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Tuesday, 3 August 2021

The ugly truth

Last week I shared a picture of the seating area next to my Big Pond and you were so kind in your comments about how lovely it looked.

The ugly truth however, is that in reality it was looking dirty, tatty, messy and not really conducive to a relaxing sit with a good book. As usual I missed the real 'before' picture of out-of-control hedging which had grown through the metal supports and made the deck about a metre smaller than it really is.


A consequence of tons and tons of manure and mulch over the years means the already decent soil is rich and holds moisture and plants generally grow very well.

A consequence of tons and tons of manure and mulch over the years means that plants grow like Topsy and pruning is a never-ending job which I am not good enough at. It's a bit Mad-Eye Moody - "Constant vigilence!" and I am rubbish at it.


But a very determined hour with the big loppers to try to persuade laurel and wisteria that we need to co-exist in this space, and two passes with the pressure washer, and NOW it is looking picture-ready.






What the non-gardener might see as lush growth around the pond is, sadly, rampant out of control growth which is out-competing smaller plants and blocking the view of the water in many areas. So that's the next massive demolition job which awaits . . . but first I need to show you what we have done to the area around the pond, which might be the next post if I can get myself organised.


24 comments:

  1. It looks very pretty in the first picture, I could quite happily spend some lazy time there. I look forward to a follow-up post, your work at the coal face must be paying off :)

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    1. Thanks Eunice, the "reclamation job" won't be complete until we have dug out some of the over enthusiastic plants opposite the deck which are blocking the view . . . but it will happen when it happens 😉

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  2. We strive for a healthy productive garden, and when we get our wish out comes snips, loppers ect to control it, I am cutting something back most weeks in our tiny garden.

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    1. You're right Marlene, be careful what you wish for!

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  3. The struggle is real. The rainforest-like weather we've had this summer has really highlighted what's going to be running rampant in my garden if I don't keep my Mad Eye on it. Which is kind of really brilliant as well because this is only my second summer in this space and I'm thrilled and delighted that it's doing so well.

    I say that now.....ask me again in a couple of years when I'm cursing myself my planting choices. :D

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    1. Mad Eye Moody knew what he was talking about ðŸĪŠðŸ˜ą

      One or two of my planting choices may have been slightly unwise, but that is (in the main) because I am dreadful at cutting things back - it always feels so cruel. 😭😭

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  4. It's a never-ending battle! I must say that spot of yours looks gorgeous and the colour of your decking is sublime. I'm off out to do battle with the bindweed and laurel shortly unless rain stops play. Wish me luck! xxx

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    1. Thanks Vix. Don't envy you bindweed, but with horsetail and ground elder I have quite enough to fight. No rain here . . . yet.

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  5. I could relax there, it looks lovely to me.

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    1. Don't get me wrong Eileen, it ~ IS ~ lovely, absolutely bloomin' lovely, but I'm not very good at relaxing ðŸĪ—

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  6. It's the scale of your garden and the plants that makes me blanche at the thought. My plot is not small but the location and relatively poor soil keeps the vegetation at a reasonably manageable level. I look forward to seeing yours after your next blitz.

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    1. As always Graham, you have absolutely nailed it, thank you.

      Nothing I do in this garden is clever, difficult, noteworthing or of much horticultural merit. BUT, everything which does have to be done happens at large scale. I am, however, taking small steps to make gentle modifications to account for the fact that I have fewer years ahead of me than lie behind but there is still a phenomenal amount I want to see & do, and that means I cannot (or will not) spend every available moment gardening.

      If you want a laugh about the scale of this garden, please have a look at an old post published on 6th May 2012 🙄😆 (I would still take the extra acre if it was on offer!)

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    2. Just read your 2012 post. Yes. Your garden is sizeable. My plot is just over half the size of your current one although the croft land around me is much greater (it used to be farmed but has lain unused for a good few years) and I could utilise as much of that as I wanted but just have a shelter belt to the North of and in addition to my garden. I don't want any extra work.

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  7. Having seen your garden & knowing it's size, I agree, it is a lot of work to keep up with all that needs doing to maintain them when large. I admire your efforts & although it can look a little wayward at times, it is always pleasing to the eye and especially to non-gardeners who envy all the "lushness". Look forward to more updates. Take care & huggles.

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  8. its a lovely area, i could see myself sat there...

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    1. Thanks Anji, it is a large space and there is plenty of room, Eileen has already booked her spot and you are welcome to join us :-)

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  9. Being a non-gardener it all looks lovely to me :)

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    1. Seeing all the lovely things you and L. grow I don't think you can really call yourself a non-gardener. xx

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  10. Sorry about the Spam comment that got through - not sure how I missed that one but it has been thoroughly deleted.

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  11. Gardens tend to be never-ending work, but they are usually worth it. The seating area looks great and I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with the pond.

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    1. thanks Nikki, the pond beds need a massive and brutal overhaul. ☹️

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  12. Love it! I see so many blogs with the picture perfect garden or interior, and you don't get to see the reality. So much better seeing a before and after. Oh, it looks absolutely gorgeous now, although I wouldn't be able to read. I would be watching the pond life - do you have dragons and damsels? I imagine you do.

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    1. Hello, long time no see, hope you are both well. x

      Yes we have loads of damsels, both blue & red and a good number of dragonflies, mostly Golden Ringed (I think) and some lovely fluffy types which might be Chasers.

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