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Monday, 5 February 2018

A teeny bit tired . . .

We had Saturday "off" from hedge cutting but it's not a day of rest.  Since retirement we have scheduled weekends for housework, errands, boring stuff but it is a plan that is working for us.  With the house clean, laundry done and the fridge full I may have been a tad tired by the end of Saturday, but not enough to stop us taking advantage of lovely weather on Sunday to make progress on the big hedge at the front.

Before, looking a right mess:



Management helped me remove all the black netting from the front of the hedge.   It has done a brilliant job protecting the plants but is no longer required.  We made great progress and before stopping for lunch I had managed to cut back the side of the cottage garden hedge that I couldn't reach on Friday.  Rubbish photo, but it is looking much better.



All the stringy looking stuff hanging at the top is Clematis Montana which is already coming into leaf.  Four years ago I managed to get some cuttings to take from the plant by the house, and it looks wonderful in early summer.  Hope I haven't traumatised it too much and we get blooms like this in a few months.  It flowered well last year so fingers crossed.



After lunch the scale of what had to be done to the 'fruit cage side' was clear:







Management made busy with the shredder, I tried not to fall off the wall.






It wasn't all fighting with overgrown evergreens - I found this gorgeous little nest, from the little bit of shell below it I am fairly certain it housed a robin. Not photographed and well hidden are bird boxes on the protected side of the fence posts, at least one of them had an old nest in it.



I did another couple of hours this morning, with Management stepping in to help with the debris.  Today's target was completely overgrown honeysuckle (also raised from cuttings) which had gone completely feral.  There are no half decent photos until tomorrow, the couple I took from the house when we came in are fairly dull.  The sun had gone in and we were both really, really cold .... but probably not as cold as it was on the tops of the fells.











14 comments:

  1. Great photos :) I'm glad you managed not to fall off the wall, and that little nest is so sweet :)

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    1. Thanks Eunice, without the protection from the netting I do not think the nest will be used again, but I might put up more bird boxes.

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  2. A job well done, and oh to have that clematis flowering in the Summer! X

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    1. Thank you Jules. The clematis flowered well last year but I can't find any pictures of it. The honeysuckle flowers much later so should (according to Monty) come back from such a hard prune.

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  3. You both work so hard in your garden but do take care on that wall. I hope the clematis flowers again this summer as it looks beautiful. Great photos, I really love to see snow capped mountains but don't enjoy this cold weather :)

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    1. Cheers Eileen, don't worry, I am super careful (by my usual scatty standards) when working on that area.

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  4. Wow, I now know what you were talking about. That was big job for you & I don't know how you do it. Good on Mgt too, but may I ask what Madam was doing. Don't go overdoing it & stay warm. The snow looks fab on the peaks. Take care.

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    1. Hi Susan, Madam came to visit, tried to reach my by jumping on the platform, then got bored and went inside to sleep away the day.

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  5. See you have been busy again! Your garden certainly keeps you on your toes - take care of your shoulder you need it to do your quilting xx

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    1. Thanks Kate, I have been taking lots of care of my shoulder and have some new exercises which have made a mahooosive difference and (whispers) haven't been in pain for a few weeks.

      Until half an hour ago - we've been shovelling snow off the drive!

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  6. Our last house had huge hedges, so glad we are hedge free here. I am training some climbers up fences to give a softer feel. But we decided we are getting too old for huge hedges.

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    1. Hi Marlene, we are mindful that the hedges might become difficult to maintain as we get older, but round here fences don't tend to last very long. Unless you are really lucky either the wood rots or it all blows down.

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  7. Much better than going to a boring gym and there is something to see for your efforts.

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    1. Sue, what is this "gym" thing of which you speak 😄😄

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