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Tuesday, 8 January 2019

What a difference a (sunny) day makes

"Frabjous day, callooh callay, he chortled in his joy".   OK, Jabberwocky I'm not, but I am happy.  Amazing how working outside in the sunshine for about 4 hours can completely eradicate tiredness, sneezes, snuffles and general malaise.

There were reflections, and out of season blooms:





But I spent all my time in the lovely little woodland garden I call a Coppice.

Made a new path:



Laid out some new edging and spread bark chip:



Cleared around the hostas, some of which already have new buds so the big bucket of eggshells will be coming out to play soon.





Cut back old leaves from the hellebore, seems a bit brutal bit it is the only way to try and keep on top of the blackspot:






Intend to do the same, if not more, tomorrow;  the bark chip is already in position.






13 comments:

  1. I presume you don't have a 'Tumtum tree' in the garden. Did you at any time stand in 'uffish thought' then go 'galumphing back' to the house? lol. I like the first photo - it's good to get outside in the sunshine even if it's a bit cold, it's been lovely here for the last couple of days.

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    1. No tumtum trees Eunice, but uffish thought is a regular ponderous occurence! As is galumphing back to the house, usually for more coffee :)

      I thought of you standing on your head for the first photo {{grin}}

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    2. Well I hadn't done but now you mention it....lol

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  2. We had a perfect winters sunny day here, spent an hour in greenhouse

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  3. Oh yes! The delicious joy of sunshine when gardening xx

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    1. Thanks Kate, just the delicious joy of anything outside when it's sunny!!

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  4. I'm glad you're feeling better and enjoying this winter sunshine and getting some jobs done in your garden.

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    1. Thanks Eileen, being outside and getting a few things done has been wonderful. Fingers crossed for tomorrow?

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  5. How did I miss this one....

    Anyway, sunlight always makes things better! :-)

    Still can't get over how you have things in bloom!! In Jan.! Not here... Not here...

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    1. Sadly now deceased, Geoff Hamilton was a pioneer of organic gardening and the very popular presenter of Gardener's World, the longest running TV programme in England. He famously said if you go to a garden centre once a month and buy something in bloom you will have flowers in your garden all year.

      So simple, but very accurate, and it is not too difficult to have flowers all year in most of this country. Of course, the Gulf Stream helps too :-)

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  6. I need to cut back our hellebore leave now the first flowers are showing.

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    1. Our Coppice is very sheltered Sue, so the blooms seem to come particularly early.

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