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Scrubber's Journal

Scrubber's Journal October 2013

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‘I didn’t realize Mr. Scrubber was a magician’

31 October 2013 19:05:46

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said Cherub Lute just a touch sardonically to Cherub who had just returned from a Seminar on ‘Cherubic care for elderly but active gardeners’. ‘Yes, giggled Cherub Cymbals ’He made himself disappear!’. ‘Well achshually I would much rather he hadn’t tackled that rock until you had arrived back’- this from Micilin Dee. ‘Its always safer when you are around. Whash achshually occurred was that Mr. Scrubber wash leaning on the crowbar and it went from him and he went over the edge and out of sight. I hasten to add it was only the little edge-a matter of a foot or so. And there seemed to be someone down there with him as there was a lot of LANGUAGE and I’m sure it wasn’t our Mr. Scrubber. ‘Eckin’ an’ uckin’! eckin’ and uckin!’’ ‘Thank you Esmeralda we don’t need detail’ . Anyway Mr Scrubber soon reappeared and he worked very hard all day so he can’t have been injured. ‘Otherwise ‘ said Cherub Lute adopting a very angelic pose, ‘We would not have made a joke of it!’. ‘Oh but it was so funny to see him disappear’ chortled cherub Cymbals. ‘And how wash the Seminar, Cherub?’ asked Micilin Dee determined to change the subject. ‘Well it looks like it will have given me a number of useful ideas looking after Mr. Scrubber’ replied Cherub, just a touch grimly.

Afternote: What actually happened was simple. Scrubber went down to change a rock in marian’s bed so that it would be vertical. Simple enough. But on moving the rock there was another just behind it! Scrubber decided to move this one but it was a bagger of a rock (polite form of the word). Very large and awkwardly placed and took an amount of work. At one stage Scrubber was leaning on the crowbar-carefully- and it slipped and Scrubber went headlong into the bushes, landing safely on soft ground but giving his ribs a good bang. However he was well able to continue all day and is fine tonight if a touch sore –only a touch. But despite all the heavy work he could not get the rock to sit where it should (Probably because Cherub was away for the last two days). He finally had to give up so dug a hole in the lower slope and slid it down. Then he manouvered the original one back almost into place and it will look well when set--another days work. However just before coming in as he had the crowbar to hand, he repositioned another rock and that was a piece of cake-- ‘eece of ‘ake, eece of ‘ake’. Oh I didn’t realize someone was listening. And I really don’t know who that person was to whom Esmeralda was referring earlier either!!!

Oh dear, dreary and dismal

26 October 2013 15:52:40

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So bad in fact that Scrubber gave up and came in and now as he looks out there's a hint of better weather but having come in  and showered and changed he's not venturing out again. Everywhere is sodden.

I started to find out where i had a long ribbon bed with chives-it had closed in but i dug the sides and will soon clear it. Then I took up a lot of bamboo canes. I noticed four fine Mulleins in one bed so transplanted them down the scrub. Then noticed a rock that needed a little more exposure and did that which led to my removing a big old fern which led to revealing more of the rock behind it. Then I went looking for a small fern to replace the big one and was able to divide a nice little one into two by which time i was getting very wet so ran down and hastily jammed in a camellia-got it for nothing as was told it was dying -but it has rebudded well- near two others. Now the sun has decided to come out so I shall go down and look at the newly exposed rocks and maybe get in a little walk! Im not going back to work!

About two months ago

22 October 2013 17:16:49

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 Scrubber noticed a large flat stone in his daughter’s garden and his very kind son-in law said ‘If you want it take it!’-Well weeks went by and for one reason or another-weather, dog, muscle- I only got round to getting it into the boot last Thursday. Had to wait until Saturday then and barrowed it down to Scrub and  I took out the slab and replaced it with the rock. Exactly as envisioned ,it fitted perfectly and looked very well. Scrubber then put the old slab at the top of the steps and  ‘found ‘  a squareish granite rock that served as the top step. He was so pleased that the step rock was what he had envisaged that he walked up and down the steps far more than he needed to just to enjoy the sensation. (Easily amused is Scrubber!-its his innocent heart!!!).

Then he ‘released’ a bit more of a boulder beside Micilin- just a small bit of clay removal which shows up the rock a bit more. Then some ferocious raking and cleaning behind the Birches and the removal of the oak branches and the remains of an old wheelbarrow! I see I have written ‘raked down the slop!’ in my diary. Slope of course! Also found time to shout at a group being led on a nature foraging walk by Mary White (Greens) ‘BEWARE THE KILLER SWANS!’ Its great fun as at first they are really startled and think they have strayed into Hillbilly Country (Deliverance!). I hadn’t noticed there was a little girl among them and was worried lest I had frightened her but I needn’t have. She yelled back just as loud ‘BEWARE THE MAN IN THE TREES!’

So brushed down the steps and titivated a bit more of Elizabeth’s corner and went in for tea.

