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Many thanks to all the many people who have welcomed me to the garden club. I have only just realised that gardening can be very much an on your own task and there are so many good things that one can now share with other like-minded people, things that only a gardener appreciates, like for example seeing the first grey green tiny leaves of helenium nestling in the very bottom of the old withered stems. I know Ill have to wait until late summer but theres a joy in knowing they have overwintered. It was my first time planting them last year.
Went out today and settled in the two new pots. they were a bit too high so I set them into the earth. They are at the bottom of big cypress trees so the roots didnt help my positioning! I wondered about trimming off some of the lower branches to give a bit more air and space but would that be a desecration?
Will get in touch with everyone who kindly welcomed me but it will take time. Am really pleased to be part of the community!
Also decided to spend twenty minutes shaping up a quince that had become overgrown and had thorns going through it. An hour and a bit later, scratched, mauled and pierced, the battle was over. And battle it really was. There is a great show of red buds and though I had to sacrifice some there will be plenty left. The rabbits had made a very comfortable burrow behind it! Live and let live as long as they dont eat too much!
19 March 2017 00:01:00
Just to say Lidle has got in a lot of nice stuff. Got a good biggish magnolia stellata for a tenner! There were two sorts and nice big rhodos for thirteen euro. Id say they will be snapped up soon so if you are near a Lidle...
17 March 2017 21:16:01
And if I can manage it ill do an album but these few are to explain my previous journal-the levelling beside Katie's path. Have an amount of plants to get in-maybe tomorrow-two very nice (cheap) small conifers, three hebes, a heather, alstromerias and loads ofmichaelmas daisies (again very cheap-looked very shook but all now revealing green shoots, oh and two Nandinas that need a bit of cosseting, The magnolia soulangea seems in bloom very early. Hope frosts dont come,
13 March 2017 22:45:22
Yesterday i was walking along the wood path and looked down on the one below, Katies path! It is bordered by three or four larger rocks and then smaller ones. There is a slight slope down into the boggy area. I think I distinctly heard a whisper but Cherub Lute said he wasn't in the vicinity. It sounded like him though and he has been so instrumental in creating the Bottoms, maybe it was just one of his many thoughts lingering in the air. 'If you levelled out that tiny slope it might make the edging rocks more imortant and then the tree might stand out more and the steps might be more pronounced...just a suggestion..' so Scrubber was down digging out soft black peaty soil and raking it and levelling and it did look well or at least better. Funny how a little thing just works. The path is better, the edge is better, the link to the boggy bit is better.
Then back to real work-trying to root out all the debris under the prickly ivy smothered base of the berberis , The border will be all the better for it but its dirty tangly work. I also had earlier trimmed the stipa gigantea-with a scissors! so I also had to tease out all that hay!!
I have a lot of plants to get in but have to get the border weeded first. So I was glad I took the time off earlier to follow that mysterious suggestion! Will put up the photographs of the work tomorrow night.
11 March 2017 20:32:55
Scrub Denizens were watching Mr scrubber very carefully today as he has had a gammy hip for a while. X ray showed its just a gammy hip and does not need replacing for which Scrubber was so grateful. Held up well today so that is the last you will hear of it.
It was a wet morning but the day turned and I was able to plant up a little area with a new pieris-I had six of them- and I put them in for Joshua as I remember the day he came with rachel to visit my garden, a lovely quiet earnest eleven year old. I will always remember him when I see them.
After that I went to my long border and started at the back, edging and clearing and putting the extra forget me nots down in the Scrub. I used a saw-real one-to divide a big clump of that grassy flower-libertia? and reset them .
Then took the snowdrops out of the urns and set them in the side border and of course that necessitated cleaning it up sufficiently to do so.I noticed a thirty year old Buddleia was almost dead so that will have to come out but it has given huge service.
So grateful to be out again. Spring was defiitely in the air if not quite in my step.And the Magnolia seem to be coming very early this year. Now that I think of it I bought a magnolia....oh no I remember-It was a present for a dear friend-for a minute there I wondered where I had put it!!!!Senior phases rather than moments!!!
22 February 2017 20:15:03
Its been a wet day but the soaking will be great for the little beech hedge surrounding the Pwincesses seat and the two azaleas that went in yesterday. It has also washed Hazel's rock clean and it looks so well,. And I got the time to label all sixty photos in the album I set up last night. So if anybody wants to recap on them ....
next I have so many beds to clean it will take me till Christmas! Got a nice size apricot Prunus (not americanus but something like that) for 10 euro in Arboretum. We were buying a present for a dear friend's birthday Magnolia L Messel and when I put the tenner with it I got a fine new handfork for nothing. a really nice one. Whats not to like!