Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Rose Pruning.

MY PENNINE WAY PICTURE FOR TODAY
Wynch Bridge

Some Pennine art work.


TODAYS WEATHER READINGS
Temp Low: 3C
Temp High: 12C
Feels Like: -1 to 9C
Precipitation: 0 mm
Wind Speed: 27 mph
Wind Direction: W
UV Index: Low
Weather: Bright and mild.

MY WORK BOOK
See to the sheep
Field
Misc
Tue 24/02/2009 08:30
Tue 24/02/2009 08:50
20 minutes
Took across some hay, checked and counted the sheep.

See to the greenhouse work
Conservatory, Greenhouse
Tue 24/02/2009 08:50
Tue 24/02/2009 09:40
50 minutes
Watered all the plants with liquid feed.

Pruning
Rose Garden
Walled Garden
Tue 24/02/2009 09:40
Tue 24/02/2009 10:30
50 minutes
Made a start on pruning the roses.

Break for tea
Home
Misc
Tue 24/02/2009 10:30
Tue 24/02/2009 10:45
15 minutes

Pruning
Rose Garden
Walled Garden
Tue 24/02/2009 10:45
Tue 24/02/2009 12:45
2 hours As well as pruning the roses I also top dressed the borders with manure and forked them over. (Note 1)

Break for lunch
Home
Misc
Tue 24/02/2009 12:45
Tue 24/02/2009 13:30
45 minutes

Pruning
Rose Garden
Walled Garden
Tue 24/02/2009 13:30
Tue 24/02/2009 16:40
190 minutes
As before I also top dressed with manure and forked over the borders as I went.

Clean and put away the tools
Potting Shed
Tue 24/02/2009 16:40
Tue 24/02/2009 17:00
20 minutes

NOTES
1) A woman in the village keeps a horse in one of the fields belonging to the estate so I fetch the manure from her with my tractor as and when I want it.

COMMENTS FROM THE POTTING SHED
Matron The water always reminds me of Guinness whenever I see it. Its very nice soft water to the touch too.
Red Clover I don’t have too much trouble getting the seeds to germinate (except for Jacaranda trees) I think the worse problem at this time of the year is damping off after the seeds have germinated. You can treat the compost to stop this but I can’t say it works that well so I tend to water very carefully and pick out the seedlings as soon as I can then there is no more trouble. The best way to get seeds to germinate is to do as it says on the packet if you have one. Its seems the fashion these days to cover the seeds with Vermiculite or similar but I never find any advantage to this and just used fine compost being very careful not to bury the seeds too deep, just a thin covering is all it takes.
Jeanette I thought just the same thing when you were getting ready for your spring too. I hope the weather keeps on getting better now, it’s been like spring today. I haven’t had my body warmer on all week and today I even took off my jacket. Of course after all those weeks on 2C max it now feels like a heat wave with temps of 12C although to you that would be cold no doubt.

2 comments:

Sara said...

Really cool photos today! I love those sheep - I'd like to have one in my garden. I wonder what the dogs would think? I bet they would run circle around it all day.

EB said...

OK, I've cheated to come to this post now because I'm mad about roses. Which ones do you grow? Do you like them, would you chose to grow the same ones yourself? - and I love the sheep art too, thank you!