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Lifting and Shifting

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Now that the Open days are over, I have been able to do a few jobs that were niggling me.

My beautiful Malus ‘Red Sentinel’ has become an absolute Eyesore this year. It has terrible Scab damage and has not grown at all this season. So that had to come out. I just don’t have the time or energy to fight with Apple Scab any more, and I don’t want the other Crabs to succumb as they are all really healthy at the moment. A gap was left, but filled by moving the Conifer Abies Koreana, which left a hole in the turf which has now been filled and re-seeded.

This is where the Abies Koreana was before…at the right side in front of the pond..

And here is how things are now after the removal of the scabby Malus….

Ground Cover Rose ‘Showmeesunshine’ had deteriorated terribly, so that came out today and I moved another conifer, Picea remontii (which was in Heuchera Corner) into that space. I also removed all of the Aurinia which was getting past its best, and the herbaceous potentillas which really were not growing in my soil.

Here is the Picea moved in to the space. It will be so much better through the winter months and was getting cramped in Heuchera Corner.

Then I started on the Heuchera corner. I decided I didn’t like the Magnolia in there, so that came out and is now at the back of meditation corner. Then I took out the patio rose at the front and planted three small sections of a lime green heuchera where the rose and the Picea had been.

Heuchera corner re-jigged now…

Magnolia in her new home….

As usual, once you remove something, other things have to be moved as well, so there was more work. Hostas went into shadier spots, Crocosmia moved in to the sun…that kind of thing. Luckily the soil here at the moment is very wet and so it was easy to get things out, and hopefully they will get rooted in quickly in their new positions too. Its always risky moving things, especially in the summer….but I’ve never been one for obeying the rules of gardening! Far too impatient and gung ho! Usually it works out fine……

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Hi Karen, you've been busy!!, I'm like you, I don't stick to the rules either,😊😊😊 Derek.

21 Jul, 2019

 

Deep breaths & relax mate!
Have a few nice drinks, watch the light change, enjoy the warmth & go to bed knowing you did a really good job!!!

21 Jul, 2019

 

Heuchera corner looks great, especially with a little space around the individuals to appreciate their beauty.

22 Jul, 2019

 

I thought you were going to have a short rest and get your breath back???

22 Jul, 2019

 

Thanks all! I am having a rest today. Its horrible..windy and wet outdoors.

22 Jul, 2019

 

It all looks stunning, as for moving stuff, sounds like some bigger things got moved as well. Lucky you having some damp soil, it's going to be a major job just keeping things alive this week as the forecast stands - hot, hot and more hot!

22 Jul, 2019

 

Thinking if this is the way forward, all this heat, might have to think about moving to Scotland! Just think no Lily Beetles (yet) and less chance of all the invaders from across the Channel. Sounds good.

22 Jul, 2019

 

One photo of outdoors today would put you right off!

22 Jul, 2019

 

Karen you just cannot sit can you, saying that your changes do look good, I love the Heuchera Corner, they struggle here so most are still in pots, I keep trying various places in the garden but although they survive I cannot say they thrive..I don't stick to the rules either, that is much too boring, anyway our seasons have changed since they were made so in my opinion its best to use your noddle and work accordingly...We have high winds but its been so hot I retreated indoors, going to get hotter as the week progresses, lovely for people on holiday but too much for me these days..

22 Jul, 2019

 

I can't cope with it either Sue. Thankfully here it rarely gets to 20C! I think we might get 23 this week. The sun has just come out within the last few minutes, but its still windy. I 'can' sit though. I actually slept most of the afternoon (but I did do a strength work-out this morning!). And I am knitting a shawl for Rachel's wedding too, so I do sometimes have to sit! :)

22 Jul, 2019

 

It all looks good, Karen. I’m glad to hear you do sometimes sit down! The hosta alongside heuchera corner looks beautiful. I gave up on all but one, which is in a pot, and usually ends the season looking like a lace curtain! I do love hostas, though.

22 Jul, 2019

 

Thanks Melchi. I was just thinking tonight....I love those Hostas, but boy they are slug food. That one is Orange Marmalade.

22 Jul, 2019

 

There is no way you would be able to move plants around like that, if you lived here!! It is very hot at the moment, and the soil is bone dry!! It all looks splendid, and I hope they will be happy in their new positions.....

22 Jul, 2019

 

Lol...bone dry....lol! (Karen sighs at the thought of warm sunshine)..we had a sunny month last year. Now we are paying for it!!

23 Jul, 2019

 

It all looks wonderful, Karen. Like you I have been looking at my main flower bed and have decided to make some changes. It involves some moving about and perhaps a trip to the garden centre. 😀

23 Jul, 2019

 

Exciting Linda! I moved a few more things today. I think it's mostly just relief at getting the garden back for myself and being able to do just what I want. :) Whoa, hasn't it been a scorcher? Started out this morning in long jeans and a long sleeved t-shirt, it was like autumn again. Then suddenly the heating got switched on outdoors!

23 Jul, 2019

 

It was blinking 30°c at 8pm tonight in Manchester. I didn't like it but my outdoor chillies & peppers may? I sowed some Italian sweet peppers, they're getting to 3 foot tall now! I knew it was a good South facing area but this heat is noticeably giving them a boost. I only grew them to see what would happen thinking they'd be rubbish but now I'm thinking I may get a useable crop.
Hopefully redden my toms too...

23 Jul, 2019

 

Yes, should do. Its been bizarre as usual here. Went out this am with dogs in thick long sleeved top and jeans...not warm enough really. Got home, and next thing you know, some bu***r in the sky turns on the heating..three bars...and we’re all sweating and running for the shade. It will probably snow tomorrow. :) The weather here is utterly idiotic!

23 Jul, 2019

 

It's scorching here, has just dried up all the beautiful rain we had last night, so pleased we decided not to go with the family to France....it's 41 there!! too much for me, would have died from heat stroke!!...•́ ‿ ,•̀

24 Jul, 2019

 

My you have got a lot done Karen, like you I don`t follow rules when it comes to the garden and move things often as they say when it shouldn`t be done. I really wanted to have a go at the long border by the trogg folly but it has been either baking hot or pouring with rain ... what a peculiar mix of weather we seem to be having and the summer seems to be galloping away.
I love the way your pond area is developing and I think the Abies Koreana has a beautiful shape to it.

28 Jul, 2019

 

Thank you both! I have had a good look at the moved plants tonight, and they all look great. No sign of wilting on anything, so I think I’ve got away with it. Just spent three hours feeding my roses, clematis etc.

28 Jul, 2019

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