All change – day 1 of resurrected blog

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The camera on my phone is misbehaving but yes, it was also pretty gloomy here today. Working on the hot beds in the main garden. The dahlias are all dug up and put away. I’ve done the main chop back of the perennials in these beds and am now titivating them: roses pruned, salvias dug up for overwintering in polytunnel, and am doing a detailed weed especially of the central delphinium clumps which will need covering in sharp sand before the surrounding tulips and wallflowers can be planted.

Catching up

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Rose harvesting her potatoes
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Sweet pea netting working well
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Deadheading gazebo tubs paying off
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Black eyed susan hanging baskets getting going
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Excelsa rose arch at its peak for our 22nd wedding anniversary last weekend
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Cutting back the bay tree so we can actually use the path to the garden tap

Poppies

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These are not mine, but by Georgia O’Keeffe. I went to visit them on Monday with a dear friend and was reminded that my own oriental poppies need attention after flowering. I cut them to the ground yesterday when the temperature soared to over 85 degrees. Because they have those highly irritant prickles I had to do so in arm length gauntlets which was not ideal clothing under such weather conditions. They will sprout quickly especially if I remember to give them a watering and liquid feed tomorrow (forgot today!)

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