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A week of rain = jungle garden!

BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,384

Hi all,  Just wondering who else has ventured outside this morning to discover a veritable jungle has developed in their garden over the last week?  It has rained more or less constantly here for the last week and was just too sodden to attempt any serious planting when I got home from work each day so, apart from a bit of weeding (as those were easy to pull from the wet soil) I it has been left to it's own devices..  I have a GH full of plants which are now screaming to be put into the borders etc but due to the rapid growth in the last week, you've guessed it,  there isn't any room!  Looks like a fair few sacrifices will have to be made. image

I've decided to dig up and replace every bluebell (all now crosses anyway) and Welsh poppy I see to make a start.

At least at the end of the day I'll be able to re-fill the compost heaps make a few gallons of Comfrey liquid feed (that has grown from 1ft to 4ft!) image

To be honest, this happens every year so I don't really know why I'm still surprised when it happens! image

A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,417

    Mine tipped over to jungle about this time last year Bob and I see no sign of improvementimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Scott EdwardsScott Edwards Posts: 227

    It rained non stop here until Thursday when it thankfully stopped for our local community fun day which was a great day. By Wednesday afternoon I was a little fed up having watched my peonies and roses take a battering and must make a mental note to ensure that supports are in place next year! However, a trip to Wisley and a few new plants ready to plant has lifted my mood no end. After two years the back garden is now getting pretty full. Having a nice cuppa out in the garden with my lovely wife before motivating myself to cut the grass!

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,384

    No problem nut, so we just call them wildlife gardens and be done with it! image

    I must admit it looks very healthy and is a treat for the eyes.  Maybe I'll just throw all the GH plants on the compost heap instead - a lot less work! image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • sara haywoodsara haywood Posts: 143

    I am also a jungle slayer, my lawn has a life of it's own at the moment, I don't remember such rapid growth. I expect to be very sore and very happy by 8pm this evening, my family on the other hand will be starving!

  • Scott EdwardsScott Edwards Posts: 227

    Sara, gently remind them that they've not starving - just a little hungry!

  • Same here in Sheffield, the growth is amazing, but does look rather jungleish if there is such a word !  The grass is far too wet to cut just yet, will need a few days of dry weather to dry out, but it does look very lush i must say.  No sun today just cloudy and breezy, cant bring myself to get stuck in yet, and the hose is full of plants that need hardening off (my pet hate) and then planting out !  I wonder if i leave it until its sunny and will be end of May to plant straight out without hardening off would work ?

  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ..I think if you have a large grassy area, which has to remain uncut for too long..then it can make the garden look jungly.... those of us without grass, maybe less so...I suppose paving and gravel have their merits...

  • oh yes bob, weve had rain every day this week, and yesterday when it stopped I had to take my nephew and his girlfriend to stratford upon avon,lovely day, but I was itching to get on my garden!

    the hedge has truly gone mad, and not helped by my neighbour(again)hacking at it as she does every year but this year,shes hacked it down to about 4foot. I have no desire to look into her flea pit of a garden, so hubby has trimmed the top down but not that low!

    ive put some bedding plants in,ive decided today was the day,they were getting so pot bound,lets hope there are no sudden frost!(fleece at the ready in case)

    happy gardening!

  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    Hi Gillian w're Sheffield too, 1st time today I've been out for over a week, garden is definitely jungle, can' t see half smaller things I've planted for 4foot high geraniums and peonies, felt like I ought to takemymobile with me..and our garden is tiny!!

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