Six on Saturday: 2.3.19 destruction time

As we enter a new month I’ve been spending the last week and a half starting to clear and destroy ready for the new season. We’ve been in the current house for about two and a half years and I’ve given existing plants a chance. There are many lovely established plants in the garden but there are some that are wrong for various reasons. Some went through too long without proper care others are just in the wrong place and some are too close together. I’m attempting to remove the bigger trees and shrubs over a few weeks. I can’t currently drive to the tip so I’m trying to get it all in the brown bin.
1. New kit

To aid me in removing a number of the plants I’d ordered a few new bits of kit to ease the job. I saw that gold leaf gloves were on offer through Amazon a few weeks back and ordered myself a pair of soft-touch gloves. I already own a pair of tough touch gloves and love them. I don’t particularly like wearing gardening gloves but as I planted quite a few spikey options they are necessary for some jobs.

Then two Niwaki purchases to help with clearing the perennials and spikier plants. Watching Monty in Japan is giving me a desire for more Japanese tools. A set of arm guards that just slip on over your clothes. Then a rice sickle recommended for cutting down perennials. While not essential kit unless you have a lot of ornamental grass or meadow flowers to scythe down it was satisfying to use though won’t get as much use as my hori-hori.


2. Conifers

This is the first of several larger established plants I am removing. This patch of conifers I think was actually three conifers planted too closely together. I don’t particularly dislike conifers but these don’t go with anything else in the border and they are growing outwards due to their proximity to each other. I’ve given them three Summers to decide what to do with them. I can’t untangle them as the inner growth is all dead now so they’ve been dug out. The dogwood poking in at the side will be getting a trim to the ground in a few weeks. The dogwood will regrow with nice new red stems but clearing these and the dogwood will create a more open space here and a view to the camellia when it flowers.

Nice space for something new.


3. Sunflower feeders

Having returned from the in-law’s house and seen all their finches on their bird feeders I ordered a new sunflower feeder. I buy most of my seed from Haiths. They produce good quality seed that the birds love. I was just going to order the sunflower hearts but they had an Autumn Attraction pack offer for two feeders and two different seed mixes.

The sunflower feeder is currently hanging from the clematis but I will find it a better spot.

Then a small bird feeder. Keep the seagulls and greedy pigeons out.

Within minutes of going back inside the tits came to check out the sunflower feeder.


4. Hellebores

The two hellebores I planted at the end of last year are really getting going now. Christmas Carol has pure white flowers. They develop rather ugly blotches as they fade but are very pretty while they are white and the few pollinators around seem to like them.

Angels glow is currently the prettier of the two with a mass amount of dirty pink flowers. These fade away better retaining similar colours as they fade.

As I’ve enjoyed the two I had and seeing many more at the in-laws and Burton Agnes I bought another variety. Lividus seems to open quite creamy before fading into green. I rather like the leaves on this one as much as the flowers.


5. Windmill

Alice was taken with this windmill in home bargains. It’s been stuck in the garden border though I’m sure she’ll continually relocate it decapitating other plants along the way. It may be time to allocate her a plot of her own.


6. Signs of Spring

While scything down the perennials I found this good sized frog. I’ve started seeing them more and more. It’s good to know they are returning to the garden ready for defending my hostas from slug attacks.

Looking back I realise this was quite a long six but I hope you enjoyed. Enjoy your weekends. I have euonymus to trim next and a dwarf apple tree that is too dwarf. Happy gardening!

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27 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: 2.3.19 destruction time”

    1. I’m hoping they do self seed I’ve still got space to fill. I’m still loving the leaves of the new striped leaves on the newest hellebore. I’m might pop back to the shop and see if they’ve got another.

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  1. Good luck with the revamp. That new tool looks very sleek. Stylish and functional. No sign of last year’s batch of new frogs in our garden. There’s a lot of small slugs though.

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  2. These gloves look very comfy! It makes me want to order new ones … Beautiful photos (hellebore, frog (or toad?) ..) and just a question: how long do your seeds last in the feeder? Here, I have to fill it every 3 days so they are greedy …

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    1. The suet pellets go in a day so I only put it out at weekends when I’m watching the garden. The sunflower seeds last about a week or more. It hasn’t attracted in too many birds that like them yet. The seed mix goes in a few days. The fat balls are very popular at the moment.

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    1. I saw the sickles being used to cut the grass out of the moss. The hori hori is better for deep tap roots like dandelions in the lawn. I didn’t spot any hori hori’s in the show but I watched with Alice so didn’t really get to watch properly.

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    1. Not doing too badly for wildlife. Had a few bees but not had the butterflies I’ve seen on a lot of peoples twitter feeds but I don’t have that much for butterflies at this time of year. Still working on seasonal coverage.

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  3. Conifers like that don’t do anything for me! I’d rather have a nice empty space for something I really like! I absolutely hate junipers! My front yard was nothing but (bushy ones blocking the windows, and a prostrate one covering the yard) when I moved in. They’re gone now!

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  4. I must get one of those Robin feeders. The sparrows hog the suet balls (and the magpies and starlings) and the sunflower seeds go very quickly – goldfinches hog that one, plus chaffinches and tits. I have put some ground seed down, but worry about rats as I live next to a farm.
    The Lividus is beautiful, most unusual.

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    1. At the moment I’ve set the robin feeder to its smallest setting and it isn’t getting much use but I wanted to give the smaller birds an option. I get mice on the ground feeder but I don’t mind them being in the garden. Haven’t seen traces of them in the house after the first year of living here. I think there happier out where I’ve left more food.
      The lividus is quite striking isn’t it. I went out and bought another today for good measure. Even without the flowers it has good foliage so a longer term win.

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  5. I always enjoy your posts, and this was no exception. I laughed about Alice’s windmill. I bought one each for grandson David and myself because we love wind-powered things. We stuck them in empty pots on the porch where we could see them from the kitchen table. When we begin to eat outside regularly, we’ll put them in the garden.

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