Looks like the blog has reverted to a tick-list of what happened whilst LP was available ... hey ho, helps me keep track of when things are done.
A non-stop day. Thankfully we seem to have a break in the weather and whilst fairly chilly at least there was no rain and the occasional breeze is helping dry the soil a little. LP was in a particularly good mood and champing at the bit to see how much of the endless 'To Do' list could be knocked off this week.
Firstly he filled all the tubs with compost for me. He forks everything over and breaks up all the big lumps, no mean feat when it is so wet. When I went back later to have a look he had filled 41 large flowerpots!
(I'm sure I meant to take a photo ....??)
He dug up just about all of the pink geranium which has been trying for
World Domination in the Lasagne Bed in the Cottage Garden, and then
helped me plant it under the hawthorn hedge which borders the pavement.
A few barrows of bark chip later and it all looked extremely smart.
We removed the three remaining obelisks from the side bed, and that meant two clematis had to be relocated.
(definitely in need of a couple of coats of wood stain)
Whilst surveying the (lovely) lack of geranium it became apparent
just how peely-wally the roses were . . . LP did not need asking twice
and by the time I'd gone inside, made tea and come back out again the
roses were no more and he very proudly told me how deeply planted the
clematis were! He claims not to be a gardener but after all these years
I think some of my prattling on about plants is getting through.
It was definitely Daisy's day for photo-bombing . . . and by the look of the (lack of) roots these roses weren't going to last much longer.
A couple of days ago I succumbed to some small Campanula plants when
in Cockermouth and they look lovely in one of the new beds by the patio.
should have waited because almost immediately after I planted them a
neighbour offered me "surplus" Campanula from her garden. LP helped dig them up and we collected six large trays!
Little Miss Photo-Bomb again 😊😊
It only took one of the trays to edge the bed next to the
kitchen window so I now need to quickly decide what is going to happen
to the rest, lovely problem to have 🙂
Not content with all this activity, for the last hour before he went
home LP made a start on clearing the mess which I have allowed the 'New
Garden' to become. Two years ago he had this perfectly prepared for
lawn but I had other ideas and was convinced I could manage to grow
"wild flowers" on this area. I was wrong and have concluded that grass
will ultimately be much less maintenance and look better for the whole
(And with the delivery last week of a lovely
new mower, which hasn't even been started up yet, keeping it tidy
shouldn't be too hard). She says, confidently . . .
It might sound as if we worked like crazy all day but there was a
considerable amount of time spent standing around watching the ponds.
I've seen a few frogs back in the water since the weekend but today was
clearly "Froggy-Went-A-Courting" day - LP counted over 30 in the big
pond at lunchtime, and overall we reckon there were at least 70 - 80
frogs spread around the three ponds and every time we went near the water
there was a lovely 'frog chorus'. Bit to windy to try to record it,
but if conditions are right tomorrow I will have a go. Quite a bit of
frogspawn was laid today but I think there's much more to come.
They definitely deserve a post of their own as I've taken loads of pictures and this post is already quite long enough 😊