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Thursday, 14 September 2017

Autumn gardening

According to the forecast on Wednesday night, today was going to be blluueerrghhhh so we'd planned to go out and knock off a load of errands in town.  Local weather regularly sticks up two rude fingers to the Met Office and instead of rain and cloud we had a lovely, bright, early Autumn day .... quick change of clothes, change of plan and off outside.

The glyphosate I watered the willow fedge with seems to have worked .... so it was time for a final trim.



Seeing as the remaining framework looks fairly tidy and isn't going to be in anyone's way we have decided to leave it to rot away which is a much easier choice than trying to dig it all out.  Sure, it is willow and there is a very good chance it will try and grow again next Spring - sadly, that's what "magic water" is for.



Management went into tub-filling-mode for me, bless him, and we think we shifted 36, or maybe 42 tubs of bark chip; it is hard to keep count!



A thick deep mulch looks neat, and the daffodil bulbs will be quite happy pushing up through it.





With no more LP to help with "big" tasks around the garden we toyed with the idea of asking Simon (tree surgeon) to cut the hedges.  Then we did a little back-of-an-envelope economics and did some shopping instead!  I have hankered after a Henchman ladder ever since I saw one in Simon's truck, it cost less than a day's tree work and will last us years and years!  It is incredibly light for its size and happily I can move it about on my own.





Not only does it make a gloriously safe and stable platform for hedge cutting, but there is a caravan roof to wash . . .





Small Person knocked a toe at some point today and was a bit limpy with Hurty Foot.  So she stayed quietly on a warm, comfy bed indoors most of the time, venturing out occasionally to photobomb and stick her head in the heather hedge ....

 
 


The 'after' picture taken hurriedly as we cleared away. The hornbeam hedge needs some shaping but that is going to wait until later when the leaves have fallen and I can better see what I'm doing.


















13 comments:

  1. You are brave - I may just have managed 3 rungs.

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    1. :-)
      Nothing brave about it, these ladders are as steady as a rock. You might surprise yourself if you get a chance to go up one!

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  2. Well done you two & hoppalong Daisy. Wonder if a ladder like that would be any good for our yukky pittosporum hedge? K only needs the stepladder to do the caravan top. Trying to get out into the garden at the moment, just isn't happening for the ridiculous weather we are having. Have a good weekend & take care.

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    1. Morning susan, don't know if these ladders are available in Oz, but surely something similar might be? Hope your weather settles down - chin up, at least you are heading into summer!

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  3. Well done you two & hoppalong Daisy. Wonder if a ladder like that would be any good for our yukky pittosporum hedge? K only needs the stepladder to do the caravan top. Trying to get out into the garden at the moment, just isn't happening for the ridiculous weather we are having. Have a good weekend & take care.

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  4. That is a brilliant ladder, I don't blame you doing your sums and getting one yourself, it'll soon pay for itself. I haven't got a head for heights and no way could I do what you do. I hope Miss Daisy gets better soon, it's no fun have a poorly toe and limp. It's lovely to see her photobombing and why not :)

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    1. Thanks Eileen, no brainer really because we will not only use the ladder for hedges, but caravan cleaning, gutter cleaning, occasional lopping of stray branches, oh - and it is a great 'high level' viewing platform to take photos from!

      Daisy is still favouring her left leg, we're just keeping an eye on her and giving Loxicom at bedtime.

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  5. The ladder is a great idea (I've never seen one before.) You will, no doubt, get a lot of use out of it. I chuckled about the caravan cleaning though. There is a couple near us who have a motor home and I swear he spends more time washing the roof of it than they do going away in it. Seriously...days, and I think he even uses a toothbrush to do it. I'm all for taking care of things but it borders on the ridiculous.
    I hope Daisy's foot is better now. X

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    1. Apparently Monty Don has been seen on a Henchman ladder . . . (bet he didn't have to pay for his), but they are phenomenally stable. The base is so wide it is pretty much impossible to lean outside the footprint.

      I was at my neighbour's house yesterday, they have a little motorhome and like us, you can look down on it because of the slope of the land. Strewth - the roof looked like primordial algae - makes our caravan look quite pristine.

      I promise I will not get a toothbrush out :-)

      Hurty Foot has been identified as a cut between her toes, gawd knows how she did it; iodine and a stretchy bandage to stop her licking it but she is still limping.

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  6. Hello hoppy dog - feel better soon x Love those ladders, they are brilliant for topiary, the first time I ever saw one was at Levens Hall - for all those billowing huge yews. x

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    1. Hoppy dog with Hurty Foot says please come and rescue me Aunty Kate. My horrible Mummy is cleaning my toes with this nasty brown stuff that stings. She says it is heavily diluted and will stop it getting infected. I think she is fibbing.

      Horrible Mummy says Daisy is putting it on and only limps when she knows we are watching .... and loves the topiary at Levens!

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    2. Aww poor hoppy girl :( Hope she is mending. She is more than welcome to come and languish on a blankie in front of the fire wafting her paw about in a 'peel-me-a-grape' fashion! When Moss hurt her dew claw we had to restrict her as she would race around just as much but with a pronounced limp - her need for speed over-riding the actual hurty-ness of her toe - silly dog!!

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    3. Thanks Kate. Must apologise to Daisy - she wasn't "putting it on" after all :-(

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