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What a funny weather day in the garden today...

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When I got up today it was a lovely sunny morning and I decided to weed and mulch the borders now I could see where most of the plants were pushing up through the soil. It was a bit nippy but with 3 layers of clothes on it was pleasant to be in the garden.
We bought 2 compost bins 3 years ago to replace the old homemade one we used as we thought they would look better in the garden.We have found though that they are not very good at composting no matter what we do. So we kept the old compost box that T built for me many years ago. We now fill both of the bins, then, when the box is emptied we transfer the compost from them to the box. Throwing back the old bit of carpet I was happy to see that the compost from last year was perfect and smelled good. It will do the plants so much good. Here’s a photo of the trusty old box….

I loaded the barrow (a cast off from T after he’d used it for mixing concrete in etc and weighing a ton empty) and started to wheel it down the garden and would you believe the tyre was flat. It was like pushing uphill. Undeterred I struggled down the steps and did a neatish 3 point turn onto the lawn. Then the barrow decided it would show me what for and abruptly stopped, tipping me and the compost into the first flower bed. Well, after I had stopped cursing and straightened the tulips and emerging plants, and scraped a pile off the newly mowed lawn, I managed to smooth the compost out around the plants using it to hold the shocked plants upright. After about an hour weeding and mulching whilst chatting to Bob-bob the dog next door through the hedge, I suddenly realised my back was burning through my garden jacket. The sun was so hot I had to take it off and work in my T shirt and jumper. I went up to the greenhouse as I thought I had better go and open the door and it’s a good job I did because the temperature in there was 39c and the lowest last night had been 2.4c. !!My poor seedlings were gasping I swear….

Anyway going back to the weeding and mulching I suddenly felt something hit me on the head. I looked up quickly and Bob-bob just stared at me. Well I thought ‘they have taught him to throw pebbles’. Then I felt another and another. I looked up properly then and the biggest black cloud was moving fast towards the garden. Bob-bob and I high-tailed it as fast as we could to our respective back doors just as the skies opened and a massive hailstorm ensued for about 10 mins. It was bouncing around the garden and splashing into the pond. It was deafening in the conservatory where I had taken refuge.

Suddenly it had stopped and I went back to the task in hand with Bobbob sitting patiently in front of me through the hedge. This was the border before I started on the weeding and pruning…..

It was again roasting with my back to the sun and I had to remove the jumper. I thought I may have to resort to a summer T shirt if it got much warmer..
A further hour passed convivially with Bob-bob watching and listening intently as I explained to him why I liked this plant or that plant. Then Bob suddenly stood up and dashed like a greyhound down the garden to his back door where he barked loudly to be let in. I thought I must have somehow upset him, and then I heard it. The long low rumble of thunder.Looking up there was another enormous black cloud approaching and a great flash of lightening. Again I dashed for refuge as the hail started again and this time continued for a good 15minutes, the thunder booming and the lightening flashing. Then the cloud passed and the sky cleared and it was a summer like day again.
T came up from the garage and brought a handful of ice crystals from off my car windscreen …

I managed to get all of one border done and I had filled 3 sacks with overgrown Cineraria, Stinking Hellebore’s and their myriad seedlings, self sown Grannies bonnets and Honesty before the sky turned black again and I decided to call it a day and put the tools away. I think it looks much tidier now and the emerging plants have space to grow and will get some air around them….

It’s been a funny day in the garden but I have enjoyed it. Hope you all managed to get a bit more done…

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Your garden looks very good after your hard work. It will appreciate a good mulch and I always think it helps to make each plant stand out.
As for the weather......... Well, it was much the same here, including the hailstones, but without the thunderstorm. I gave up long before you!

11 Apr, 2012

 

Thanks Ojibway. It was so warm between storms I was enjoying it. I hate having to leave off what I am doing in the garden. Whether it be the weather or unexpected visitors. It's so satisfying to be able to see where you have been isn't it.

11 Apr, 2012

 

Great blog, you have had an interesting day today haven't you. What a good job done there though.

11 Apr, 2012

 

Thanks Cinders, I have had a lovely day really.

11 Apr, 2012

 

great amount of colour there Hb, you did have some strange weather...

11 Apr, 2012

 

Rain stopped play in the end Sl. but I enjoyed the time I managed to have out there between the beatings from the hail.

11 Apr, 2012

 

Isn't weather strange and it's funny how pets can tell before us. I always take head when I see my lot running indoors....it's either a stranger or rain!
Your border is looking super. That wheel barrow must have you exhausted. There is nothing worse than stopping and starting!

11 Apr, 2012

 

Thanks Scottish I really must invest in a new barrow. There's another one with twin (flat) tyres. T keeps saying he will get some foam to inflate them permanently. Knowing my luck it they will end up with a flat spot.....Oh! for a flat garden.

11 Apr, 2012

 

It seems you had a sort of roller-coaster day Homebird, but your persistence paid of that border looks really good.

11 Apr, 2012

 

what lovely garden pictures Homebird - good old April showers ah :))))))))))) hope hail was not too damaging though

12 Apr, 2012

 

Your garden is looking lovely .. and yes, I agree, very changeable, weird weather this week !

12 Apr, 2012

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