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Scrubber's Journal February 2017

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Re my last photo album, all sixty pics!!!

22 February 2017 20:15:03

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Its been a wet day but the soaking will be great for the little beech hedge surrounding the Pwincesses seat and the two azaleas that went in yesterday. It has also washed Hazel's rock clean and it looks so well,. And I got the time to label all sixty photos in the album I set up last night. So if anybody wants to recap on them ....

next I have so many beds to clean it will take me till Christmas! Got a nice size apricot Prunus (not americanus but something like that) for 10 euro in Arboretum. We were buying a present for a dear friend's birthday Magnolia L Messel and when I put the tenner with it I got a fine new handfork for nothing. a really nice one. Whats not to like!


Not a lot of work but satisfying

20 February 2017 20:59:20

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Scrubber went out and got a lot of lovely photographs these last few days so I may get up an album. The earlier snowdrops are just about hanging in there but the nivalis are at their best to support them.

I decided to put out two small azaleas near a biggish slab rock that always looks a bit too like a headstone. I dug two holes and put in some good compost and settled them in. They were bone dry but I teased them out and added lots of water into which I had put nutrient-for azaleas camellias etc. I was smoothing around when I heard the clink!

I fetched the crowbar and a very nice small boulder emerged. I knew exactly where to place it-beside the azaleas and below the 'tombstone'. It immediately transformed the 'tomb' as it changed the focus-one was looking at two complementary rocks rather than just one tomb-like one.

I was really pleased ans as hazel once very kindly said that Scrubber places rocks so that they seem to have always been there, I named this one Hazel's rock!

Then I went up and cut a sliver off the woodland path so that there was a curve in it. This morning two friends had called in and I asked their advice. They had said leave the path alone but I knew I had the itch!!!There was a tiny bit more border as a result so I dug up a clump or two of snowdrops and filled in.

As I said not a lot of work but so satisfying!


After a lapse of many days

18 February 2017 22:08:52
A glance down

A glance down

(Scrubber tried to photograph the new hedge but as the saplings had very little leaves they didnt show up at a;; against the background of fallen leaves)

-Scrubber finally got out and into the garden and spent a good few hours in enjoyment! He had bought ten beech saplings, four large and six smaller one. One day he had got an idea to put in a small piece of hedging near the Pwincesses seat. The ground slopes in a small semi circle and so the four larger plants come first and then the five other. He put the last one across the path on its own as a pillar in time.

The ground was soft and yielding and there wasnt one major stone unearthed-which meant the job got done! There were some snowdrops that had to come out and the path was lined with them.

There were two small rocks in the wall at the back of the bed bordering the path but that was genuinely only a little job, a little adjustment.

Then up and he filled the three new pots, terra cotta with a basket weave design which were got in Glanbia- a tenner each and Scrubber has been buying one a week. He intends having six eventually. He used some of the lovely compost which he also used to bed in the hedge, and put four pansies in each, blue and yellow, They should be nice later on.

Tete a tete are out and the second sweep of snowdrops (nivalis) are wonderful and interspersed with yellow and purple crocuses. The flore pleno are just starting to go over but for a week more Scrubber will have both types together. Sheer beauty.

Well of course after yesterday's visitor..

04 February 2017 20:53:50

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It wasnt easy to settle down to the humdrum of daily gardening but I determined Id go out and start on the weedinfested side bed and work my way round to the rockery. And yet by five o clock the bed was still unwed! I first brought in therubbish  and papers to the skip. Then I emptied the ash bucket-I fill in under the slabs in the squelchy path. One ashbucket makes a firm base in the boggy ground.

Then I decided to stake the little roses more firmly as three of them were flimsy enough. I brought down some leaves to compost and on the way back-well we wont go there but  a lot of my day was spent at it. (Slight height adjustment!). Then I raked leaves from in front of Micileen Dees place for which he thanked me very graciously and more leaves from the rockery---so many many leaves!

Lastly I edged the wood path again and it now has a fine defining edge with which I am pleased. My back is telling me that  I may have been a touch too enthusiastic in dumping those leaves but I was so encouraged by Cherub's visit that I went at it with a vengeance. The back has NOTHING to do with the height adjustments mentioned- things were not moved more than six inches at most!)




