Tuesday, 24 April 2018

More spring cleaning, Top Pond

There used to be a 'thing' which did the rounds on email groups that I rather liked, part of which went along the lines of:

I am thankful for:
...my shadow who watches me work because it means I am out in the sunshine. 
...a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means that I have a home.
...the spot I find at the far end of the parking lot because it means I am capable of walking.
...all the complaining I hear about our government because it means we have freedom of speech.
...my huge heating bill because it means that I am warm.

and so on. For the 21st century I might add "I am thankful that I do not have time to blog because it means I am busy with the garden".

This Bad Blogger hasn't updated Bag End for 2½ weeks because I've been cracking on in the garden and then went on a little holiday. Today, however, it is cold and drizzly; the perfect conditions to make a start on a mahooosive backlog of photos!


Although we had a generally mild winter during the "winter months", just when I would normally think of getting outside and clearing up all the winter detritus, March turned bitterly, bitterly, miserably cold and it was pretty much impossible to get out and do much.  Whilst it feels like I am incredibly "behind" with plant-related tasks, I wasn't the only one not wanting to be horticultural - plants that were growing strongly last March had done nothing by early April so the usual early-season mental frazzle of getting behind before the year has even started was also (thankfully) delayed.   With the little pond straightened out, and the cold frames operational it was time to move on to a favourite part of the garden - the bed behind the Top Pond.  Believe it or not, there is a stealthy 'master plan' at work in the background at Bag End, and that plan is to set up all the beds and borders so that they need a good sort-out at the beginning of the year, and then very little attention/work for the rest of the season.  In the areas where I have managed to be really focussed it actually does work and this bed is one of the current successes!

A couple of sunny days, and only working three or four hours each day, and the bed was completely weeded, the {supposedly} evergreen honeysuckle no longer clambers over the trellis and deposits leaves all over the stones, the ivy border on the house-side was pruned, and with Management's help, a reed that was blocking the view from the kitchen has been removed.

Being a tardy blogger at present I then sprinted away to the next fun thing (the Coppice, that comes in the next post!) and took no photos. Two weeks later - and a few days with warmth and sunshine - lots of new season growth and it is looking lovely 😊















16 comments:

  1. It's been perfect weather for you to be working in the garden and I do like your 'thankful' saying. It could serve as a good reminder to me just now.
    I was going to check the blog again today as I was worried when you hadn't posted in a while. It good to read all is well and you've just been a good kind of busy. X

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    1. Hi Jules, sorry I disappeared - sometimes blogging seems to fall off my radar. I have been AWOL from all my favourite blogs recently, I will come and visit you soon. xx

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  2. With the size of your garden, I'm surprised you have any time, I hope your plans work out so your workload is lowered.

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    1. Thanks Marlene, but the size of the garden is not an issue, my problem is the weather. If I knew I could go outside for an hour every morning after breakfast then gardening at Bag End would be perfect. In a month or two I would have virtually nothing to do!! The problem here is that more often than not the weather doesn’t let me do what I want when I want/need to do it, so when we can get outside there’s always a backlog to catch up with.

      The joys of a temperate maritime climate . . . . Not!

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  3. I've been checking every day for a new post and was getting worried that there might be something wrong. Glad to see you are okay and it's just work in the garden that's kept you busy :) Love the first photo, the pond and its surroundings look lovely :)

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    1. Sorry Eunice, I know I have lots to catch up with at your blogs - combination of being tired after gardening and then going away - not enough hours in the day!

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    2. You'll have even more to catch up with now - I've just started a new one!
      https://abenchwithaviewblog.wordpress.com/

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    3. Righty ho! Will add it to my list of places to visit :-)

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  4. I did miss seeing posts pop up, but knew, that with your better weather where you'd be, just like my nephew D. who has been busy building retaining walls & steps in his garden in Yorkshire. The top pond is looking lovely, not like our dreary garden, which has been overcooked & dry for the last 6 months & still no proper rain in sight & continual smoke haze from the controlled burns at this time of the year that is keeping me away from it. I owe you an email if you have time for one. Enjoy your Spring & take care.

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    1. Morning Susan, I know I grumble a lot about our weather, but compared to the extremes you have to deal with, I really should not moan! Email just been sent!

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  5. The weather certainly gave us a short period of garden friendly weather didn’t it?

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    1. Made a nice change :-) Please can I have some more?

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  6. Those few days of beautiful sunshine have been very welcome although the last couple of days have reverted to rain. I like your thankful sayings and am glad to hear you have been busy in your garden and away on a nice break. I lost the will to blog for a while but the sunshine has lifted my spirits for sure.

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    1. Hi Eunice, it was cold and damp here yesterday and I'm not sure which direction today is going in. I must come and catch up with your blog, sorry to have been AWOL :)

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  7. Ah - a fellow garden busy bee :) The weather has been far too nice to ignore. Never feel obliged to blog, life has a habit of getting in the way and suddenly it is a couple of weeks since you said anything - it does not matter :) wuffs and hugs to Daisy

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    1. Thanks Kate, and yes, not only the bumble bees busy at Bag End! Although I never feel obliged to blog for the benefit of others, I do grumble at myself when I miss stuff so thereby have holes in my own record ... but hey, if that is the worst thing I have to deal with then I'm winning :)

      Huggles and cuddles from our paws to yours. xx

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