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What A Difference A Day Makes...


By AndrewR


“….Twenty-four little hours
The sun and the flowers
Where there used to be rain”

When Renee Olstead wrote these lyrics back in the 1960s, I’m sure she wasn’t thinking about my garden.

This is the main border at the back and is seen from the house. It was the one featured in the blog ‘A Year In The Life Of A Border’ which I published last November. This is the view of it looking back towards the house before I started work on it earlier this week.

It’s always a big psychological moment in spring when this gets tidied. The old top growth is cut down, last year’s leaves raked off and the link stakes put away until they are needed later in the season.

I am planning a couple of changes this year. A couple of tall but coarse-leaved perennials at the back are coming out, to be replaced by a shrub. Near the pond, I have already removed a skimmia which didn’t really fit in with the rest of the planting. I have a chrysanthemum and some heleniums to grow on before planting out; these will extend the interest through September and into October. The whole border will also have a feed of concentrated chicken manure lightly forked in and I will add some small primulas for spring colour as the garden is open at the end of April this year.

One day has really made a difference.

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Looking good Andrew!

7 Mar, 2010


You've worked hard there, looks great. Can I have your Skimmia please ?

: o ) )

7 Mar, 2010


looks nice and tidy andrew, didnt do mine cause lots of ladybirds sleeping, so leave a bit longer :o)

7 Mar, 2010


I'm glad you think its psychological. Its a real act of faith isnt it - believing that spring will come and with it new growth. I am filled with trepidation! Keep us posted.

7 Mar, 2010


Well done Andrew, you have worked so hard..

7 Mar, 2010


Great work Andrew.
The sun has been shining here in Bristol today, but only 3 degrees this afternoon and there was a very hard frost last evening. Its been a long, cold, winter, but hopefully not long until spring really arrives. I always wait until April to call it Springtime, and even then it can be cold.Can't wait to see the spring bulbs in flower. We have lots of green shoots.

7 Mar, 2010


Your efforts look better than mine Andrew. though similar idea. Moved a large yellow scabious from the front to the back of a border. dont know whta posesed me to put it near the front. the flowers are 6ft tall !

7 Mar, 2010


Looking good Andrew.......

7 Mar, 2010


Good work there - enough to keep you warm, I'd guess! :-)))

7 Mar, 2010


Looks better already, everything and everyone is just waiting, we have lots of top growth to cut back, but will have to wait now as all the bulbs are bursting through, cannot be much longer can it?

8 Mar, 2010


I was looking for the lyrics of "What a difference a day makes" and came across your blog... I'm afraid you are wrong about it's date! Wikipedia says
""What a Difference a Day Made" is a popular song originally written in Spanish by María Méndez Grever (María Grever), a Mexican composer, in 1934. Originally, the song was known as Cuando Vuelva A Tu Lado."

"The English lyrics were written by Stanley Adams, and was played by Harry Roy & his Orchestra. It was published in late 1934. The song is also known as "What a Difference a Day Makes"."

"Dinah Washington won a Grammy Award in 1959 for Best Rhythm and Blues Performance with this song. "

My So has the Dinah Washington version from 1959 so I'm afraid you were quoting a 'seed' variety rather than the original!
Happy gardening, just off to tame my 20 acres...

3 Jul, 2010

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