03 February 2017 20:17:29

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To tell the truth Scrubber was just a fraction dispirited today. Especially when G. Nome remarked unkindly ‘Only a very foolish person would drag tarpaulins full of WET leaves to where one pretends one has a proper composting facility’. And then when Micilin Dee valiantly started to speak ‘And YOU! Say nothing or you’ll have a mouthful of beech leaves to contend with!’ He didn’t mean he would stuff them in himself but poor Micilin was almost submerged by last night’s leaf fall and the leaves were up to his chin! Oddly enough Cherub Lute didn’t seem to be around earlier.

I went out this morning and first I decided to gather up all the cuttings from the quince that I had trimmed a few days ago and that the wind had scattered. Thorny bits they were too. But  while retrieving them I realised the wire rake was a useful tool to roughly clear the border-it takes out grasses and long stems and quite a lot of weeds. So I did a little on the long border. It began to mist but not enough to hinder work. I then tackled the side border and another very dirty one and was quite pleased with the rough beginning I had made. But as Elizabeth commented there was such a lot of rubbish of stems and branches and weeds that I had to make lots of tarpaulin trips to the ‘compost heap’. Then I put in the two new roses and put in compost as well to settle them in and a pittosporum down in the scrub and transplanted one of the semi-standards which had become a normal rose bush due to my stepping on it last year!

There was a lot of cleaning and dumping , really just preparatory work but as the bones of the garden underneath emerged I was quite pleased. Then down to Scrub and cleared a path and emptied lots of tarpaulins full of wet very heavy leaves. I know I should have done them before this but other things (rocks) intervened. Thus occasioning the rebuke from G. Nome who is about as considerate of other’s feelings as a certain new incumbent of the Presidency of the USA.

But as evening drew on and dusk approached and the Scrub began to look quite magical I began to relax and then suddenly, without any fanfare or warning, he was there beside me! Cherub himself. I nearly fell over backwards but he just smiled and explained that it was most unusual to revisit a garden but ‘Mr Scrubber, the Scrub is a magical place in Spring’. I was gobsmacked and noticed Cherub Lute standing a little distance away grinning all over his face and cherub Cymbals was dancing up and down in his excitement. Cherub surveyed all around and commented on the new rock wall (which was an extension of the last project he had supervised). He approved the sweeping changes made to the bottoms and I gave Cherub Lute full credit for that. He admired the new bridge and the majestic head of the Lord Buddha ‘Remarkably serene’. He also thought the changes we had made to the rockery and steps were very fitting and a definite improvement and he nodded sagely as Cherub Lute listed all the new plantings in the bottoms and further up the scrub ,Guelder roses, Dogwoods, Astilbes. Irises, Primula Florinda and the junipers. He particularly like the skyrockets and one blue arrow in the main lawn. ‘I knew I left you in good hands’ he said softly but not so softly that Cherub Lute wouldn’t hear the compliment. And he blushed to the roots of his curly hair.

And then, just as suddenly, Cherub was gone and there was a quietness and peace all around. All I heard was a final almost whispered phrase-‘And don’t worry about G.Nome’s comments. He has a great variety of opinions but in fact knows nothing about gardening!’ .What a visit!

Tomorrow hopefully

02 February 2017 23:39:36

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Scrubber can put in his two new semi standard roses and trim the edges and clear the grass from a long very narrow bed of eight little 'mop heads' roses not hydrangeas that border a curving grass path and it will be neat and trim like a certain other garden where its always neat and trim-and I add breathtakingly beautiful!

Theres also a matter of some more guelder roses that fell into my boot by accident and they may go around carraig mor if I dont surround it with dogwood-some lovely specimens out at present in garden centres.

And then theres a filthy area to be cleared and made beautiful just at the side. It has run riot and if I tidy it I will get around to the rockery and then and rhen and then.

The snowdrops are coming and coming-first the doubles and then the single pearl like ones. I put a clump in each urn on the wall and they have repaid the effort (small as it was and look as if it was a long thought out move-took about a quarter of an hour!

So glad you all liked Austin's picture. I hope to put up one of a cheeky visitor who crouched on my fountain. Hope I can.



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