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How's your garden looking after fine weather and time?

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2 hours ago, jelida said:

If anybody can correct the pics orientation, please do!

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On 5/22/2020 at 9:58 AM, Rob said:

Correct. Since the hedgehogs returned three years ago we haven't seen more than the occasional slug. :)

Just need to retrain them to get rid of the cats.

 

I love seeing cats in the garden. My own cat normally sees them off though. 

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2 hours ago, jelida said:

Excellent piece of work.....though I tend to find that I have to put in diagonal braces to stop wobble after a while, even when bolted.  I am starting barn shelving out of 3x2” pine and 18mm shuttering ply later today, wife and I put last coat of limewash on the wall this morning. The homestead is almost starting to look tidy,  have spent the last couple of months laying flagstones and cobbles!

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Your place will look a dream when it's all done. Looks pretty good now.

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C'mon, just a bit more. B)

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Been waiting ages for this Meconopsis to flower. :)

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Wow- very difficult to do.

Getting them to survive the winter is a pig.

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sorted out the patio seating area finally- wife very happy.

Found a nice place for some stained glass panels.

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It's a riot of colour really early this year.

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Constantly hassled by a robin we've been training.

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10 hours ago, blakeyboy said:

Wow- very difficult to do.

Getting them to survive the winter is a pig.

At one point I thought we'd lost it as it disappeared from view entirely.

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21 hours ago, blakeyboy said:

It's a riot of colour really early this year.

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21 hours ago, blakeyboy said:

Constantly hassled by a robin we've been training.

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Both superb photos Blake. Your garden looks great, as you say a riot of colour. I do like those well stocked gardens. Then the robin pic is just so rural. For such a small bird they're remarkably confident around humans.

It was crappy job time for me today. Noticed the number of windows caked in dried on bird muck, and also the drain needed cleaning out. Put it off all day until 7:30pm, and then went out armed with bowl of hot soapy water, sponge and brillo pads. Not the pleasantest of tasks but had to be done, and didn't take too long. Also a bit cooler then with a refreshing breeze.

The drain was a lot easier than it normally is, as the detritus was so dry. Managed to remove it all in a few seconds and just rinse the grating. Mostly leaves.  

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Yes- i have an awning that I threw up years ago- wooden frame and polycarbonate, and once the sheeting had got old, a big hailstorm

shot it, so this year, with more time and loads of sun, i decided to change it- imperial sheet out, metric sheet on.

What a laugh. All with a grape vine to be supported through out the job....

Most important, I've discovered- if you are into tropical or tender plants, you must have a not in, but not out,

halfway house, where you can drag plants under for the winter, This gives a bit of shelter from low temperatures, but more importantly,

gives you control over watering. Keeping things on the dry side is like an extra 5˚ of frost hardiness.

The best money I've ever spent is on this awning.

Mind you, when it fell to bits, i did sing   'Awning has broken'  , so I kept up standards.:)

I've only got 10 by 5 metres to work with, and in a way, it's good.

I have so  many friends with 5 acres+, and they are not in control of 30% of any of it.

All my investments have been in equipment, not houses, so the small garden is a lovely indulgence, not a chore......

Picture from window. early in the year, so all the tropical leaves etc haven't woken up properly yet.

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While the awning was in bits, i scarily got the ladders to the guttering and fixed a leak- pva glue into a crack that will hopefully cure the drip.

Great to gawp into all the gardens in the street for once.

Such a shame this year- everyones gardens are fab, but no-one can see them!

Here's a pick for Ozjohn- a caesalpinia gilliessii in a border in the UK bit of a rarity - no flowers yet...I wrap it each year but it may be worth the wait.....

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Here's a shot of how pleasing just the foliage of Canna 'Durban' can be with the sun shining through it.....

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1 hour ago, blakeyboy said:

The best money I've ever spent is on this awning.

Mind you, when it fell to bits, i did sing   'Awning has broken'  , so I kept up standards.:)

 

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garden shed painted in a beach hut style

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11 hours ago, 1949threepence said:

 

Both superb photos Blake. Your garden looks great, as you say a riot of colour. I do like those well stocked gardens. Then the robin pic is just so rural. For such a small bird they're remarkably confident around humans.

It was crappy job time for me today. Noticed the number of windows caked in dried on bird muck, and also the drain needed cleaning out. Put it off all day until 7:30pm, and then went out armed with bowl of hot soapy water, sponge and brillo pads. Not the pleasantest of tasks but had to be done, and didn't take too long. Also a bit cooler then with a refreshing breeze.

The drain was a lot easier than it normally is, as the detritus was so dry. Managed to remove it all in a few seconds and just rinse the grating. Mostly leaves.  

Bloody spellcheck changing 'beer' into 'breeze'...drives you mad.....

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3 hours ago, blakeyboy said:

Bloody spellcheck changing 'beer' into 'breeze'...drives you mad.....

Either way you get wind.....

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Baby blue tits are just stupid fluffy lumps!

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I'm very jealous of your birds Blake. Even the stupid fluffy ones. :)

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Where is mum with my breakfast?

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He gets all the birds

Don't tell his missus

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On the subject of tits I had a couple in a nest in a wall once that produced eight chicks - that must have been one busy nest

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EIGHT?????!!!

How the hell did two birds find enough caterpillars to raise that lot????

It must have been like Heathrow....

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There were two in the bush worth just as much...

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