National Garden Weeding April 22 2015

Weeds. Garden House Brighton by What You Sow

This Sunday The Garden House are holding an open day as part of the National Gardens Scheme charity. The garden will be open for visitors to nose around and a selection of plants will be on sale as well as plenty of tea and cake.

Weeds. Garden House Brighton by What You Sow

So today we did some weeding. I always find this a bit weird as I think loads of weeds are really pretty and object to digging them up. Anyway Bridge made us identify a range of weeds then we had to go and actually remove them from the beds so I thought it would be fun to make you guess them like we had to (and see if those of us from gardening group can still remember what they were). See which you can identify from these pictures that Bridge gave me. Answers at the bottom and you can leave a comment telling me how many you got right.

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Whilst we were weeding, this little dude came and helped/got in the way by eating some of the dandelions. He's fresh out of hibernation. Kate told everyone that you could deep fry dandelions  I’m not sure if they believed her (NB. You can and I am living proof that they are edible).

Tortoise. Garden House Brighton by What You Sow

Apart from that we pruned the olive tree using a pruning saw which meant taking loads of branches out of the middle leaving it still looking quite full. Whilst doing this I realised that there is a sundial in the garden! It's sort of obvious. 

Olive Tree. Garden House Brighton by What You Sow          Olive tree. Garden House Brighton by What You Sow

Scott and Katie got involved in some topiary:

Topiary. Garden House Brighton by What You Sow          Topiary. Garden House Brighton by What You Sow

And we pricked out some Californian poppies, Eschscholzia White Linen. These need a bit more delicate handling than usual as they have a taproot (as opposed to a fibrous root). A tap root is the kind of root you get on a dandelion or a carrot, one long root rather than lots of little bits of root. As that’s all it’s got you have to be a bit more careful when transferring these roots than you would be with a fibrous rooted plant.

Poppy White Linen. Garden House Brighton by What You Sow          Poppy White Linen. Garden House Brighton by What You Sow

Oh, and remember that Hypertuva planter we made a few weeks ago? Here it is in action! It’s now a water feature!

Hypertuva. Garden House Brighton by What You Sow

And apparently this is a weed too. It’s Celandine and it’s incredibly pretty. When I get a garden of my own I’m not sure there’ll be room for much else after all the pretty weeds I'm going to leave in.

Celandine. Garden House Brighton by What You Sow

See below for the quiz answers and here is a sneak peek of what you'll be able to see at the open day on Sunday, hope to see lots of you there...

Tulips. Garden House Brighton by What You Sow

Answers:

  1. Hairy bitter cress
  2. Speedwell
  3. Aegopodium podagraria (Ground elder)
  4. Alkanet (part of the borage family)
  5. Dandelion (easy)
  6. Galium aparine (Sticky willy)
  7. Groundsel

 

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