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PaulPlants
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Spring clean

Post by PaulPlants » Thu Mar 06, 2014 10:42 pm

The great weather today encouraged me out there to get cracking on the spring tidy! Unwanted bamboos trimmed, evergreens and dogwoods pruned and last years basjoo and Gunnera leaves cleared away. Only a few jobs done but I can already see a big difference!
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Huge pile of Musa leaves
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I love the alien appearance of the emerging Gunnera leaves


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Re: Spring clean

Post by multim » Fri Mar 07, 2014 10:30 am

A good time to look for unwelcome weeds before they take hold, such as bird-sown holly and ivy.
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Re: Spring clean

Post by kata » Fri Mar 07, 2014 10:38 am

Also Couchgrass, I removed loads and I see it popping up again,

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Re: Spring clean

Post by Deedee » Fri Mar 07, 2014 11:38 am

I did a soring clean a couple of weeks ago, even cut the grass but nothing since Paul, i can't wait to rearrange borders etc, forecast looks good this weekend so hoping to get stuck in.


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Re: Spring clean

Post by Nigel Fear » Fri Mar 07, 2014 6:39 pm

Looks like that Gunnera's about to start romping away Paul, how long till it's in full leaf?


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Re: Spring clean

Post by cordyman » Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:06 pm

This is the Springs I love, dry, sunny, and early in March. Great start to the growing season, after the washout mild winter!


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Re: Spring clean

Post by fern Rob » Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:08 pm

I have already finished my spring cleaning of the garden, ready now for the plants to grow.
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Re: Spring clean

Post by PaulPlants » Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:44 pm

Multim & Kata - I don't have too much trouble with weeds... I'm chock-a-block with plants! Couch grass is a pain, no holly seedlings and the ivy I let grow (controlled!)... But I've always loved it! I also get lots of annual Euphorbia seedlings but I enjoy those filling the (tiny) gaps!

Deedee - me too! I have a whole area to dip up and replant... I will do on my next day off (working in retail, weekends as most know them come rarely!).

Nigel, I would say the Gunnera is slightly ahead of last year, but only by a week or two. I've attached a pic of it in May last year. I got some HUGE leave last year... Can't wait to see what this year offers!

Cordyman... I'm excited like you!

Without too much frost I should have Musa leaves in a few weeks!
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Gunners 23 May 2013


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Re: Spring clean

Post by PaulPlants » Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:47 pm

Nigel - I've attached a pic of the Gunnera in August 2013 too... It was great
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Re: Spring clean

Post by fern Rob » Mon Mar 10, 2014 12:07 am

Now its time for spring planning for the future of the garden .
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Re: Spring clean

Post by Mr List » Mon Mar 10, 2014 1:15 am

how come the gunnera doesn't stretch forward and swamp the smaller plants?
do you do anything to keep it upright


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Re: Spring clean

Post by pdid » Mon Mar 10, 2014 7:45 am

PaulPlants wrote:Nigel - I've attached a pic of the Gunnera in August 2013 too... It was great
Great planting.

I'm yet to do my Spring tidy although everything is now unwrapped. It'll get done at the back end of March when I pot up canna and dahlia.


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Re: Spring clean

Post by Nigel Fear » Mon Mar 10, 2014 6:41 pm

That August shot looks great Paul. 8)
Amazing how things put on so much growth in so little time, I've added a timer system to help with some of my own borders, yours looks as though it requires a lot of moisture, do you water mostly, or have a timer?


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Re: Spring clean

Post by PaulPlants » Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:05 pm

Mr List - the Gunnera is standing there by itself. I did have to remove one HUGE leaf from the front of the border (and I took a week to pluck up the courage). But as it is planted on a north facing border it stretches tall to peer over the brick wall for some sunshine. It's in complete shade until it's 4ft tall.

Nigel - I do water, but not every day. I have added massive amount of compost and underneath that is heavy clay which stays moist all summer under all that humus. On the days I do water, it's given a lot! It has taken maybe 8 years to get this size... But this summer it will be even more amazing!

I must add, if you plant a Gunnera, plant it where you can touch it. The leaves are like corse sandpaper and the stems look so sharp and evil, but they are rubbery spikes that don't harm!


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Re: Spring clean

Post by dorothy » Sun Mar 16, 2014 9:22 pm

The weather has been absolutely gorgeous today. Got the lawn mowed, done loads of weeding then sprinkled loads of chicken pellets round the garden then gave everything a good water. My tree ferns are looking great, still got all their fronds :D


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