Thursday, 31 March 2016

A sunny day in the garden

My desire was to spend the next few days taking Daisy for a walk in the morning and spending each afternoon in the garden.  Unfortunately the weather has other ideas; we've got loads of rain forecast for tomorrow and Saturday and I've got loads to do outside.  The logical option was to spend all day outside, play with Daisy (nearly) every time I stopped to look up from what I was doing, and by the end of the day both of us were completely exhausted.





It doesn't look like much, but this lot kept me occupied for a good few hours:

Some rubbish became another "wee beastie pile" rather than filling the council bin.





The compost I have isn't as well rotted as I would like but I've run out of really good stuff and mulching the Bulb Bed needed finishing. The fritillaria are doing well this year with loads of new shoots visible so the plants are definitely bulking up.  There are a couple of shoots which might be the Common Spotted Orchids and nearer the house there is lots of growth which I hope are the Camassia.  They did not do well last year having to compete with the weeds which had taken over.

And yes, that really is a large dog bed next to the bench.  Daisy wouldn't sit in it today but perhaps if she gets used to it . . . earlier in the month when we had some good weather and she was outside with me her tummy immediately got red and inflamed.  Too early for grass pollen or mites so goodness knows what she is allergic to, poor little girl.





Half a dozen pots of Grape Hyacinth from B&Q have filled the little area underneath what used to be a magnolia (before Management chopped it down).





Storm Katie didn't bring as much chaos to the north of the country as expected, but we woke up to find four troughs of daffodils blown off the new wall and strewn across the drive.  Thankfully they missed M's car and the caravan (a couple had traveled a surprising distance) and there was very little damage.  Buried in blog lag is the fact that LP has nearly finished the back of the vegetable patch so there are new beds along the fence.  I'm planning Globe Artichokes in a couple of the bays, and annual flowers in a couple, so the current idea is to have a row of daffs all along the back.  The decaying foliage will be hidden by whatever grows in the summer and they should look lovely at a time of year when there's not much growing in this area.



Some carpentry in the Cottage Garden . . . all will be revealed when LP or M cuts a sheet of weld mesh for me!   (I'll tackle most things but I draw the line at metalwork and angle grinders).



The laurel hedge got an annual haircut, and there was much standing around looking at the view and marveling at the clarity and quality of light today.



The frogspawn is no more - we now have hundreds of tiny tadpoles in all the ponds.  I am still on Beetle Watch . . .














11 comments:

  1. I'm guessing that we have missed thr frog chorus this year. Don't know what has happened

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  2. You look to have had a lovely day, we were lucky to have sunshine too. We are hoping to catch as much of the nicer part of the day tomorrow before the rain comes in :)

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    1. Hope you get more of the day than us - heavy rain is forecast from 11.00am

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  3. It's going to look good over summer with all that work going on. Lovely day by the looks of that sky and I might try and blog over the weekend with a photo of the muscari already appearing in our garden. Maybe Daisy is just allergic to grass? We are expecting showers tomorrow too, but although we need it, our day out with DD and family might be spoilt. We are all going to a bulb nursery open day with proceeds going to the CFA (Country Fire Authoroity), so do hope it's not too wet. Have a good weekend and take care.

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    1. Thanks Susan, actually it is not looking too bad now - if you don't look too closely!
      We also wondered if Daisy is allergic to grass, or something in the soil - who knows, we continue to look at ways of making life more comfortable for her:-}
      Hope your nursery visit was good fun.

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  4. Daisy looks so happy! I hope you figure it out about her allergy. It's so hard having an animal with problems. All you want to do is make it better.

    Your garden looks absolutely gorgeous. Now that we have manageable weather, I really need to get to work on mine!

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    1. Thanks Leigh, figuring out allergy problems in animals must be one of the hardest things - just when we "think" we know what it might be we find we are wrong. This must be a contact allergy - too early for any pollens and only happens when she has been playing in the garden and skidding her tummy over the grass as she races after the ball.

      Good luck with the weather in your own garden!

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  5. gosh you got so much done, and your garden is looking lovely. my kitties have allergies, they get red and sore eyes.....

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    1. Thanks Tess, trouble is in a garden this size no matter how much you do there is always more to be done!

      Sorry your kitties have trouble too. Have you looked at their food? I have Daisy on a no-grain kibble to which we add a little extra meat, I don't believe dogs were intended to survive on the quantity of carbs that are stuffed into most dog food. She is certainly much better this way, and whilst cats have different nutritional requirements perhaps something similar might help?

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