Slugs & Snails

I’d really love to be able to write a post for you that details a foreign trip we’ve been on, a trip to our naturist club near Billericay or even a visit to a garden or some kind of naturist event.

Unfortunately the Covid pandemic has put paid to the first two and as for the others, work requires me to work six days every week, during May and June, so until it is over there’s little time for anything else but gardening.

I even fit in the collecting of garden supplies during the working days, so I can garden on the one day I do have off, hopefully enjoying it clothes free.

So for the moment it’ll just have to be my gardening exploits, illustrated with photos all taken by myself, showcasing naturism,at its most serene and showing the stunning (hopefully) shots of flowering plant blooms as summer moves on.

Today is June 7th and finally as with last Tuesday (my last day off) the sun shone brightly, with hardly a cloud in the sky. Comfortably there was a gentle breeze, which made sure I didn’t get too hot as I cracked on with the jobs I had to do today.

As with last Tuesday there was no need to dress at all, except with the usual sunblock, although it wasn’t such an early start so I had a lie in, before I headed out just before 9am.

First job was to put up a second garden clock (another work freebie), this time on the potting shed before going to the growing zone (the raised bed and greenhouse area on the other side) to replace the polythene protecting the onions, with netting, which I bought on amazon last week.

This took around an hour as I had to remove all the weeds, as well as remove several squatting slugs and snails. Once that was complete I harvested some onions, which are all but ready.

I did some watering next, using the new supply I’d fixed up on the right hand side of the garden. It worked well although it will need adjusting a little at a later date.

This allows me the chance to use my freebie Hozelock superhoze without having to bring out the other bigger heavier hose carts to often.

After a coffee and lunch break, it was time to plant up 3 hanging baskets (with trailing lobelia, begonias, geraniums and petunias), these being the bedding plants I’d bought at Aldi at the weekend,as well as recharged two other planters, which I have now moved out to the front of the house .

In the mid afternoon I mowed the lawn, tidied the weed bed (wildlife area). I also lifted some tulip bulbs, put in tomato bamboo supports as well as watering everywhere once again and thankfully too I noticed there’s more new blooms appearing every day ❤️

Sunshine Arch

So finally we’ve had a spell of deliciously warm weather and blooms are now breaking out everywhere in the garden and finally too, we’ve had long days where its comfortable to go without clothes for the whole day.

As its been a busy month for me with six day working weeks, it is important to get work done in the garden, on my days off, to stop things getting out of hand. Dry weather on Monday, meant on Tuesday, I was up and doing the first watering of the day at around 6.30am.

I was up early mainly because on these summer mornings it gets light so early, once I’m awake, I’m awake regardless of the time. After a cuppa and an old film (“The Grapes of Wrath” which I was inspired to watch by Bruce Springsteen’s “The Ghost of Tom Joad” song) I headed back into the garden.

Armed with a liberal coat of “all over” sun cream I dived into the job’s I’d left and left due to the nasty wet and cold weather of the last six weeks. First were the lawn edges and the weeds, which were slowly extracted over the next two hours.

For this task, I bought out the wheelbarrow which enabled me to carry on and not stop to empty the cutting bag.

It looked great and once that was done out came the strimmer to just clean up the edges. The grass and weeds were so entangled doing it by hand was the only way.

After another coffee break out came the lawnmower and my new sunhat to protect me from a dose of sunstroke.

The lawn,once it was cut looked wonderful and I used some of the cuttings to “earth” up my potatoes as recommended by Monty on Gardeners World last week.

It’s was a warm day and dispite the sunblock, I did get a little bit of sunburn on my back, however into the late afternoon I still cracked on with the jobs, getting a new rose arch built and sighted and a new cold frame erected.

Finally once that was all done, I did another watering at around 4.45pm, before heading inside to cool of under a cold shower,exhausted, but pleased with what I’d achieved.

It’s really not that complicated

Gardening can be at times an overthought science with people thinking its alot hard than it actually is. Plants can be tough old things and most can survive whatever we choose to throw at them.

The biggest killer is not enough water, but more often than not it is too much watering that can bring an early end to your plants life. Fertiliser can help greatly however people tend to get confused and overthink before deciding which fertiliser to use.

For tree and shrubs for example you can use Bonemeal, Growmore, Fish Blood and Bone, Epsom Salts, Chicken Manure as well as High Nitrogen feeds and also liquid and granualar seaweed.

Most can be used for vegetables, flowers and baskets and even lawns too. So you see that it can be confusing if you’re told just one particular product can only be used on one particular plant.

Recently I admitted to myself after someone else’s post on Facebook that I really really love hostas, so I bought a collection of ten from Gardening Express and planted them this afternoon after work.

In the collection there were one of each of the following : Undulata Albomarginata,
Sieboldiana Elegans, Sieboldiana Frances Williams, Fortunei Aureomarginata, Shade Fanfare, Janet, Halcyon, Guacamole, First Frost, Bressingham Blue, June and finally Hosta Fire & Ice.

