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Scrubber's Journal

Scrubber's Journal October 2012

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Sometimes its a bit like Downton Abbey

29 October 2012 19:43:34

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with Cherub playing the part of Cranston and the younger people becoming at times a little unruly!

I think Elizabeth hit the nail on the head when she termed Cherub Lute and Cymbals as ‘giddy’ because that is undoubtedly what they are. Sr Josephine used say the same of us ‘Giddy, young and consequently foolish!’ Today for example they decided among themselves that Mr. Scrubber had lost or is definitely on the point of losing it. When an exasperated Cherub asked them how they had come to this conclusion, C.Lute piped up ‘Well today he was sticking a last stone into the side of the path’. ‘Yes’ said Cherub patiently,’That is known as ‘edging’. ‘Whatever ‘ said  C.Lute rather rudely. ‘Well he dug a hole and put it in and then took it out and dug again and then dug again and finally shoved the rock beside it a bit away and set it in’. ‘But that’s not unusual for him’ said Cherub. ‘He does that until he is satisfied’. ‘Well he was’. ‘So?’ Then he went in for dinner and immediately after he came out, looked down and said loudly ‘No, its about six inches too high’ and something about ‘sightlines’ and down he comes again and digs and shovels and resets the stone and the one beside it!’ ‘Six inches, I ask you????’ At this, Statue Scrubber’s voice came floating down the Scrub. ‘It’s a question of Aesthetics, Cherub Lute’ ‘But don’t worry you are not expected to understand what that entails until you have been here a much longer time. You will learn eventually’. This was so surprising as Statue Scrubber seldom pontificates but to Cherub’s delight it reduced Cherub Lute to stunned silence.’After all ‘he added in support of Statue Scrubber, six inches is a considerable difference when placement is considered’ ‘Indubitably’ came a voice from a little further below in the Scrub, a presidential sort of voice with a hint of a Galwegian accent.

What Statue Scrubber didn’t mention was that Mr. Scrubber had been very busy following Hazel’s and Dick’s example and took out all the Dahlias and put them into labelled pots of dry compost. Now he must spend tomorrow tidying out the garage so as to have somewhere to put them! It was not until the lengthy job was done and he surveyed the fifteen pots that this fact struck him. Oh to have space for everything! It was that near curved whitish stone in the third picture that needed to be sunk. 'Aesthetics'!

 

Today is messy but

28 October 2012 13:05:21

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Havent we had some gorgeous days? and the leaf colour this year is really breathtaking. We are surrounded by beech so it's technicolour all the way. Its funny how days differ.

In my last journal i had got so much done. On Wednesday i went out and cleared a bit about the rock on which the white urn sits! Then I set in the stone slabs into the clay of the path beside it. I put in 32 winteraconite under the beech and 40 crocii purple in barbara's bed-ie  a small circular bed around a fern leafed beech. A lady came in to view the Ozakazuki at close hand as I was sweeping the front drive of early leaves.. I took out two ferns i had transplanted two days ago. Common ones but big but they spoiled the line of the lawn in scrub down to the white urn. Also took out two more ferns off the terraces so that theres a clear semicircular sweep in the path. Its odd to get so much satisfaction out of removing stuff! Spent most of the day trying to clear herb bed and thats  not gratifying work! Down and dirty wrestling! 

On Saturday which was my next free one i only got out for an hour and a half but got all the lawns cut and re-edged a path that is beside the new stone slab path-Ill call it the white urn path. I used the same rocks but set them a bit higher. I also tried on Tuesday to re- discover Fern Corner which is over run-even Fran's Stone had disappeared completely and Fran's stone is a 'big 'un!' The nice thing is that fern corner now ties in with the white urn and path ! I think Cherub has a master plan and he only lets me in on it bit by bit.

 

 

 

 

Scrubber’s First full day for yonks!

22 October 2012 21:47:15

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And what a glorious day it was. Mind you on Sunday he did a little -put in Squamata and Cryptomeria and heuchera palace purple in ‘woodland’. And also half of front lawn mowed but that was enough.

Out at eleven today to finish lawn and the mower spouted blue smoke like a barbeque on fire! Down to Kelly’s as advised. Joe came out . Ran it. No smoke. Scrubber red -faced. Apparently he had tilted the mower the wrong way and oil got in somewhere thus the blue smoke. No repairs, no cash outlay, straight home.  He did all the grass but set blades quite high so will have to repeat but anyway things are looking far more kempt!

