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Posted: 02 Jul 2018, 05:38
The front garden this morning. The mint recovered well after being beaten down by the rain and because it is so deep rooted isn't suffering at all as yet from the dry weather.
Posted: 02 Jul 2018, 09:24
You're going to be eating a lot of lamb!
Posted: 03 Jul 2018, 03:58
Mutton Tiz..... My next half sheep is due this week......
Posted: 04 Jul 2018, 22:07
This has just started to flower. I think it's an Acanthus. I'd only previously heard of acanthus scrolls on Victorian furniture - now I realise I've got one.
Posted: 09 Jul 2018, 05:07
I have mentioned the corner of our front garden needing attention after being trampled in next door's construction work...
Blow me down! The most magnificent purple/blue Iris has sprung into bloom among the mayhem. Such a delight to see as I didn't think anything had survived.
Posted: 09 Jul 2018, 05:38
Bit like the Poppies on Flanders Fields Maz.
Posted: 31 Aug 2018, 21:05
A big surprise for us today our Yucca gloriosa Variegata– (Spanish Dagger, Candle Yucca) started to flower. Its been in the garden 14 years and never done a thing. Mind you the weeping willow next to it got blown over twice onto it completely flattening it.
Posted: 01 Sep 2018, 01:59
Must have enjoyed the dry weather?
Posted: 01 Sep 2018, 03:09
Posted: 03 Sep 2018, 06:26
The front garden this morning. We are past peak mint and it is starting to go backwards but all in all it has survived well.
Posted: 20 Sep 2018, 09:46
The front garden today. Getting a bit bedraggled now as the season progresses.....
Posted: 20 Sep 2018, 09:53
I'm jealous - all the mint that I cunningly blagged from neighbours and Gumtree sellers and potted up so it wouldn't spread - has died. Perhaps it's nature's way of anticipating the high price of lamb these days.
Posted: 21 Sep 2018, 02:52
Not as appetising as it looks David. The worst tasting of the various mints I planted originally have proved to be the most vigorous and have almost completely ousted the good ones. But very popular with the wild life and doesn't need any maintenance!
Posted: 27 Sep 2018, 16:38
My muck heap is in excellent well rotted condition at the moment if anyone wants any. I'm going to bag some up over the weekend.
Posted: 27 Sep 2018, 17:05
Sally says yes please Wendy, early next week OK? Will bring Cols de-solder pump back as well.
Posted: 27 Sep 2018, 17:52
That will be fine Ian. No plans for next week except for Wednesday morning.
Posted: 27 Sep 2018, 18:47
Smashing Wendy, I'll see how my chauffeur is fixed.
Posted: 28 Sep 2018, 02:34
A couple of years ago I would have asked for half a bag for the mint but I think from the way it grows the large injection by David Whipp about three years ago is still working fine!
Posted: 28 Sep 2018, 11:10
If you've got mostly mint then it doesn't need manure, that will just send it berserk! Those herbs grow well in the wild without any extra help.
Posted: 29 Sep 2018, 02:01
Yes, but that's exactly what I wanted, weed smothering is it's main job! Zero maintenance...... but green and attractive to the insects.
Posted: 05 Nov 2018, 08:36
The front garden this morning. I have Wendy's clippers for TLC and took advantage by cutting the dead mint stalks back. I have to finish the job and tidy up yet but a good blow! Thanks Wendy!
Posted: 05 Nov 2018, 08:47
I'll have to bring them to you for sharpening every Autumn!
Posted: 05 Nov 2018, 10:40
My shears constantly undo themselves - anyone know how to cure that? I've tightened them back up of course, and tried a different washer, but eventually gave up like a gentleman, and bought a new cheap pair on ebay.
Should have put them in the boot when I visited Stanley.
Posted: 05 Nov 2018, 10:48
I've polished Her Majesty's shears and sharpened them.
The loosening of the pivot nut can be a problem David. A strong spring washer under the head helps and if it keeps coming undone a drop of super-glue can help. If all else fails, mark the thread with a punch.
I've cut the remaining few stalks and swept the paths..... That'll do for the time being!
Posted: 06 Nov 2018, 05:04
The backs of my legs are giving me hell! There is a price to pay for tidiness!