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Sunday, 17 February 2019

A little more than expected

At bedtime yesterday it was quite possible that I'd have another day off today . . .

But I slept well, woke early, and felt like getting on with it, so was out spreading bark chip over the bulb bed before 8.30 this morning, which is very, very early for me!



Cleaned up the little bed opposite, mulched that too, taking care to avoid all those lovely plump Peony buds.  It feels like Spring is early this year - we had a mild winter and once January departed the temperatures have risen and there's even been sunshine and occasional warmth.





We got the tubs filled and in position for tomorrow's session, deciding to come in at lunchtime before it started raining.  Good move, because on the last run my tractor got a big puncture.  Eeek, without Little Red Tractor, moving bark chip doesn't really bear thinking about.  The tyre is in the boot of M's car and he will take it down to Goodfellows first thing tomorrow.



Of course, because we packed up just before the forecast bad weather arrived, after lunch we had bright sunshine and not too much breeze.  I only went back out to do a little weeding on the bed behind the Top Pond (honest), but things went rather well and I finished half of it.





The Gunnera is already showing new season's growth:



and these gorgeous but strange looking things are the emerging buds of Primula denticulata



At risk of sounding like a broken record, I'm having daily "pinch me" moments.  To be getting this much done, this early in the season, is a joy and completely unexpected.  Also a very tiring joy, but nothing a good soak in the bath with Epsom Salts cannot fix😀😀







20 comments:

  1. Glad you are finding joy gardening - but do rest in between frolicking in the wood chip with all those delicious shoots and buds !

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    1. Thank you dear girl, worry not - I am resting, sleeping & eating well, and enjoying "playing" (good grief, sound like a bloomin' puppy!) Not frolicking in the wood chip though, all those small bits get everywhere 😁

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  2. We are certainly ahead of where we usually are with prep work this year. I just hope we aren’t spoiling for the weather putting a spanner in the works.

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    1. Quite possible Sue, March always has the potential to be thoroughly unpleasant! But even if next month is ghastly, I'll still be way ahead of where I usually am.

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  3. It's all looking good, Jayne. I think we might just have seen the last of the very cold weather this winter.
    In the woods today I was surprised to notice the slight scent of garlic as I had unknowingly disturbed some early wild garlic shoots. X

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  4. I don't blame you for getting on with things while the weather is as good as it is right now. Your garden is looking great for all your hard work. We just had a few spots of rain here, nothing to speak of at all. It's lovely to be able to just put the heating on in the evening now.

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    1. Thanks Eileen, at present we seem to put the heating on more "do you think Daisy is warm enough" rather than for us!

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  5. Being exhausted after time in the garden is a good feeling, because you can see all the good work you have done, with the knowledge you are ahead this year. Your garden looks good.

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    1. You are so right Marlene, is is a lovely sort of tiredness :) Thanks for the nice words about the garden.

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  6. Another very productive day, and the pond is looking good. It's good to get ahead of yourself but don't overdo it. I know you posted this last night but I was too busy writing about snowdrops to comment just then :-)

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    1. Hi Eunice, I am so pleased to have your comments, whenever you leave them, you must not worry about being "late". 💖

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  7. Looking Good! The weather was glorious here in Lancashire too and the cat happily accompanied me for some weeding, tidying and digging out of a tree stump. The temperatures are amazing and I even noticed some hawthorn leaves out today. Spring may have arrived.

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    1. Nothing nicer than to have a four-paws companion watching us sorting out the garden. Us 'Staff' know our place. 😍

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  8. So great to see you getting ahead of schedule. xx

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  9. Another day well done. Better a little tiring now, than slogging away in heat, in the middle of summer, so hopefully by then you'll be sitting back, relaxing, enjoying the fruits of your labours. Take care & huggles.

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    1. Absolutely right Susan, although there is no guarantee we will have another scorching summer, it's a nice feeling knowing I am getting prepared in case we do.

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  10. Re: Your comment on my blog post....

    Thank you! I really appreciated this comment! Since we both obviously think the same way. I'd call it clear-headed. "Just the facts Jack!" as the old saying goes.

    Personally, I just can't fathom those, who close their eyes, to the facts. Either, of how much *Junk* they are leaving, for family/someone to clear out, after their death. Or, and a big Or, people who can not get rid of stuff, they have had to clear out of a dead person's home, and brought home with them. -head desk- -head desk- -head desk-

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