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New wall trellis panels for the clematis are up.

Talking of clematis, I'm not sure whether I can cut them back a bit at this stage to limit their final height, and so they're not quite as tangled where I've tried to 'knit' them into the trellis. I'm guessing it wouldn't do them any harm as they're all group 3 pruners (which were already cut back hard in late winter) and will put on a foot a week at this time of year, but I can't find any definitive advice to be sure. I don't want to kill them! Does anyone know?
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I made a start on the garden today. The first thing on the 'Bin it' list was Geranium 'Johnson's Blue'. I love hardy geraniums - they're one of my favourite plants, but in a garden as small as mine certain varieties are out of the question, and this is one of them. Planted just two years ago it had already taken over several square feet and if left would probably have soon taken over the entire bed!

Another plant which is coming out is Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm'. I'm kind of loathe to remove it entirely as it provides such valuable late summer/autumn colour, but like the Geranium, in just two or three years it has taken over - in fact from four plants it has virtually spread throughout the entire bed. In a bigger garden this might be desirable but not here.
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Self-seeded Lunaria annua ('Honesty'). I sowed a few of these a couple of years ago but this is the first year any of them have made really substantial plants. 
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Daffodils. Love this big pot full of colour. Need more daffodils in the garden. These are mainly Tête-a-tête.
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Garden planning has reached fever pitch. I've booked the week of my 40th birthday off as annual leave so hoping for a good weather week (like this one would be nice!) to get as much gardening done as possible.

All the beds and borders are in need of a major overhaul this year. Until now I haven't had much of a master plan about what has gone where and while parts of it have looked great for a while the overall effect, particularly towards the latter half of the season, has been less than what I'd like it to be.

A major focus then is on adjusting the planting so things build through the year and culminate in the best display later in the summer. Late spring and early summer kind of look after themselves - everything looks good when it's fresh and newly emerged from its winter dormancy; but without thought and planning late summer can be disappointing, with plants that have had to be cut back, others that are visibly going over, and others that have got leggy or been subject to attacks from pests and diseases.

My plant shopping list includes things that will either go on producing healthy foliage and flowers throughout the season or which are particularly showy later on, so things like Astrantia 'Roma', Salvias, Erigeron and hardy Geraniums like 'Rozanne' in the first category, and things like Persicaria, Agastache, Rudbeckia and Echinacea in the latter.

I took a series of photos of each border during the winter, giving as close to an aerial view of each as possible, then pasted these together into Photoshop files with a grid roughly corresponding to the actual size, so I could see exactly where everything currently is, and then work from there in planning the new planting schemes - what to remove, what to move, what to add. It has been incredibly useful, although the tendency is to overestimate the amount of space even when you have the benefit of a grid. What I need to do is take the plans outside and actually look at the borders and visualise how things will fit into the available spaces and tweak them as necessary.

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I just used FreePrints to order free photo prints from my phone - it's great! Use my invite code 'mots1' to get 5 extra free prints per month. Check it out. http://bit.ly/1hoa7WK

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Condemned. Thank goodness!

Mind you, it's funny how a building you once hated starts to take on a certain nostalgia once it's due to be demolished!
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They don't make trains like this in the UK!!!

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This is the first Android wearable that makes me think "Actually, you know, I'd quite like one of these". Apart from the fact that you'd look like you had a saucer strapped to your wrist. But I suspect as these sort of devices take off that look will catch on!
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