‘Well wasn’t it nice to see Mr. Scrubber

21 October 2013 14:30:30

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 back in form again last Monday?’ (14th) said Cherub Cymbals brightly. ‘P’rhaps, said Cherub Lute, ‘But was it the wisest thing to start on Elizabeth’s corner? Pulled muscle and all that?’. ‘Well  one appreeschiates that  Mr Scrubber really likes rocks and actshually…’ ‘ He really likes Elizabeth as well!’ chimed in Cherub Cymbals boldly with a very impish smile on his face!’ ‘Er yes ‘continued Micilin D ‘Doeshent everybody?- but ash I wash saying before I wash interrupted.. if one has a passion for rocks..’ he went on very quickly before Cherub Cymbals could add any more ‘Its entirely undershtandable that he did so’. ‘And he was very very careful ‘ chimed in Statue Scrubber. ‘He moved that boulder as if it were an egg!’

So he did indeed and got it into place. He had spotted it about three weeks before and thought what a nice step-down it would make because there was no easy way to get down into the ledges in Elizabeth’s corner which was becoming a little unkempt. Now with a few judiciously placed stones it was easy and once done Scrubber was able to strim with ease leaving the said corner remarkably trim and indeed spruce! Needless to say a few more rocks were slightly realigned in the process but luckily Scrubber wasn’t!

Then there was weeding around roses and the cutting of edges and the putting in of some Lavender and some strimming in the front and some weeding of the long bed. Then tea and afterwards down into Scrub and cut down an oak!-I’d better explain. It was a long gangly skinny branch-like oak, about 6 inches diameter, and in the wrong place and taking from a lovely birch. Still Scrubber had some qualms but nevertheless pressed on and was reassuring himself that he had planted about thirty to forty trees in the garden and that it was ok to take this one out. Once it was gone it opened up the space and  when raked and cleaned will be much better. And no, I couldn’t have dug it out and transplanted it without endangering another pulled muscle!

First full day back in a good while and all going well. Much to be thankful for and I am.

I'll give yiz a laff!

11 October 2013 12:14:25

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The denizens of the scrub are convulsed with laughter but they dont want mr. Scrubber to hear them. Even Cherub has a slight smile playing about his lips and Micilin Dee is having a job maintaining his dignity.' Mr Scrubber really mad a booby didn't he?' chortled Cherub Cymbals!'-ooby -ooby' from the scrub, Esmeralda coming close to laying an egg in all the excitement.

Well he did! He went out earlier in the Summer and came back in to greet Anna with the words 'The Beetroot is useless this year! No root at all!' Well months went by and he didnt dig them out and today, looking at the 'beetroot' and a gentle nudge from Cherub ,Scrubber had a thought! he rooted out his planting list and discovered the 'Beetroot' were in fact Swiss Chard!!!! And theres a fair enough showing of the same in the 'beetroot bed'. No he didnt go beetroot red with embarassment as the only giggling was distant and down mainly in the Scrub.

I shall let you all know if I like the taste of Swiss Chard once we  cook some! 'A bit like the tale of the ugly ducking, wasnt it Esmeralda?' I said as I walked past. That put a halt to her gallop!

Little by little!

10 October 2013 19:38:24

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That seems to be the way of it these days. Well we have had visitors and have been away for a little spell-And the garden has been a bit behind. I got in the heathers and am very pleased with them and today I put in four leucoethos. Knew where they were going but on my way down to the spot got a strong nudge in the back from cherub and of course he was right. They are now on  the edge of a bank and look well i think. I also put in two golden elders. They say they grow to 200cm I suppose one can prune them. I put them away in the distance so I can see them as i come don the scrub and come to think of it they will take up the yellow of the heathers-if they all live! Frosts aint too far away but have still dahlias and roses to cheer the place.

Counting up the blessings!

02 October 2013 11:45:15

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Well he couldnt have gone out in this weather anyway and everywhere is getting a decent soaking which will do it good. Even though Scrubber can't garden very actively- hope to be back working again within a fortnight- ther's nothing (except bank balance) to stop him buying-especially as bargains keep appearing. So theres a good collection of patient plants now to hand and then there's time to think about where they may be best suited and to read up about them.

He has done one very foolish thing-well lots but one lately. Down in the Scrub, deciduous shade but open to a bit of sunshine during the day he has put in heathers! yes he knows! but they were very very cheap and they are a good yellowy bronze and light up that area beautifully sohe is keeping his fingers and toes crossed! He had the idea to do that years ago but when he managed a good bargain he felt he could chance it. If it works it will be exactly right and will fit in perfectly into the scrub scene.He is  hoping that it will get enough light to thrive. Its not quite full shade so here goes..And yes Jacinta he was extreeemly careful doing so! and there were only six with four more to follow...

Leaves coming down in abundance mainly ash,whitethorn, magnolia at present-the beech are holding on well and the rain may help.Whitethorn has a strong buttery brown colour and if there's enough of them they give lovely colour.

four hours later: Have just slipped out and put in seven verbena Sissinghurst-they look strong so am hoping they will overwinter. Then down to Scrub and put in five more heathers and four small rhododendrons-Wot Larks! The funny thing was I had to water in the rhodos as the rain only penetrated the first two inches. Now Im back in and its absolutely bucketing down!

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