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Mairin's Journal

Mairin's Journal

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At long last.....the winter clean-up

07 December 2009 00:05:29

I got out to my garden - at long last.  It has been so long since I was out doing anything of real benefit that I was like a kid in a sweet shop, in my eagerness to get out and doing something.

The front garden doesn't know what hit it.  All the summer flowering foliage has been removed.  All that remains are the "back-bones" to the garden.  There are a couple of plants to be moved out and a load to be put in.  Yet again, my eyes have deceived me into believing that I have more space than I actually have.  But I am not going to panic yet - when the camellia and acer have gone to their new homes and a few grasses have been dumped (not point giving them to anyone as they aren't in the best of health), then I will set out my pots and see what will be left over.  

The back garden then got my undivided attention.  I cut down the mallow plant to about 3 inches from the ground and unwound it from around the obelisk.  I cut back the clematis, blackened dahlias and sorry-looking lupins, as well as peony foliage.  The place looks a bit bare at the moment but I'll get used to it.

No photos, I'm afraid.  Between me out gardening, my first plum pudding on the hob for 10 hours (mad stuff) and a Christmas tree going up inside, the house was a bit manic to put it mildly.  Tomorrow, I promise, weather permitting.  


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Gismo1981 Gismo1981 07 December 2009 00:12:24

I felt the same as you about getting out into the garden, I may not be able to walk tomorrow. My garden is back to being a bare bones my only hope are the spring bulbs which are showing. I can definitely house a lot more flowers but am going to try read up and spread the flowering season longer next year :O)


J.D. J.D. 07 December 2009 06:46:46

By God you crammed a lot of work into just 24 hours. Well done, Superwoman!


Clara Clara 07 December 2009 08:13:21

Glad you got a chance to get all cleared up yes it is a bt bare at the moment but it will soon be blooming again I hate when the garden looks so bare, well done I have to clean the front garden again as it is full of leaves again.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 07 December 2009 08:18:33

Mairin,you were in top gear with the garden work.Front garden,back garden all cleaned up.No stopping you.


Myrtle Myrtle 07 December 2009 09:42:56

Its a great relief when you get that done. But I agree it takes a bit of getting used to the bare look of the place.


fran m fran m 07 December 2009 14:52:55

Great work done there. All ready for the new year.


milkchurns milkchurns 07 December 2009 17:35:21

well done. i got out outside today myself and got a few things tidy up.


Lìga Lìga 07 December 2009 18:23:06

Well done Mairin!Garden have to look bare at this time of year,,but think of this,after all winter rest,it come back more beautiful like was.


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