Rain, rain, go away
I don’t believe it. it’s raining again.
I’ve not been out in the garden (except for quick dashes to empty the tea-bag bin into the recycler or to check if the squirrels have been at my plants again) for over a week.
We did have one dry day, but dammit, I had to go out that day, so the lack of rain was pretty much wasted. Though there was just enough daylight left when I got home for me to go out and sweep the puddles of water off the table-tops.
Oh, if only I could add some guttering to the tables edges and run it to a container! I’d have enough to fill a fairly small pond by now. (sigh, to think of all the trouble I took to get them level! Now I’ve got to un-level them a bit, just enough that water won’t pool around the pots.)
I know I’ve said that gardening is like going camping – anyone can do it when the sun’s shining, the test it to do it when it’s chucking it down. I wouldn’t mind moving and sorting my plants in the rain (much!) – if I had somewhere at least fairly dry to work. I want to repot a lot of plants and add bark topping, but I’d rather the compost didn’t get saturated before I even got it in the pots. And moving about in the rain is different from standing still in the rain – feels a lot different, anyway. And I’d need windscreen-wipers on my specs.
I did want to put a length of transparent plastic between the wall and the fence on the short side of the garden (had to be transparent, I want to keep the rain out, not the sun); not only would I have a dry work space but I could get my washing out from under my feet.
Sadly, I checked with the council whether this would be ok – and it isn’t. It needs planning permission (£150 – and they want surveyor’s drawings, which would cost an extra £???) Annoying this is, if I’d chanced it I’d probably had got away with it, transparent plastic is hardly going to be an eyesore even if I had neighbours close enough to see it and object – but I can hardly plead ignorance now.
I can’t believe that some places further north have been reported as having near-drought conditions because of lack of rain. They can have as much of this as they like.
- 12 Jun, 2011
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