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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!
22 April 2017 22:48:52
Was a bit disheartened at all there was to do at present so Scrubber very sensibly followed cherub Lute's advice. It just floated into Scrubber's mind 'Do one small area well and then see what happens'. He is so wise for one so young. After all he's only about 100 in our years which is nothing for a cherub.
So for two days I laboured on the circle of walnuts at the front and finished this evening. Theres a small one foot border around and little circles around the trunks and box bushes. Theres a lot of Lady's mantel but a lot of weeds daisies plantain vetch etc mixed in with the roots so painstakingly inch by inch Scrubber moved round and round but it was satisfying and he forgot all the other things-
Oh and also found time to collect another obelisk! Two more to finish-- and managed to paint it and place it. They dont dominate at all and I hope the clematis will soon grow up around them and also the sweet pea that Jackie told me are in Lidle. Is it too late to sew seeds as I have two packets???
So if anyone feels like despairing-dont! Just do a little bit well! (Although I cant help wondering how another garden seems to have every little bit at perfection level...)
20 April 2017 20:11:52
So said my very wise grandson on one accasion when I thought I was doing well by telling him I had a present. A Book is no' a pwesent I was told very firmly. I know how he felt as I worked today. 'Sweepin' is NOT gardenin' I spent a lot of time sweeping the yard and the grass clippings on the drive and doing the joints in the sets with one of those longhandled wire brushes.
Earlier I planted four clematis in advance of the ordered Obelisks! I am going to have three more of the pillar like ones and if the clematis dont work Ill fill them with sweet pea! Had great fun trimming the branches of a hawthorn as one of the obelisks fits beside it and so I had to ensure that there was lots of light in the canopy. Now that WAS gardening and I enjoyed meself.
Managed to get some lawn cut as some of the daffs have finally turned yellow. The snowdrops also. Got an idea of leaving a narrow grass path -actually the lawn but no snowdrops and I will try to set them behind it in a long triangle of grass. The pattern was there but I didnt realise it until I cut the grass.
And Im definitely going to have loads of tulips next year both in beds and in grass. Im going to start buying bit by bit as soon as they come into shops but wont plant until november.
But theres SO MUCH to be done at present as everything is racing on. Grass is knee high and weeds are flourishing and veg beds are totally empty,,,,,,,,
19 April 2017 20:30:38
Before it did I managed to get down to that path edge. There was a huge reed growing over the main stone. I went at it with an axe and it just folded! I was quite surprised and wondered if I went at more things, people, taxes with an axe would I clear them as easily!. The main stone the one at the end, caused me no grief but the one beside it was awkward. easy to dislodge but difficult to reinstate. The secret was little by little and no straining. Funnily enough the muddy ground below yielded up quite a few nice small rocks- I had no idea they were there- also the top of an unbudgeable! I just cleared the clay from the top and left it. Had some nice wildish looking primulas and I put them in and today I transplanted a few dogwoods which should look well in Spring next year.
Yesterday as I laboured at the new edge of the bottom path I got a text to say the new obelisk was ready. I had asked ian to make me a sort of columnar obelisk that would fit a narrow border. When I saw it I was delighted. Exactly what I requested and he capped it with a spearpoint from an old railing he had. I spent a happy two hours painting it today. It began to rain when I was halfway through it so it was fun trying to get the half painted obelisk into the garage without mucking it or me!
I took a photograph or two so you could see it. Hope you like it as much as I do.Sorry have tried twice to upload and it wont work.Ill try one more time.
17 April 2017 21:06:35
Some people might say I have a sad life! I am sitting here and looking forward to tomorrow. Now there's lots of work to be done, weeding, strimming, clearing...BUT today i was down in the scrub and as I glanced down at the bottom path I suddenly saw that one rock that bordered the path was really striking and that if I were to-no not move it!!!--- if I were to cut away the reeds that were at the back of it it would enhance the stone and show up the edge of the path and make it more defined. So before I do any work tomorrow I'm going down to do that and Im so looking forward to seeing the difference. As I said above -a sad life! but a happy one! And there's NO MOVING INVOLVED!
Im going to put up some egghunt pictures. There not very eggciting but as Micileen would say they gave the children eggshepshional fun! --and the adults!I enclosed below the clues I gave them. If you have been to the Scrub you may recognise some of the places!
Easter Egg Hunt First set of clues 16/4/2017
1) Down the stone steps in a basket I see
Where a statue is minding a nice egg for me!
2)There’s a goose in the scrub and an egg she is minding
Although it’s not golden, it’s really worth finding!
3)A tree with four trunks, a stone head in the middle
Might just show you an egg and answer this riddle!
4)I know a wise owl who sits in a tree
And who possibly has a small eggy for me!
5)Theres a wheel in the garden that never turns round
But within its bent spokes a nice egg might be found!
Easter Egg Hunt Second set of clues 16/4/2017
1)The Lantern of Knowledge may show where you find
The first of your eggs, the rest not far behind!
2)If you walk the wood path and look up to the skies
A bird’s house might harbour a pleasant surprise.
3)Who knows the mind of Buddha? let those who would draw near
A nice surprise before your eyes, behind the Buddha’s ear!
4) Across the little wooden bridge, there lies a leaning tree
And in its core there’s something more, a little treat for me.
5) Of all the rhododendrons, the nicest is the white
And up among its branches there is the strangest sight!
17 April 2017 13:09:01
Yesterday was a day the Scrub should remember for a long time! We had an early morning egg hunt and both grandchildren kindly forgot their ages and humoured grandad and searched diligently. They had separate sets of clues and having gathered five eggs each they merited the special envelope containing their Easter Prize!
Then after a wonderful lunch their two young cousins arrived and the three boys had another egg hunt! They had such fun and ended up taking off their shoes and running through the mud in the bottoms missing all the lobelias by a miracle.'We ran between the flowers Grandad!
Meanwhile the parents sat on one of the big rocks and enjoyed the chase. Then still on the rock had tea and buns and red velvet cup cakes freshly made.
The Scrub Denizens approved mightily. 'Lovely to hear all the young voices' Micilin Dee and even G Nome said it was nice to watch the shenanigans!
Id say it will have been a memorable day for all. And it was nice to see the scrub being used as a playground and a cafe!