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Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Coppice, day two

Once I had decided which bits of log I wanted to use for edging and Management cut them down to size for me, he attacked the remainder with the chainsaw and produced three large buckets of woodburner-sized bits.





Three trays of snowdrops have patiently been waiting since April 2018, but finally the place I want to put them is ready.  They should be safe from accidental boots at the back of the new bed we are creating.



The logs are sacrificial - they will protect the bulbs until the rest of the bed is filled in and over time the wood will rot away adding to the soil.



Took the time to enjoy the hellebores and look at how much has been achieved in the last couple of days but packed up early because it was just too cold out of the sun.













This little winter aconite is always the first to come into flower.



Daisy came and joined us for a while but soon got bored.  When we are working outside we usually leave a door open, even when it's freezing, so that Her Ladyship can go in when she wants to.  Which she did, and this is how we found her.    Awwww, bless . . .














16 comments:

  1. It's been really cold here today so if it's been the same for you I don't blame Daisy for going back inside. The photo of her is lovely, she looks really cute :)

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    1. Thanks Eunice, we thought exceptionally cute too, but of course she woke up as soon as I took a picture.

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  2. Finally did a little tour around here.

    Now I know, that your husband is the "Management."

    And that you have an amazing process going there.

    And what "coppice-ing" is about.

    Have never seen anything like this. Really amazing!

    ✨✨✨✨

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    1. Thanks WoW :-) Glad you are enjoying your visits to "Bag End".

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  3. I love to see snowdrops, they are so delicate and pretty. Your path looks great with the log edging. Daisy bless her, she does like her home comforts. She's like Annie, once she's had her walk she becomes a sofa loafer for the rest of the day :)

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    1. Cheers Eileen, I do love bark paths and miss those we originally created here, even though maintaining them was quite a bit of work.

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  4. Awww, I see that Daisy is a fairweather gardener. Archie doesn't like the cold weather, he turns his nose up at going in the garden in winter.

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    1. Archie is not stupid! Daisy has bounced around outside a bit this week, but only for a short while and then gone in because we're busy.

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  5. It was nice to see the sunshine again, I am doing very little in my garden. Today the south (here) is going to be much colder than the north, going to wrap up warm today.

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    1. I think you had it much colder than us Marlene, but probably brighter too.

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  6. Daisy has the right idea. We need to acquire more snowdrops for a newly cleared patch.

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    1. Hi Sue, I have had a lot of success splitting clumps of snowdrops after they flower and it is surprising how quickly they bulk up again.

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  7. You've been very busy in the garden Jayne, it's looking good. Daisy looks nice and cosy in her coat snuggled up on the sofa.

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    1. Thanks Eleanor, we have to make the most of decent days when we can.

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  8. How many blankets does a dog need? As many as she can damned well get! :-)

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    1. How many blankets? Loads and loads and loads, you are absolutely right!

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