After the rain and general driech which descended upon us virtually as soon as we had finished cleaning up the caravan equipment I really did not think I would get into the garden this week. How wrong can you be ...
On Friday our tree surgeon was working nearby and I was the lucky recipient of two trailer loads of his 'rubbish'. Simon was cutting down a leylandii hedge so this is not pure bark chip but that doesn't matter - it will be a brilliant mulch around the garden, keep weeds down, and eventually rot away.
Thankfully Saturday (and Sunday) were bright and clear. All those chippings aren't going to move themselves.
I concentrated on the Coppice, fortunately when I started I did not realise it was going to take two full days, but as Management constantly reminds me: "this is a very big garden". When I started most of the ground looked a bit like this - leaves everywhere, plants needing to be tidied up:
And countless hours later, it's all much tidier:
Whilst getting up close and personal to all the plants as I weeded, I was treated to a birds eye view of some early season lovelies such as violets and pulmonaria:
A job long-planned was to make a drainage channel. When we get "gulley-washer" storms water pours through the neighbouring garden uphill from us, across a footpath where the drain cannot cope, and rushes through the Coppice. I don't want paths and plants washed away again, so hopefully this will channel any excess into a conveniently placed manhole. Still got to tidy up the edges and position lots of stones but it's a start.
Although the hellebores are past their best they are still quite beautiful.
And underneath this one, BOLD, CAPS, SHOUTING! Babies!!! (now securely protected with a barrier to stop any accidental trampling)
With a macro lens on the camera, Daisy came in for some attention too:
I don't know what she's yawning about, I'm the one who did all the work!
And all the time I was pulling weeds, shifting logs or moving bark chip Management was in the vegetable patch, quietly beavering away with a paintbrush ... for hours! Bless his little heart, he has finished painting the net cage frame and now I can order the cover for it 😊