What did you do in your garden today?


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Didn't do anything today as it was too wet, But dry enough to play golf in the morning. Things planned for tomorrow. Should be dry for most of the week.
In the afternoon I watched some tennis and American football I'd recorded on TV
This evening I taught myself to play The Ronettes "Be My Baby" on my leccy piano, then watched "The Dublin Murders" on TV.

I like to keep myself occupied.
 
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I sorted out my pot movers. Spayed all the wheels with WD40 to make sure they move easily, so easy for them to tip over with just three wheels as they are so heavy, cermic pots are so easy to break. The movers are designed that way, as with four wheels they might wobble on uneven patios. A couple of the bases were a bit cracked so I'll be replacing them and getting 4 more for the David Austin roses which are coming at the beginning of next month.

Tried to get some more green ones, but no one has them in stock. So I've ordered these. These have four wheels, but that will be fine as patios are level. Only £4.62 each, plus free delivery.


Still too wet to do any proper gardening, so I watched Kiki Bertens beat No 1 Ashley Barty, on TV. She was only a late replacement as Naomi Osaka baled out injured yesterday. Kiki had been playing in another tournament in China until Sunday. The tounament is for the top 8 players. Bertens is only no10. Prize money for just turning up for this one game, is over $300,000. Not bad for two hours work.
She could go all; the way in this competition.
I uploaded "Be My Baby" to my Yamaha keyboard players' message board.
My piano records to WAV files so I have to use "Audacity" to convert them to mp3s. I don't think it's bad considering I'm just busking it and didn't spend a lot of time on it. This piano has a sophisticated editing suite, which I never use. "What I play is what you get."
I attempted to get a Phil Spector, "wall of sound." Bit more "wall of noise."

 
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I should have done some leaf clearing today but the lawn was far too wet. I'm hoping it stays dry until Thursday, then I'll tackle them. I may strip some off the wisterias, those that are beginning to turn.
 
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It'll be a lil nippy today (Saturday 11/2/19) in NE Ohio USA. Temps won't get much above the low 40's F with a chance of snow showers. I'll sharpen the Stihl Chain Saw, trim some Norway Spruce Trees, add leaves to my compost bins, clean the house gutters and piddle in the backyard greenhouse.
 
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Our five bare root roses arrived from David Austin today. So they're "in."

I put the tags on stakes at the edge of the pots, as they can easily get buried or lost.

This won't be their final position down the middle of this paved area. Some will end up neare the French windows on the main patio.
But it's a pain to be dancing around a lot of pots on there trying to collect the wisteria leaves.

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The acer Palmatums are going their usual "fiery red" at this time of the year. How red they'll go depends how early is the first hard frost.

Although they are already shedding some of their leaves.

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This little acer has done very well, big changes in leaf colour during the year.

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This was it nine years ago.

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When it grew to this size five years ago I shaped it.

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"The alleyway of shame." The drive down the side of our house, where under-performing roses end up, between two Mayleen clematis.
The green bin lives there in front of the garage door "as a warning to them to buck their ideas up," otherwise, it's their next move.

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Not much to do in my garden anymore. We had snow a few days ago so everything is covered up for the moment. Won't finish seeding my new gardens until December. I did have plans to expand a couple of my birdhouse gardens, but that'll have to wait until next year.
 

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I still have things to do in the garden but, the weather hasn't been very good. It's either raining or there's been a frost but,it should be dry later this week coming up.
 
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Too wet to do much today.

I bought "four for three" rose/tree/shrub 50ltr compost, for our new roses. I though that might be too much, but I did use two and a bit bags, I used the rest of one bag to top up the other roses in pots.

Our new Acer Palmatum Taylor, is doing well, the leaves are just starting to turn. I'll be pruning it back a bit later in the year as it is a bit leggy.

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The blueberry bush behind it produced quite a bit of fruit this year. It's still in a smaller pot inside that ceramic one. but I'll get rid of the plastic one in the winter.

Our Sorbus always delights, with small white blossom in the Spring, bright red berries in the early Autumn now fading as the leaves turn.

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These are the last of them.

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I've more or less finished shaping our "lollypop acer" in the front garden, though it might need just a bit more in the Spring, depending how it grows. Lots of new growth on it.

Our viburnums are starting to flower.



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just came in from garden. it is cold today 34 degrees. Still have tomatoes on the vine that I was hoping would ripen a bit.
I have 18 raised beds. just put mulched leaves down in 11 of them and covered with tarps. will have to wait for the rest of the leaves to fall to cover the rest.
 

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Divided and moved a few plants today. We'll see if they make it through winter.
 
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Quite a lot today as it was quite dry and reasonably warm with some sun.

The wisteria leaves have "turned."

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So as I always do at this time of the year, I've pruned thm off. They'll get a proper prune between Christmas and New Year.

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The little acer is still hanging on.

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There's still the ones on the pergola on the side of the garage and the two on the pergola on the back of the house to be done, but that will have to wait until next week as the green bin is full.


Last of the colour in the garden.

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A couple of fuchsias hiding behind the rhodos

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I've since got the blower out and moved all the fallen leaves to the back of the border to rot down. As it slopes towards the front, any released nutrients will work their way down to the plants at the front.

I find my Flymo with its big "pick up fan" is ideal for removing fallen leaves off the lawn. There's a lot more to come from next door's trees.
 
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This is what I hope to tackle this afternoon if it stays dry, now I've stripped the dying leaves and can see "what's what."
Far too many long side shoots to be supported by several thin stems.
I'll prune a lot of them back and try to get a more balanced distribution of branches. As they are all thin and whippy, it won't be difficult.

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The leaves on the pergola on the back of the house can wait until next week.

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All done.

It doesn't look much different, but I've taken yards of unwanted side shoots off.

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I've also sorted out some of the main stems where they were crossing and re-tied them to the pergola.

I also gave the ends of the cross beams a coat of clear Cuprinol. I may give them another coat of paint a bit later in the month.

The weather's been like this all day. Clear blue skies and quite warm.
 

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