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Wednesday, 27 June 2018

More garden catch-up

I'm keen to publish my Scotland photos but knowing myself rather too well, if I do not deal with the recent garden backlog first . . . bla bla bla.

So let's combine a few things, in no particular order:

More painting of the house kind
May 2018 was fairly silly in that we had two Bank Holidays, BOTH of which were warm, dry and sunny.  Management and I wielded paintbrushes for most of both weekends and I have to confess it's still not finished.  Management got diverted off to the sprayer (see below) and I was working at the front of the house, with no shade, and got rather too close to sun-stroke and complete exhaustion.  BUT, the green looks brilliant and eventually we'll get round to the rest.  Or not.  {shrugs shoulders} - clearly still in relaxed holiday mode 'cos right now I am not particularly bothered.





More painting of the furniture kind
Management did a brilliant job with the paint sprayer.  A couple of pieces need sanding down and re-coating but overall we'd never have achieved this much, this quickly, without spraying.  We also used a surprisingly small amount of paint.



Severe pruning of the clematis kind
The weekend before I went to Scotland was very much "let's get a couple more jobs finished, and then we can relax" and one of the big tasks was my going up onto the roof/steel canopy and giving the huge Clematis montana 'Broughton Star' a very severe "seeing to".  It has not been cut back properly for about six years and was steadily working its way up the roof, onto the solar panels, and generally having a wonderful time being a hooligan;  an exceptionally attractive hooligan, but still an out-of-control one!



I didn't want to stand on the roof tiles so spent my time balanced on the steels keeping my feet as close to the house wall as possible;  this picture shows where they are when the frame was put up in 2009.



It wasn't dangerous, and if I'd fallen I wouldn't have gone through anything, but it was hard on the muscles and not a job I want to do very often, even though we really ought to give the clematis a haircut as soon as it finishes flowering each year.









The greatest fun with a job like this is the opportunity to take photos from a nicely elevated viewpoint.









10 comments:

  1. Love your photos overlooking the garden, it all looks so tidy. I’m stuck inside again, bloody neighbours.

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    1. So sorry to hear that once again you are having problems Marlene. I confess that is one of the reasons (apart from my being an obsessive gardener) we went for a property with such a large garden. Although we have been fortunate and never had neighbour issues, we wanted to put as much real estate between us and any future problems as possible. I realise we are extremely fortunate to be able to do this and not everyone can make those sort of choices.

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  2. Wonderful photos from up above and I do admire your having no fear of heights! I really love the green colour, it's just perfect.

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    1. Thanks Eileen. Going up the ladder is easy, being at the top is fine, it is the coming down which requires a little more concentration!

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    2. Stepping out on to the first rung of the ladder at the top was the bit that got to me. Because you have no choice but to look down. Worth it for the view though.. :)

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    3. Thanks Jessica. The most tricky thing here was getting the first foot back onto the ladder when it was time to come down, not hugely difficult, just required concentration. Those Henchman ladders are proving extremely versatile and useful!

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  3. Your clematis is a stunning hooligan & I don't think I've ever seen one that "big", especially over here, where the growth is usually not good with our severe heat in summer. Definitely lovely views from up there, so thanks for taking the camera up with you & snapping away amongst he hard work. A green house now! Hope I can find it next year. Take care.

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    1. Hi Susan, hope you are able to see "the green house" next year :) xx

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  4. Definitely something that I wouldn’t be tackling despite amazing photo opportunities.

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    1. That's a shame Sue, you miss some lovely perspectives

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