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Sunday, 29 October 2017

Lovely day to be in the garden

Clear sky, no rain, no wind ... are we still in Cumbria?



Perfect conditions to collect loads of fallen leaves from the lane which runs up the side of the garden.  With Management's help we filled seven builders' bags in less than an hour and emptied the leaves onto the big shrubbery bed near the Big Pond.





This bed has been badly neglected over the last couple of years but that hasn't stopped the plants growing.  The privet, which only needs to be about 4 feet high to make a hedge, was about three times that and needed a severe seeing to.





I wielded a pruning saw, Management ran the shredder (with the chippings going straight back onto this bed).  Huge improvement, I can see the individual trees now, although we still need to cut back the laurel that is threating to swamp a lovely red flowered Hawthorn.







The cyclamen I moved down to the bottom of the garden seem to be happy.





Management did more leaf blowing and cleared the paths, and I ran the lawnmower around where I could to pick them up.  I know this won't last, but it does look lovely when everything is tidy.







The ground is so sodden and damp that we could not even contemplate cutting the grass by the pond.  This area is never ever going to be well drained and dry, neither is the section up by the Coppice; serious consideration being given as to whether we could replace the grass with something else that could be walked on and was evergreen.  My immediate ideas were ivy or vinca and to Management's surprise the those are the two suggestions from the RHS website .... hmmmm ..... unusual but so what?  We'll have to see what mood I'm in next Spring before making any decisions!



We were not the only ones to enjoy being outside on such a lovely day:



Smiles all round at watching the sheer joy of having a back rub and playing upside-down-ball (no, we haven't worked out the rules either, but as long as Daisy is enjoying herself then who cares 😊😊 )




















13 comments:

  1. Looks like a profitable day where much was achieved. I love autumn but hate the falling leaves, and as soon as you clear one lot up another lot appear. Daisy certainly looks like she was enjoying herself with her game of upside-down-ball :)

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    1. I suppose I should really have said 'a profitable day with mu(l)ch achieved! lol

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    2. Thanks Eunice, I am mu[l]ch impressed with your play on wurdz!!

      The joy on Daisy’s face when she plays like this is wonderful to see,

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  2. It's all looking lovely Jayne. There are so many leaves here too. I went for a run this morning and it was struggle to run through them all. The bright blue sky is making me want to roll around like Daisy too! X

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    1. Cheers Jules, perhaps you and Lily should find some leaves to roll in this weekend !!

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  3. We had two mornings of frost and , whoosh!, all the leaves finally came down! Trouble with Vinca is that it sends the stems out in quite a hoop and I find them quite trippy to walk on! Ivy less so. Daisy looks totally absorbed and i don't blame her!

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    1. Hi Amanda, thanks for the plant advice, much appreciated. I have some vinca which needs rehoming, and that might be good in the area next to the Coppice which we won’t be walking on much, and maybe ivy for the larger area by the pond?

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  4. We have and still are getting sunny days with warmth in the afternoons, and like you spend time outside. Our plot is tiny, but still the same jobs have to be done, picking up leaves and cutting back. Your garden does look good, glad you had some play time as well.

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    1. Thanks Marlene, hope you are getting out in your van, as well as out into the garden :)

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  5. Oh what glorious sunshine, send some here immediately (please) as I am rather tired of these yellow grey days with thin cloud and no sunshine - sigh. On a happier note - your dog is as dilly as mine :) xx

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    1. I wish I could send you some of Sunday’s brightness, it was a tonic for all of us.

      Daisy may be as daft as Miss Moss, but I don’t think she ever gets quite so muddy :)

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  6. Lovely, tidy garden and one very happy dog. My Border Collie used to habitually roll on his current toy - to scent it and make it definitely HIS? Whatever the reason, it made him immensely happy. Gardening today for me, too - as the sun is shining and the grass is drying at last. I wonder if this might be the last cut of the year? (she thought, hopefully . . . . )

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    1. Hi Rosie, we have worked out that Daisy rolls on her toys in order to scratch the middle of her back, there is always a complicated sequence of wriggling about and moving into “just the right spot”.

      I too would love to have done the last cut but in the last few years it has been so mild in winter that the grass has barely stopped growing. The limiting factor is usually how sodden the ground is.

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