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Sorted, fit. Current activities are photography, hiking, motorbiking, trail biking, music, geology/geoscience, dinner-at-home, travel and more.

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Mowing the grass in Keswick

Mowing my grass in Keswick, this isn’t really a lawn but the wildflower meadow effect didn’t work either; was it the birds or was it the rabbits which nibbled the flowers?
I’m hoping that will have been the last cut this season. There have been showers and rain all summer keeping everything green and growing. As the nights get longer and the air chilly, growth in the garden has at last slowed down, though there’s still plenty to make tidy. The shrub on the left of this photo with lots of fresh shoots was next for trimming after I’d finished the grass.
Agat safety principles apply of course (all the gear all the time).

Greengage tree pruning

Pruning the greengage tree in Terry’s garden in Preston Park, Brighton. This tree’s over fifty years old; the previous gardeners grew it from a stone so there’s no root graft and it’s relatively serene in its growth, especially now it’s in its second half-century. All the more important to keep it in a good shape and not allow it to go straggly.

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London patio gardening

London patio gardening

Trimming and shaping my patio garden in West London. The Wisteria dates from the Sixties, before my time but I’ve been looking after here for many, many years. This patio garden was a great solace during the lockdowns. Problem with here is that it’s a canyon so everything is up a ladder. Nonetheless the tree fern is really happy and as the patio garden is a heat trap (31°C today) I get good fruit from the apple trees and the lime, lemon and mandarin trees in the pots. The green plastic box is a nest for a colony of Mason Bees as local pollinators. My face mask isn’t complete protection against dust and pollen but it helps a lot.

More photos: Trimming & shaping

Heavy-duty gardening in Keswick

Clearing out and shredding dead wood in my cloud forest garden in Keswick to replace with a Hazel bush that has outgrown my patio in London. The PPE and heavy boots are required so as not to get slashed to pieces by the vegetation and protect from the noise of the shredder but the effect is to be working happily in a world apart.

Read more: Heavy-duty gardening - Taming my Cumbrian cloud forest 3

Flowers in my garden in Keswick, Cumbria

Flowers in my garden in Keswick, Cumbria

Intense colours in my cloud forest garden in Keswick, on the lower slopes of Latrigg and Skiddaw. There are far more blooms this year than when I took over this garden a year ago, which I am taking as the fruits of my labours pruning and shaping the plantings I inherited. The fruit trees are my introduction and seem to be doing fine.

More photos: So much colour it hurts

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