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sandonia

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Gramaisc

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The rose bush at the front gate has got going again. It's a remarkably independent thing, it's had no outside maintenance for many years, beyond me snipping a few cuttings off it last year. Two of them are establishing themselves nicely now and I have three more in pots, in reserve.

Nextdoor have removed their failing front garden hedge and replaced it with a wall. I intend to run a rose hedge along my side of it (eventually) and hope to get a good few more cuttings going over this winter - we'll see.

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In places, you can hardly see the leaves.

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proactive

Enjoying a drop of red.
The rose bush at the front gate has got going again. It's a remarkably independent thing, it's had no outside maintenance for many years, beyond me snipping a few cuttings off it last year. Two of them are establishing themselves nicely now and I have three more in pots, in reserve.

Nextdoor have removed their failing front garden hedge and replaced it with a wall. I intend to run a rose hedge along my side of it (eventually) and hope to get a good few more cuttings going over this winter - we'll see.

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In places, you can hardly see the leaves.

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We have two of these rose bushes. One in France, which does really well considering how little water it gets and another at home, which was brought over as a cutting from France. It's massive and never needs anything doing to it apart from the occasional dead heading.
 

Mudgie

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We have two of these rose bushes. One in France, which does really well considering how little water it gets and another at home, which was brought over as a cutting from France. It's massive and never needs anything doing to it apart from the occasional dead heading.
"which was brought over as a cutting from France" - before Brexit presumably !
 

proactive

Enjoying a drop of red.
"which was brought over as a cutting from France" - before Brexit presumably !
Don't see what Brexit has to do with it as you're allowed to bring all items of food and drink plus healthy plants back from the EU to UK post Brexit. It's only if you're going from UK to EU that there are prohibited items. However, the French seem back to their apparent laissez-fair attitude to border controls (Channel Tunnel wise, at least) and just seemed to wave everybody through, as before.

But yes, many, many years before Brexit.
 

BobClay

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Today was such a burner !!! I sat out on the back lawn making a passing imitation of a fried egg, when I noticed this bush/tree/plant type thing in the bottom corner. (You may gather from this I'm not the world's greatest gardener !! A quite reasonable assumption.) Anyway, I've never seen it do this before, I thought 'there must be something wrong with it.' But .. who am I to mess with 'great eternal plans.'
Can't deny it looks pretty good though, and the bees seem to fly about it a bit.

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BobClay

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I've got Plantnet (and Birdnet) on my phone. But I figure even a plant has a right to privacy .... :heyhey:
 

Gramaisc

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What's this? It's growing wild, or feral, on the roadside. I meant to collect seeds last year, but failed - I will try to make more effort this time.

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proactive

Enjoying a drop of red.
Mowed the patch of dry grassland that used to be a lawn yesterday. Disturbed a largish adder in the process, which caused us both a bit of panic, then narrowly avoided hoovering up a large wasps nest down the bottom end of the garden (now disposed of thanks to a neighbour) and ended up sweating buckets and feeling severely dehydrated for my efforts.

And the garden still doesn't look any better...
 

Gadget

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I forgot to update, we were busy out there last week.

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Put together and painted then planted the new strawberry planter, planted up our only (so far) flower bed. Planted up the pea bed we'd made a couple of weeks ago. We also planted up a nice pot of the snap dragons we've grown and had a very nice second harvest of rhubarb. The tomatoes are continuing to go mad. The peas are podding nicely.
 

Gramaisc

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I get the odd sycamore popping up and I generally remove them - but, for the last few years, leafcutter bees has been using this one. For some reason, they find it preferable to any of the others that become available, so it can stay here for them.

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Their harvesting procedure doesn't seem to bother the plant much and is even quite decorative.
 

Gramaisc

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I stuck a load of cuttings in today, mostly Escallonia and Rose, as last year, but with a few odd bits of other stuff.

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They're straight into soil this time, rather than in pots, as watering won't be guaranteed, so they might stand more chance, we'll see. That soil is quite nice stuff, it's had a couple of years off, loads of 'material' added and been really stirred up through the summer, so it's very fine stuff - and the last day's rain has wetted it all again nicely. Also, they don't get a great deal of direct Sun there, but it's light enough, I think, and probably one of the damper areas of the garden.

One of last year's rose cuttings has really got going.

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Also, as the signs are that the immediate summer is over, the summer jacket was washed last night - and dried by solar means today.

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Gramaisc

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Three rose cuttings that I was keeping for spares from last year have not done so well in their pots, but I've put them out in the final locations - we'll see if they get going from here.

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BobClay

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If you hear them make a sort of rattling noise .... !!! Leg it immediately !!!

(Bob Clay's gardening tip of the day on how to avoid Triffid stings.)

..... (Which is about the limit of my gardening knowledge ... :P)
 
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