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Just after I’d moved in – it had been “trimmed” by a gardener, but still pretty shaggy – a bit of the conifer over the fence had fallen in to almost cover the bird-bath. The bed’s pretty tatty.

I took out the fallen bit of conifer (did try propping it back up, but it didn’t want to know), and the gap is painfully obvious. Shrubs are still crowded, but at least they’ve been taken back a bit. Bed’s been weeded, more or less, and some flowers given room.

One of the shrubs beyond the fence fell during the winter, now there’s a gap that needs filling. My friend guyed the bird feeder because I was fed up of picking it up because of either the wind or squirrels that need to go on a diet! The gardener’s been lining the edge with dug-up rocks. Some more flowers in – none of the seeds that I sowed here last year came up (unless I didn’t recognise them as flowers and weeded them!)

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You might still get a surprise from last years seed Fran, I sowed a packet of Honesty last year, it was a freebie off a gardening mag. nothing appeared so I'd emptied the tray under a rose that grows in the dogrun area, anything in that bit of garden has to take its chances as you can imagine and its a right ole mixture that appears, I often empty trays there and also throw seed heads there in the autumn, its commonly known as a mishmash but the dogs don't mind, I now have a huge Honesty growing there and its very attractive, I was warned it can be a thug so was relieved its only in that area.....

5 May, 2015


You've made such a difference Fran. All your work is really paying off now Bethnal Green must seem very far away now.

5 May, 2015


@ Lincs – that’s true – it might take longer than advertised for them to feel ready to sprout; the ground might not have been warm enough, or moist enough for that season. The shrubs at the back have been cut back, so there should be more light and warmth now. Well, anything’s a bonus, so long as they’re not dug up with digging the bed in the meantime. But how long do I hold off digging, “just in case”??

@ Stera – thanks, it’s getting there. My friend Ron put the guys on the bird feeder as the only way to keep the damn thing upright, which makes getting to the bits around it a bit difficult, but only pro tem.
I can hardly remember Bethnal Green now – the tiny strip of concrete with chicken wire on three sides. I hope the next tenants appreciate the gate I had put in, too late to do me any good!

7 May, 2015

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