Hostas are just great they thrive in sun, partial shade and even beneath trees and shrubs. Planted 1 metre apart, they act as effective ground cover.

Spectacular when mature, when it comes to beautiful foliage, Hosta are amongst the best perennials. In our garden I’ve tried to fix all areas and have a view that belies my status (I’m a Gardener of some five years.

They grow virtually anywhere, look fantastic in borders or by ponds, but are particularly effective in containers, as an added bonus they produce attractive, some times fragrant, flowers in summer.

Tuesday is my day off this week and the weather looks set fair so I’m hoping for a full day of gardening wonderfully clothes free.

Half way through 2021

It doesn’t seem possible that we’re nearly halfway through 2021 so little has happened because of the pandemic but tomorrow is the first of June. Added to that is that in just over a fortnight we celebrate the summer solstice and daylight hours will begin to reduce.

Well we’re nearly in June and so far this year it’s seemed anything like summery, storms, hail, frosts long into May and no sunshine, plus of course the shadow of Covid hanging over us all.

Apparently the restrictions are going to be removed this month but we’ll wait until it happens before actually planning anything.

Our naturist club is still closed even though many are open, but as I’m working most days the chance of a clothes free break isn’t really on the cards. For the most it’s just been the odd day at home during which I’ve been able to relax and enjoy some clothes free gardening.

For many days it’s been awful on my days and weekends off so any gardening hasn’t been possible. I’ve only really been able to do the bare minimum, but hopefully the weather will be OK on Tuesday so maybe I can get a full day of gardening in.

Cutting the edges, weeding the beds, trimming the hedges a little, doing all those odd jobs that never seem to get done, when time is at a premium and also maybe sow some seeds finally.

This time last year I had so much on the go, this year I have had to save time and buy some tomato plants just to keep to schedule. Things are growing and the garden looks nice and green so not all is lost. Thankfully the sheds gone and with the trees beginning to leaf it has a more cozy feel.

I’ve still a replacement garden arch to build and errect, as well as a new cold frame to place, hanging baskets to plant and also 10 bare root hostas to find room for so it should keep me busy this week.

I’ve some new hose fittings so I’m hopefully looking to run a temporary water supply to the right hand side to make trips up and down and across the garden a thing of the past, which is especially tiring after a hard day at work under the hot sun, so I’ll keep everyone updated at a later date.

Changing the way we live 👣

The first Saturday in May is audained to be World Naked Gardening Day and from what I’ve seen recently on social media networks, many people male and female, young and old partake of this delightful pastime and enjoy the sunshine (if you’re are really lucky) total naked baring all.

For me gardening is nearly always done this way, however it’s so good to see so many others doing so on at least one day of the year.

Gardening has a timeless quality, and anyone can do it: young and old, singles or groups, the fit and infirm, urban and rural. An elderly lady in a suburban house can plant new annuals in her window box.

Families can rake leaves in their back gardens. Freehikers can pull invasive weeds along their favorite stretch of trail. More daring groups can make rapid clothes-free sorties into public parks to do community-friendly stealth cleanups.

So why garden naked ?
First of all, it’s so much fun !
Second only to swimming, gardening is at the top of the list of family-friendly activities people are most ready to consider doing nude.

Moreover, our culture needs to move toward a healthy sense of both body acceptance and our relation to the natural environment. Gardening naked is not only a simple joy, it reminds us–even if only for those few sunkissed minutes–that we can be honest with who we are as humans and as part of this planet.

“The body seems to feel beauty when exposed to it as it feels the campfire or sunshine, entering not by the eyes alone, but equally through all one’s flesh like radiant heat, making a passionate ecstatic pleasure glow not explainable.”

Many naturists often tell about their clothes free exploits but the last eighteen months, through lockdown after lockdown, here in the UK and worldwide, have seen the pursuit of a clothes optional lifestyle increase in popularity as people strive to remove themselves from the drudge of a prison like existence.

In essence, our bodies (besides being a vessel and a physical home for our transient souls) are expressions of our consciousness.Being face-to-face with our nakedness can be a tool for rebalancing and reconnecting to our Self and our purpose.

Aligning everything in this way can look like acceptance and love for what is—nothing more and nothing less.Being naked is about undoing all the beliefs that have stemmed from social conditioning.

This year I took part in world naked gardening day when I was at home, the rest of the Bank Holiday weekend I had to work but as I was observeing a social media boycott I didn’t post anything until it was over.

I showed support and joined sporting governing bodies, clubs, broadcasters and celebrities across UK sport in not posting anything on social media this weekend to combat online abuse and discrimination; this took place from 3pm on Friday to 11.59pm on Monday.

Online abuse of any kind is unnecessary and totally out of order and has been getting out of control.

N. B. The text in this post has been taken in part from various other sources

WNGD is here 🌺

GREEN-FINGERED gardeners gear up today to bare all for World Naked Gardening Day

This unofficial holiday is celebrated around the globe on the first Saturday in May every year, and for the 2021 edition brave gardeners are already gearing up to prune in the buff on this fun occasion aimed at promoting body confidence in a very tongue in cheek way.

