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Post by Fangirl Three on Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:57 pm

I have returned from the garden.

I weeded the path, forked over the vegetable patch and gave the compost heap a good prodding and forking.
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Post by The Call of the Wendigo on Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:58 pm

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Post by Nightjar on Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:58 pm

Gardening jeans! ohrly

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Post by Fangirl Three on Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:23 pm

Men's bootcut jeans from 2004. My garden's a cross-dressing retro fashion hotspot.
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Post by Nightjar on Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:00 pm

Do you have other types of housework trouser? hmm

Dusting trews? hmm

Polishing pantaloons? hmm

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Post by Fangirl Three on Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:41 pm

I do have some painting trousers (old jogging bottoms with paint all over them).
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Post by Nightjar on Sat Dec 29, 2018 8:31 pm

Daubin' joggers. happy

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Post by Fangirl Three on Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:26 pm

I am once again about to put on my gardening jeans.
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Post by Fangirl Three on Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:55 pm

That was such a strenuous gardening session, pulling up ivy and creepers and unwanted rose stems. I'm covered in scratches.
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Post by The Call of the Wendigo on Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:28 pm

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Post by Fangirl Three on Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:50 pm

But I did get to do a Harrison Chase impression when I was feeding stuff into the shredder.
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Post by Fangirl Three on Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:51 pm

Here is my smiley recreation of Seeds of Doom, btw:

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Post by Fangirl Three on Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:27 pm

I pruned the apple tree this afternoon. I also uprooted the ivy and dug out the roots of a dead bush with the Neverbend Rootbreaker (which you may remember from the old HOTW). And I piled earth round the bottom of compost heap 2 so the wasps can't get in again this year.
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Post by Butterfield on Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:32 pm

I too did some pruning this weekend. I read that, despite the cold weather, one can prune the ribus blackcurrant shrub which had become very woody and with too many little trunks forming. So I got the pruning saw out and cut some of them out and reduced the height of the woody thicker branches, allowing the newer thinner ones to thrive - and it's those ones which produce the fruit apparently, not that I ever pick the blackcurrants - I leave that to the birds. shifty

I also cut down an unneeded hawthorn which had pretty much turned into a little tree and little ash or mountain ash which never really does anything.
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Post by Fangirl Three on Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:45 pm

I'm once again about to put on my gardening jeans, and prune the buddleia.
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Post by Fangirl Three on Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:14 pm

I pruned that buddleia good.
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Post by Butterfield on Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:24 pm

I pruned the buddleia this weekend too! I remember reading a few years ago that you could do that in February. I didn't cut it right down to almost the ground this time though but just took the height out of it, down to probably about 5ft. Last year I was shocked at just how quickly it grew from the stump I chopped it down to. Within days there were new shoots coming out of the old wood and it just shot up - probably the quickest-growing shrub I know of. Then it displayed huge white flowers which attract butterflies. happy

A standard purple variety set itself at the other end of the garden last year which should grow more this year.
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Post by Fangirl Three on Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:26 pm

It's like we're buddleia buddies love them

It's been a while since I cut mine back to the ground - I wouldn't dare try now, it's about 15ft high.
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Post by flibbington2.0 on Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:41 pm

The blackberries look like they're about to become edible sometime in the next week. They're starting to develop some colour.
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Post by Butterfield on Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:41 pm

Fangirl Three wrote:It's like we're buddleia buddies love them

It's been a while since I cut mine back to the ground - I wouldn't dare try now, it's about 15ft high.

I'm sure I read that you get more flowers on newer shoots in the summer, hence why people cut them right down at the beginning of the year - but that didn't seem to be the case with mine last year which just seemed to have the same amount of flowers as normal.
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