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Sunday, 20 August 2017

More August progress

Why is it that jobs I "think" are huge and going to take ages actually take 30 minutes and are no effort at all?



Knowing how heavy some of these piece of slate are I had built up this job in my head ... but with Management taking all the heavy lifting we had a mini slate wall in no time at all :)  Daisy was no help  🐺









In other wildlife news, this little chap* visited a few times during the day.  At first we were worried because hedgehogs are strictly noctural, but it this one looked healthy, was moving around surprisingly fast and busy digging worms and other grubs out of the grass.  Apparently it is not unusual for a youngster to be out at the 'wrong' time whilst it is fattening up prior to hibernation.

* he/she/it .... who knows?



The willow fedge which fronts the pavement is due for demolition - my love affair with willow constructions has been well and truly satisfied and now I am just fed up with the amount of maintenance it all needs.  In order not to smack passers by in the face this little fedge needs four cuts a year and that is four too many.





I cut back all the instrusive low growth and left enough to absorb a (hopefully) lethal dose of glyphosate.





A few days later I was overcome by a sudden rush of blood to the head (and maybe also to a few muscles) and moved loads more compost, soil and bark chip, followed by all the lovely cyclamen.

I thought these gorgeous little plants would be OK behind the house but the back of the bed just wasn't getting enough rain, and the front of it received far more sun in summer than I expected; they have survived, but not thrived.  Fingers crossed their new home will do better as it receives very little direct sun (and only in late afternoon).



Pictures taken a few days later are encouraging - nothing seems to have flagged or drooped, and there is a surprising amount of new flowering.

To answer Susan's question - I might put some snowdrops in here next year but this bed will just be for cyclamen.  I am finding that small areas of mono-planting work better in such a big garden than dotting different plants around all over the place.














10 comments:

  1. Haha, I love to see Daisy lolling about while all the hard work goes on. I'm not surprised hedgehogs are confused with this strange weather we're having and I've noticed the nights are drawing in already. I don't blame you for getting to grips with the hedge, looks like far too much hard work to me too.

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    1. Thanks Eileen, we love seeing Daisy so relaxed and happy :). You're right about the nights drawing in, it's starting to feel very autumnal and I already have some leaves falling.

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  2. Love the hedgehog, I hope he/she sticks around. I see Daisy was doing a great job of supervising - not! :)

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    1. Haven't seen little hedgepoggle for a few days .... the worms who live in our lawns are breathing a sigh of relief!

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  3. You'd have to try hard to kill hardy cyclamen. Ours come up in gaps in paving stones.

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    1. Seeing as some of 'mine' are 'yours', that's excellent. Do you remember bringing me a tray of small seedlings many years ago? Looks like I kept a few of them alive :). Thank you, x

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  4. Lovely post & thanks for answering my question. I love all your different colours of cyclamen & think they alone will probably look gorgeous once really established. On catch-up due to local i'net problems. Another question. What will replace the willow- fedge? Take care.

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    1. Hi Susan, sorry you've got internet problems 🙁 I am not going to put anything to replace the willow, it was only there to obscure the sight of decaying daffodil leaves .....

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  5. Your seemingly continually extending gardening list (yeah - I have one too!) seems to have serious chunks being taken out of it - well done :) And as for Daisy - all staff need a 'Supervisor' - and she's the girl for the job xx

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    1. You're right Kate, the "list" has had several lines ticked off recently and I keep meaning to put that in a blog post ....

      Just like Moss, Daisy takes her Supervisory duties very seriously, when it suits her. The rest of the time she either ignores us or insists I stop and play ball!

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