Concentrating The Mind
I’ve just taken my first booking for a group to visit my garden this year. It’s not until 10th April (which sounds a long way off) but there’s still lots to do and I will be away for a week over Easter. Even ‘simple’ little jobs takes longer than planned. Yesterday, for example, I tidied all the planting baskets in the pond; there are about twenty. Cut away all the dead top growth and any roots growing out the sides, scraped moss and liverwort off the surface and then top dressed them with grit. A couple needed division and several will need doing next year. And just that took nearly five hours. I hope March settles down with some decent weather otherwise I can see me working through the night to be ready in time.
Here’s the progress so far:
In front of the house, I still have to cut back the penstemons against the far wall (this will be done some time next month depending on the weather) and give the cotton lavender a short back and sides. There is a new shrub on order to plant under the window
Here everything is done. The path is made of woody stuff that has been through the shredder – it’s different colours now but it all weathers down to dark brown eventually
This is a spring garden area so there should be more to see in April and May
This path is lined with bearded iris – roll on June!
The two major areas left to attend to are:
To the front and right of the house. This area faces south and has lots of borderline hardy stuff so it will be mid March before this area is addressed
The main herbaceous border in the back garden. Everything here needs to be lifted, divided and replanted so I’ll wait until it starts to shoot so I can see where everything is
- 23 Feb, 2008
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