Took out two roses from where they had never thrived-roots were exactly as when they went in a few years ago! Then smoothed over and added that bit to the lawn near white urn. Then Cherub whispered-he had decided Scrubber was back to form and we took out a bit of the bank and that opened up the view to the urn. So we took the slabs from the goose path and put those in, They wont be as raw as they look in a few months with ivy and grass etc. The new bank shows off the urn as does the enlarged path and Scrubber decided the urn was nicer empty now. So the ivy went into Elizabeth’s corner. Then serendipity, Cherub suggested Scrubber have another look at the rock the urn is on and its far bigger than he thought so a bit more was exposed and it looks nice and craggy!

Strimmed around a good bit-under hedges and so on and edge of main lawn and outside gate and then swept up the mess. Also emptied the remains of the cabbage plants. Poor crop this year but Scrubber’s determined. The Carrots were unbelievably deformed-some of them were like humungeous prawns!

So all in all a great day’s work and its so good to be able to do it. I think Cherub is quite pleased as well!

Was very low on photos but got some beauties today  some of which Ill put up in October 2012 when I get the chance. Later: Got them up finally! Hope you like them.

Crytomeria Japonica Vilmoriniana

20 October 2012 22:12:17

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Not too often I come out with a mouthful like that. I recently was looking for a rockery conifer and may have struck gold as Im told its a very dwarf slow growing shrub and I got six of them for a pittance as they looked very withered , red rusty foliage, But I think they are fine and that thats their autumn colouring as there are lots of little green bits among the rusty ones. And anyway if Im wrong they wont have cost me anything much-I dont think I am. I also paid proper price for a Squamata Juniper, blue and that I think, will  very nicely replace my bush that I whacked, . But the others are a real gift. I have a big cryptomeria which I really like. I used its feathery green branches in christmas decorations last year-DONT! they dry very quickly and fall to pieces! But ill have fun placing them.

Also got two more ellen Houston dahlias. Id have taken more but had to bring Dooley in the boot as well! Am wondering how best to keep the dahlias over the winter-In dry compost in pots. Im afraid they would rot if i left them in the ones they are in as they are soaking. Id appreciate any ideas!

Excuse the photos .I am running out of good ones just at present!

What a stinker!

17 October 2012 19:31:07

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The weather i mean! Hope other places had better than us. Bucketing down as I see rachel commented and winds . As we couldnt garden we got a few errands done but the roads were no where to be in that deluge. Hope weekend is better.

Oh and can you believe it? Scrubber visited two garden centres lately and came out empty handed. No he wasnt entirely broke-theres always the odd fiver in the sock -not literally of course. But just couldnt see the exact shrub he wanted for his new space on the rockery. He did leave one little conifer behind him that he's a bit sorry about and there was a Twisty Baby that tempted but was 20 Euro. But Glanbia beckons and I hope Easter Island where i got my cherubs last year will help to readjust this very peculiar behaviour pattern!

The tree in the photo-Which one scrubber?The one with the side branch making a vee or a harp depending on your imaginative prowess!- was given to me at least thirty five years ago by a dear friend. Its a copper beech  and starts off copper every year but the base which is shaded stays green. However its strong and lasting like our friendship so is quite precious.

Thought id be out today

15 October 2012 12:59:18

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and did plant one or two things on rockery but not ready to tackle grass yet so patience. In the meantime this is the rockery without the bush. Just three shots.

Goodbyeee, goodbyeee! or thanks for the memories

14 October 2012 17:42:06

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Well the deed is done. It was like getting a tooth out! It took my son all of about seven minutes and i was petrified lest in the digging out we would hit the water supply hose which is quite near, very near it in fact, but I dont think it has been touched!

It was raining so i thought it would have to be postponed but young people dont let the weather impinge! It came up easily enough-I say that but there was a very strong man at the end of the shovel. So now it has I think improved the rockery effect-I will get some pictures tomorrow if it stops raining and i can get out to make CERTAIN we didnt hit the pipe. (No Im fairly sure) and replace one or two small rocks-very small ones indeed-that came loose in the battle.

I am very happy at the way it has shown more of the rockery effect and i have some nice space to plant into and just happen to have a few plants ready! Although a little Bonzai might just be the very thing? Bless all young people's energy!

