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TheH (Hazel)'s Journal

TheH (Hazel)'s Journal December 2016

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Back in the Garden

28 December 2016 21:03:22

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Now that the Christmas madness is subsiding I managed to get out in the garden for a few sessions! Venturing out i was faced by a dilemma that is probably familiar to most of you - where to start????

Would I concentrate on one area and to the COMPLETE TIDY, WEED, TRIM or woud I try and give an impression of overall tidiness by tackling the dreaded leaves?

Well, day one I tackled just one area and it took the entire session to get it sorted - including shredding the cut back Michaelmas Daisies from that border - total effort less than 3 hours finishing at dusk!

Day two I took the other apporach - a previous HelpX helper had gathered a lot of the leaves from the woodland together on the path but hadn't got around to picking them up so I gathered up as much as I could, then realised that he hadn't actually raked off ALL the leaves so that needed doing. Then I realised that the helebores I transplanted to that area were coming into bud but they weren't visible so I cut off all last years leaves and look forward to watching them thrive!

Its good to be able to walk a,ong the path without wading through leaves! Interestingly, this also took about 3 hours - but I didn't get the shredding done this time!

Johnstown Calling!

28 December 2016 20:24:15

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Ok - now that the Plum Pudding has been eaten and you've walked it off in this lovely weather its time to get back out to the garden!

Time to start looking for plants you might want to swap at Johnstown!

For newcomers the process is very simple - if you have divisions or seedlings from your garden that you would like to send to a good home, just put up a journal with a list (including how many you have) and keep an eye on that journal - you can edit it if people have "booked" your plants!

The tricky bit is that youw will need a LABEL on these plants on the day with YOUR NAME as the donor and the name of the lucky person getting yoru plant! It all gets a bit crazy at the plant swap so this little bit o homework will make life a lot easier for you on the day!

I'm hoping that lots of the newcomers will join us on Saturday 7th January for a great day out!

I need to do a bit of a tidy-up of the "plants in waiting" in my garden before I can put up a list!

Christmas Eve

24 December 2016 08:58:35
Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

My good friend Joan encouraged me to go for a Spa break to get me past Brendan's anniversary. it was an inspiration. I came home refreshed and full of energy so O put my newly acquired skills to good use - and all from my own garden too!

December Frosts

20 December 2016 11:37:06
December Frosts

December Frosts

While I was waiting for the frost to clear before venturing out in the car I took the opportunity to upload a few photos I took the other day. I love my garden when the frost hits it - particularly when the mist obscures everything outside of the fences making me feel that I am in my own private universe!

 

Getting ready for the get-together

16 December 2016 23:48:32
Getting ready for the get-together

Getting ready for the get-together

I've noticed quite a few new members have joined in the conversations this year, so I thought I'd explain the preparation for this event. Those of us who like to garden usually end up with "spare" plants that we are very reluctant to put on the compost heap so one of the ways of finding new homes for these babies is to offer them as "swaps" at the get-together. 

Swaps are not really a tit-for-tat affair - People put up the names (if they have them) of their spare plants - and the number  - so for example I might post "3 Japanese Anemone pale pink" and then anyone who wants one just puts a comment requesting the plant. On the day its a good idea to label the plant with (a) a name (b) your name and (c) who you promised it to. New members please note - it is perfectly OK to ask for plants even if you have nothing to offer.

Still clearing leaves

15 December 2016 21:21:42
Still clearing leaves

Still clearing leaves

I had help earlier this month with a HelpX guy from Germany and he shifted bags and bags of leaves but after he left we had a few windy days and any remaining leaves were spread far and wide again! Add to that tons of mud from the underneath of the car and the place definitely needed a clean-up! My son-in-law had done a great job in cleaning the deck and it is much less slippy now but it got dark before he could finish the job and since he won't be down for quite a while I had to take the bull by the horns and finish the job! 

It was very mild today and doing that kind of task certainly kept me warm! However, there is a problem - there are a few rotten planks on the deck so I think its time to start planning what to do with that area. I love my big deck and want to keep this area as it is - where it provides a lovely viewing area for the garden but the decking is so slippy that I would like a safer option. Its going to be a costly job whatever I decide so I have plenty of time to plan and research. I'd appreciate any suggestions! 

After all the clean-up was done I did a little bit of "real" gardening - I weeded the Jardiniere at the front of the sheds. Just a small job but really satisfying! The photo shows that it really was too dark by the time I went indoors!

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