16 March 2017

Moving Grass

I haven't done a live post for a few days now, mainly due to the fact that most of that time has been spent cutting grass. As it was the first proper cut of the year I have given it a good going over and the gardens look better for it. This morning I have had several big heaps of grass cuttings to move as a result of all my hard work. Some have gone on the compost heap and the rest I have put around the Base of shrubs down the avenue.

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13 March 2017

Memorial Garden Rose Pruning

Having seen to the dogs, sheep greenhouse, been for petrol, ‎swept the front drive and harrowed the gravel parking area on the North Front I am now about to start pruning the two rose beds in the memorial gardens.

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Apricot Blossom

One of the important jobs at this time of year for me is to polinate the Apricot Blossom. I do have the doors of the conservatory open provide the weather is decent in the hope of attracting some bees or whatever indoors but there aren't to many around at the moment so around noon I get out the paint brush and tickle the flowers with it.

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9 March 2017

Woodland Daffodils.

Woodland Daffodils spotted during our evening dog walk.

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Steps Cleaning.

I've managed to get the waste ground job finished in good time so I am going to finish the day off by sweeping the back steps to the office. Up until recently these steps h‎Ave been piled high with stone slates so no chance to look after them.

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Today I am continuing to clear some waste ground behind the office. I call it waste ground because it's where the builders have been dumping roofing materials and other rubbish for the past few years. I did clear it out once before but as I say this wasn't respected so now I'm back doing it again. Hopefully it will be left alone now on account of the new wedding business that's kicking off this year. I've cleared off most of the Ivy, stones, rotting pieces of wood and now I have some light pruning and finishing touches to do.

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8 March 2017

Potting On

Before I get started on work out in the gardens I need to pot on some Banana plants that I have grown from seeds sown last year.

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Wordless Wednesday - I've Got My Eye On You.

7 March 2017

That's Another Lot Of Roses Pruned.

That's another lot of roses pruned, I just need to weed and top dress the beds when the soil dries up a bit. I had a bit of time to spare so I also swept off the paving and tidied up outside the garden house to finish off the day.

Rose Pruning

This morning I am going to be pruning the Poets Wife roses. They are two beds which we renewed a couple of years ago.

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The Easy Way To Fill A Bag.

In a previous post I said that I would try to show you what other use I have for the ring of wire netting that I used as an example. So here it is again, this time being used for it's proper purpose rather than just a model.

The purpose of the netting here is to hold open a bag while I fill it. If you've tried to fill bags with garden rubbish the last thing they want to do is to assist you by staying open which I find to be a nuisance because usually I need both hands to hold the tools I'm using so what I do is stand the ring close to where I'm working as in the picture.
Next thing it to take your bag and put it over the ring, you will obviously need the ring to be slightly smaller than the bag you are using. You could put the ring in to the bag but I prefer to put the bag over the ring if you see what I mean.
When this is done turn the whole lot the right way up so that it ends up looking like this.
Now fill with whatever you are wanting to transport in the bag making sure to keep on testing the weight because when it's easy to fill it's also easy to put too much in without realising it.
Once you have the required amount lift the ring out of the bag and Bob's your uncle, off you go to wherever you are going. In my case I'm off to feed the sheep.
This post is one of Tipp's Top Tips in memory of Tippy the Border Collie.

6 March 2017

Bedding Geraniums

I've been busy transplanting bedding Geranium seedlings for some of the time this morning. These will eventually find themselves in the South Front wall. I had a variety of plants in the wall last and previous years but it's been the Geraniums that have done the best and for longer than anything else so I am giving them star billing this year.