Wednesday, April 1, 2009
I was in the garden today from just before 9 to nearly 5, with about an hour's break in total - which was also spent in the garden.
I tidied a veg bed near the tool shed which had become rather a dump. Some things get moved around from one place to the next, and until the leaves come more, they're unsightly wherever I put them. Rolls of chicken wire are the main culprit, but they will be used soon in a new fence.
Next I tidied another area, by the main compost bins, for the same reason.
Then I weeded inside the big glass cold frame. Not my favourite job - I'm so clumsy, I have a horror that one day I'll fall into/onto it but it's too big to move easily.
More tidying after that, mostly in the veg garden. There's a lot to be done in there, I will be spending a full day there tomorrow.
I planted out the astilbe's I found still growing in pots, and also a heuchera, and weeded some of the bog area.
I planted up the remaining sweet peas.
Then I tackled the pruning of a big shrub rose. I am very keen on roses and compared to the rest of gardening, I know a fair bit about them. This means that our roses clearly displaying signs of neglect is embarrassing. Still, I don't do gardening for show, it's just a nice spin-off, and I am hopeful that the plant will have benefited as well as my garden-cred...
I then shredded all the prunings.
Next I tidied the greenhouse.
I put the heap of ivy we pulled out of the hedge last autumn in the bin.
Then I mowed the lawns.
Finally I began on weeding but I was pretty tired by then. It feels odd to be tired when it's still good daylight!
And then I took the pictures. These aren't especially flattering: the idea is to try to show exactly what you see as you walk round.
But at this time of the year, the best flowers are at the front: