.
We cut the neighbors hedge, well our side, then we continued to move a few
plants and split some more which were out growng their allotted space.
A late afternoon trip to the garden centre, to get six
bags of 'farmyard manure' finished off the day.
We are building up to applying a top dressing of 50% farmyard manure, mixed with
50% of any cheap potting compost, hopefully in the next two weeks.
Lyn still has a few plants to move and some more to put in before the top
The neighbors hedge which we grow Clematis up.
Just some of the plants we split and potted up over the weekend
This last week has been a busy one for us. We had our
cavity walls insulated on Thursday, which needed a lot of preparation on our
I had to take two roof panels out of our conservatory, and four panels out of
the passage roof. The passage had to have all the over wintering plants taken
out, and the plants in the conservatory had to be moved to one end, so the
insulation installers could gain access on ladders to drill the holes in the
walls of the house.
I must say that the two installers worked hard, and were very pleasant.
We spent the next day refitting the roof panels and moving the plants back to
their original positions.
Today we repotted all the dahlias we have, and where able to divide a few up for
sale later in the year.
We also split up several plants in the garden, and have quite a few more to do,
also we need to move a few plants around in the garden that are in the wrong
place, and plant a few new ones.
A few of the plants we split up today, for the
plant stall on our open days.
Plants in flower in the garden today
Iris reticulata 'Pauline'
And the plants and roof of the passage we had to remove for the cavity wall
insulation to be carried out.
Proof of how much earlier plants are starting to flower
this year, due to the mild winter.
Crocus tommasinianus 'Roseus'
Picture taken today 10th January
Picture taken 7th February 2011
A new year has started in the garden.
Today I sowed the first seeds in pots in the propagator, we don't want huge
quantities of plants from seed, just a good selection, that is why we only sow
them in pots.
We also don't have much room here for too much propagation of seed. As soon as
they come up we have to transfer them to our kitchen, under a grow light, on top
of one of the worktops.
I spent the rest of the day in Lyn's front garden, cutting
down the group 3 clematis, hard prune ones. And made a start on the group 2,
lightly prune ones.
Group 2 and 3 (light and hard prune) clematis
Group 2 and 3 (light and hard prune) clematis after
Pots of seeds in our homemade propagator. Just a plastic box with sharp sand and
a soil warming cable on a thermostat in the bottom.
Then we have a clear plastic top with a growlamp above it.
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