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A year on from my first entry I'm amazed and delighted at how everything has changed. This time last year it was all plans and drawings and ideas, but now the piles of soil are a productive polytunnel and deep beds, and the remaining topsoil heap is vanishing fast into all the beds. The blank lawns have sprouted a pond, young shrubberies, a wildflower meadow and lots more trees and hedges. The front border is beginning to be less low-maintenance and more high-interest. The daffs we brought from our old house and the others that we've bought are springing up all over the garden and will be a picture this spring. Best of all the birds and animals which used to live all around us are foraging amongst the beds and stones and making good use of the trees and pond.
It's been hard work and difficult with my knee replacement last April, but so, so satisfying. Bring on the year, we can't wait to see it all bloom!
21 April 2017 10:10:05
Alan came home from Tescos a few years ago and presented me with a pretty little aquilegia he just liked the look of. It's has just kept on getting prettier and bigger every year since. One of his best buys!
This year the cherries have bloomed their socks off, so hopefully we'll get a nice crop if the cold weather promised for the weekend doesn't do for them. I like the blossom and green leaves against the red cherry leaves, the woodland corner is getting nice and full now.
21 April 2017 10:05:01
Going out in the mornings for a look round before getting onto the PC and work is so exciting these days, there's something new in bloom every day. The new roses are putting on great growth, I'm blown away by the freeby sparaxis we got from Mr Middleton, the tulips arre great this year ( when did we plant all those colours?) and the work we have done in fertilising and improving the soil in the borders has really paid off, the growth is great.
We have been under some strain lately with family problems, and it's been such a comfort to spend even an hour doing some simple chore like a bit of weeding or pricking out or watering. Gardens are so blissfully uncomplicated! Even if I had a flat I'd have to have a little balcony and pots and window boxes, just for those moments when you need to escape outside your own circling worries.
08 April 2017 05:57:32
You can keep Easter chocolate, just give me all thos April goodies in the garden. I've put up an album of April pictures, but although the flowers are the big muscles, let's not forget the glorious uncurling ferns.
08 April 2017 05:51:57
Some people get very excited about shoes or designer handbags. Me, I'm beside myself waiting for my new potting shed and propagation house. A friend has given us some lovely double-glazed windows so we've ordered a basic shed and are going to insert them into that, our carpentry skills not being up to designing one from scratch. I suspect it'll be cheaper than designer shoes! That'll leave the other shed for all the big machinery and tools. As it is I can hardly move in there, especially as the water filtration unit is in it and it's currently in bits with a fault.
Once the new shed is up, you'll find me in there, in my old gardening boots, happy out!
02 April 2017 16:47:15
Well I must say I'm pleased with Mr S! In the nick of time he's made this lovely cold frame, the first of two which will go on the front of my new potting shed, which he has also ordered! Not bad for a man who is not any kind of carpenter. No sooner painted than it's filling up.... Happy days!