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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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Turning a Corner

14 June 2009 21:36:22
bell on pergola

bell on pergola

Oh, dear. Just lost a really long journal entry and don't think I have the heart to re-do it.

I was just saying how I feel that my garden has turned a metaphorical corner over the last two days.

I put down the bark mulch on the 'rose' beds' and was then delighted to see I had lots left. I put it on various borders and it has really improved the cut of the place. I am now debating which one of two borders to put the remaining mulch on.

I have done a lot of planting out and even sunk my second pond today. When I say pond though, please don't compare this to Jacinta's beauty. My second pond is literally a basin. I was inspired by my friend's garden in Germany with lots of tiny ponds. They really attract frogs apparently and, if you'll excuse the pun, she said her garden is fairly hopping with them in the summer.

Mostly what I did today, however, was to tweak! I used my son's skateboard (don't tell him) to move around heavy ceramic pots. I did a lot of placing objects, standing back and then moving them. I haven't had a chance to do that this year and it makes all the difference. The bell in the photo, for example, was bought in France last summer and only now have we put it up!

Oh and hubbie planted out the pumpkins up in the veg area. Peas, beans, lettuce, rocket, Jerusalem artichokes, Swiss chard, cabbage, Pak Choi, strawberries and cucumber are fairly zooming up up there. And hubbie is looking very smug indeed.

Oh and before I forget, encouraged by the news that the Mullingar get-together is going ahead, I took a tour of my garden, collecting various seedlings. They're small now but they should bulk up in pots between now and mid July, providing me with plenty of swaps.

So, that's what I've been up to in the last two days. New photos in the June 09, New Borders and Giant Mums albums.


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Jacinta Jacinta 14 June 2009 22:22:26

Love the bell, Rachel. It has that 'olde worlde' charm about it. But I know if I had put something like that in my garden when my girls were younger, they would have driven me mental, ringing it all the time. Ha ha. Obviously your kids are better disciplined.


Rachel Rachel 14 June 2009 22:31:01

You have got to be kidding! I had to hold the bell up for about 20 minutes beforehand, just so everyone could get a good ring in. We attached it where it can be reached by little arms without them straining to reach it and ending up by pulling down the pergola. It's really loud though. Lucky the garden is large and the neighbours remote.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 14 June 2009 22:48:54

Your hubby,Rachel is ringing the perfect tune in the veg garden with all the veg growing so fast and well.


HeadGardener HeadGardener 15 June 2009 01:10:01

The kids can use the bell to bring you home when you get lost in the garden Rachel!! Must have a nosey at the photos but maybe tomorrow!


LindaB LindaB 15 June 2009 11:27:49

Rachel, the bark mulch makes such a hugh difference, after seeing it in Bills garden and now yours I think I will invest in some at some stage. It looks great around Joybells garden and veg garden too. I always thought it blew all over the place but it really looks fab.


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