What really fascinates me is the way things come together. You might remember I did a job on the steps. Then I found a plinth for the Scrubber statue. Then made a little bed around the plinth. Then shifted a stone to the top of the steps and relaid a path there. Then-so many thens-(Sr Josepjhine would not approve!) cemented in two  big stones  at the edge overlooking the steps and now by removing the bush,  all this little area comes together naturally. And yet one doesnt think of it all beforehand , it just sort of emerges. Fascinatin'. I think I hear a gentle voice down there 'Yes Mr. Scrubber does think He does it all but we'll let him go on doing so. It would be a Shame to spoil it for him!' And did i just see two other cherubs nodding? Trick of the light probably.

 

 

Time to say GOODBYE!

13 October 2012 11:36:33

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No of course Scrubber isn't leaving! Its just that recently 'in vacant or in pensive mood' seeing as he is not able to go out and wreak havok in the garden ,he was resting his eyes on the nice mounds of rocks in the rockery and  it occurred to him-(one of those suggestions that come from no where)- that the lonicera bush had outgrown its space on the rockery and that its removal (after twenty years!) might improve things no end. So its the Lonicera thats saying goodbye.

The fact that recently Scrubber had absendmindedly cut the wrong stem and ruined about a third of it may have helped the decision. Now that Scrubber has determined to do it there is no place left for sentiment. He bent down yesterday to pick up a twig and pulled his back which was really the last straw (twig?) as he has had a succession of  minor calamities over the last month-none thankfully serious  but all preventing gardening- but Scrubber's very strong son is calling in today and will if asked willingly remove the lonicera in a jiffy. It might be planted down in the Scrub! so much for lack of sentiment- and the Rockery will have space for a heather or hebe. 

Got three more packets of Winter aconites yesterday. I love them under the beech trees mixed with snowdrops and tete a tete daffodils. Isnt the light tremendous these days and were Scrubber able to take photos like Fran Paddy et al it would be great. 

He's going to try to put up an October photo selection but it may take time. Hope by next week he can get out again. His packets of bulbs are mounting up!

Twenty minutes later. Have just been 'mooching' down the Scrub and am nearly dizzy at all the lovely views. nature doesnt need us gardeners. She copes wonderfully well on her own and that 'untamed loveliness' is all about us in October.Hope some of the photographs come out!

 

 

Oh dear! Oh dear! Oh dear!

03 October 2012 20:25:49

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Has it come to this finally? There was poor old Scrubber in the Arboretum. Anna had suggested coffee as we were near there and who was he to refuse! He was mooching among the bargain plants-half price - and saw a lady a bit away from him. He smiled at her as he often does and continued mooching. She smiled back and had seemed vaguely familiar. Then he spotted Anna talking to her and realised it was one of his longeststanding and dearest friends! It wasn't as if we hadnt met already a few times this year! Scrubber was MURTIFIED! The only consolation was that she thought she was looking at Scrubber's double! (Must have been the new specless Scrubber face!) We had a great chat and before we left I showed her the bargain plants as she is a wonderful gardener. And somehow two salvia Argetums came home with me. Plants have a habit of attaching themselves to Scrubber's person! The only thing is they will always remind me of my silliness today!!!

Out and about again!

01 October 2012 21:29:24

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Scrubber ain’t been gardening for a bit and only got out last Saturday. He gently filled in the new rock pool near the two new stones and planted a white catmint, a sedum and some primula in that little bed  and of course manouvered a stone or two to suit! How is it that twenty or more years ago I didn’t see that a stone would look far better this way!-younger man in a hurry probably.

Then I cut the grass on the terraces and got a big kick out of seeing them    as I had intended them, nice soft green ledges. I went down into the scrub to Carraig Mor the big rock and hadn’t swept it or the rough stone steps down to it for a year. You know what? It was the right thing to do as  they have all mossed up nicely with no effort on my part. I think I might leave other places alone for a while.

Then I did all the various bits of lawn and by then had had enuf! But the place is looking better and Im really pleased with the refurbishing of the old rockery. Its nice to see your old ideas and intentions coming together and in harmony (There’s a Sr Josephine phrase) with the newer bits.

Lidl have some very good bargain packs of bulbs. nice Tulips 2/99 and crocuses 1/99 I even got two packets of camassias at 1/99 each. Theres quite a selection. Theres a lovely white and green @exotic Emporor' that I cant wait to see in bloom.and I got some nice thalia to increase my stock of this lovely Daff.

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