The main concern this year isn’t baring all in the backyard, but it’s actually the weather. Members of a popular gardening group took to Facebook wondering if May 1 will be too nippy to garden in the nip.

When asked if she was ready for Naked Gardening Day, one group member responded: “Absolutely… just hope the forecasted rain makes the weeds grow sufficiently to cover my assets.”

There is rain forecast on the day throughout much of the country, but the temperatures will generally hover around a rather balmy 20 degrees. So, why garden naked? Well, according to a Facebook page dedicated to the day, it’s good for the mind, body and soul:

“First of all, it’s fun! Second only to swimming, gardening is at the top of the list of family-friendly activities people are most ready to consider doing nude. Moreover, our culture needs to move toward a healthy sense of both body acceptance and our relation to the natural environment.

Gardening naked is not only a simple joy, it reminds us–even if only for those few sunkissed minutes–that we can be honest with who we are as humans and as part of this planet.”

According to Wikipedia, World Naked Gardening Day (WNGD) was introduced in 2005 as a nudist movement to discourage body shaming and encourage acceptance of all forms of the human body, and the movement shows no sign of slowing down among the green-fingered community.

“Awwwwwwww it’s only naked… just enjoy it and don’t be embarrassed… it’s not like you’re different from other humans,” one progressive gardener wrote on Facebook.

This is reposted text the original can be found here The original article

The calm before….

This week has been rather busy or should I say my day off was, selling a van(which I’ve had for nearly 20 years), buying a car

and also getting some quality time to do some gardening as the sun shine bright and warm for the first time this spring. It meant I could take of my clothes after going out to pick up the car and get stuck into the job’s that just hadn’t got done this far.

Things like deadheading, cutting the lawn edges and watering which I did in the morning and in the evening so hopefully the plants will beginning to look better.

I’ve still plenty to do planting seeds, getting some wintering plants out of the greenhouse and planting them into pots or into the ground.

Everything is still slow growing with me not know whether or not to water as the day are warm and dry and the nights damp and so cold.

I’ve also around 11 weeks without any weekends off, so it’s going to be a tiring time for me, so I want to get on but at the same time not leave myself to much to do every Monday.

As it happens I came down with a heavy cold over the weekend so very little got done in the garden. After a fleeting visit to Melford Hall on Saturday.

The rest of the weekend was spent resting and watching football during which my beloved Manchester City retained the Carabao Cup fotthe fourth season running with the only goal coming from French defender Aymeric Laporte.

Shabby Shed

The gardens coming along, slowly one must say but it’s more to do with other people not doing their job rather than myself in CBA mode.

The lobsided shed has half gone, but the people with the van and the means to dispose of it, have dillied and dallied, meaning it’s not now standing as a shed, more three separate walls and a heap of junk that was inside it.

I’m hoping it’ll be gone by this weekend as I’m working so I can tidy and rearrange the garden, ahead of a busy planting season.

As I mention before the potatoes are planted and the lawn treated for moss, but I want to get on and trim the hedges and also sort out the potting shed. Because of the frosty weather I’ve been keeping a Date Palm inside, but also all the outside things, being protected from the weather.

I also need to plant out some Alstromerias and also start sowing some seeds. Its also been very dry with no rain to speak of for about a month, so apart from spasmodic watering, with the frosts in mind, I also had the sprinkler out once to water the lawn.

Meantime though I’ve repotting three camelias and also some Berberis Orange Sunrise. I got these back in September but after a cold wet and icy start to the year where they faired less well, I just hope they might grow and flourish into something more worthwhile this spring.

As I’ve the busy planting season to get through during May and June, I’ve taken to trying to do at least one job, other than watering each evening.

This evening I planted a bush rose, I’ve also managed to fix two clocks destined for landfill for a small fee (the working mechanism) so I’m well chuffed to get two working clocks for £8 rather than the £48 they would have cost.

Easter is here

With the British summertime now with us, the extra hour of daylight means everything to the plants and of course us gardeners who can now get out for an hour or so after coming home from work.

The weather for most of the time has stayed dry, but chilly, even so you can see the progression of many plants whether they be annuals, perennials, from bulbs and even bare root. Occasionally the weather has been warm enough to be clothes free, like today, which is Easter Sunday.

Having had a week off recently I managed to get on top of many jobs which included planting the seed potatoes, that I’d had chitting for around 6 weeks.

Out the front I’ve relined the window box trough and filled it with fresh compost before filling it with some hardy upright fushias.

Around this time the daffodils began to shoot up and now the tulips which I’d lifted and replanted in troughs in November have appeared in force.

This morning I enjoyed the sunshine while watering before replanting some xxxx and also cleaned both water butt’s before reattaching both and repositioning one which leaning slightly. The final job was to spread some moss control granuals on the lawn as it was getting a little bit out of hand.

With covid restrictions still in place we haven’t managed to get to the club at all this year. It’s disappointing as we’ve enjoy visits at Easter as well as earlier than that but at the moment it might not be until July before we can make a worthwhile visit