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Eating the Elephant!

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I haven’t been well for quite a while, and that’s bad news when it comes to the garden. It takes all my time to keep it looking good, as it’s a large one – so being unable to get out and get on has been very frustrating.

Hywel said that he thought of the tasks in his garden waiting to be done as being ‘overwhelming’.

My response to him (and to myself) was to think of it as ‘eating the elephant’. It’s obviously impossible to eat that great big animal in one gulp – but you could manage it in small mouthfuls!

So – what’s the first step? Make a list. It doesn’t have to be on paper, it can be in your head, but I find it helpful to write down the priorities and cross them off. I do the same in the last couple of weeks before the garden’s open for charity.

Job 1 – this was really getting me down. The leaves from the vine are falling fast, and there was a carpet of them across the cobbles and right along the paths at the back of the house. Well – I spent a few minutes (between rests) picking some up and putting them in black plastic bags to make leaf mould.

After a couple of days, I had four sacks filled and stored, and one waiting for more fallen leaves. I feel on top of that, now, even though there are lots more leaves yet to fall.

Here’s today’s leaves. Not a problem to pick those up and pop them in the bag.

Job 2 – My containers were looking very sorry for themselves, as the summer bedding faded. Then my box of bulbs arrived!

I couldn’t just leave them there – they needed to be planted. So, remembering the elephant again, I started on one container. Out came the finished begonias and tatty diascia, and in went my lovely Skimmia ‘Magic Marlot’ kept safely potted up all summer. I planted Crocus ‘King of the Stripes’ and surrounded the Skimmia with dark rose pansies.

Oh, it did help to have made a start! It spurred me on to get other containers replanted – gradually!

There’s one more to go – I’ll get it done tomorrow.

Here’s my box of bulbs now. Only a few tulips for the last pot, and some white Brodiaea for the island bed are left inside.

More jobs: Sitting in my chair in the garden room, I could see what needed to be done in the nearest bed. The Aquilegia had dead leaves amongst the new ones, the Catananche had finished flowering and looked a mess.

Well – I could deal with those two jobs quite easily.

That took 10 minutes!

The Catananche? I’m doing this gradually – almost done.

A late-late job! Oh dear – I was so late taking Penstemon cuttings, but better late than never. I collected some jam-jars and clear pots, and took my seed labels and pen round the garden with me. I ended up with a row of pots in the greenhouse, and even if only a few of them grow roots, I’ll be pleased. By the way, I usually get much better results with these cuttings in water, rather than compost.

It’s October – time to plant my sweet peas. If I wanted lovely fragrant flowers next summer, I’d have to get them in.

It didn’t take much time or energy to get them planted in newspaper pots in the greenhouse – three per pot.

There’s also a huge job – (note to self, remember the elephant!)

All the phlox, and other perennials that have finished, need to be cut back…

The phlox look such a mess, as they tend to develop mildew.

I’ve been cutting back one clump at a time, and taking the stems to the compost bin. This task would certainly overwhelm me if I let it – but I refuse to allow it to! There are plenty more to cut back, but I’ll get there, gradually. I usually mulch all the cut-back clumps, too, but there’s plenty of time to do that, again, bit by bit.

Rehmannia angulata

Remember this lovely flower? It has more buds on it at the moment…whether they’ll open, I don’t know – but while I was looking at it the other day, I noticed that there are four seedlings underneath. I think that’ll just be a small ‘bite’ to dig them up, pot them, and put them in the coldframe for the winter.

Looking around the garden, there are lots of jobs I still have to tackle. Look at the island bed – it needs cutting back…

…but I have made a start on it. Another bite taken!

I’m not always thinking about all the jobs waiting to be done, though. That would get depressing! I can admire some beautiful flowers in the garden, and forget about eating elephants for a while.

Colchicum ‘Water Lily’

Butterfly Antirrhinum

Scabiosa ‘Fama’

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You'll feel so much better doing things little by little, Spritz. Your blog makes perfect sense...I've got the list in a book and have also been writing info in about which plants I'd like to have when sorting out new borders next spring.

I hope you can remain patient with yourself and do it all bite by little bite...I like your positive attitude. I'm one of the ones who has a tendency to look at the elephant so your blog is a good reminder! lol

Keep well.

14 Oct, 2010

 

Enjoyed your blog Spritzhenry and the way you have tackled you garden,(I took my sunglasses off to look at the colours) Hope you are feeling better take care...x

14 Oct, 2010

 

I think you've achieved a lot, the bending and stretching involved with gardening can be just too much sometimes, especially if you're not feeling 100%. I love the Skimmia with the rose coloured Pansies in your pot. Sit back and congratulate yourself for the work you've done today ! Remember just how big Elephants are, one bite at a time. Take care of yourself. : o ))

14 Oct, 2010

 

I have to set myself one task a night now after work and not get annoyed about having enough time as it gets dark so early, it will be worse soon. I love your blog and your garden Spritz :-)))) Here's to Elephants we can eat them!!

14 Oct, 2010

 

Its good to hear from you Spritz, I`m so pleased you`re feeling better and you are so right, a bit at a time is so much better than not being able to do any because one is worn out through ill health or overwork, love your elephant idea. Lovely photo`s and thankyou for reminder as to sweetpeas, have to do mine as well.
Hope all is well with Henry......

14 Oct, 2010

 

glad you were able to get some things done........ lovely pics ... your tubs look lovely..... i just do what i can when i can due to health problems... but i always feel better when ive been doing things in the garden...

14 Oct, 2010

 

Enjoyed your blog Spritz. I like the "eating an elephant" analogy - another good one is "yard by yard - much too hard, inch by inch - it's a cinch" :)

14 Oct, 2010

 

Clever, SBell...I've written that in the front of my garden diary so I can look at the words when I'm feeling impatient! :)

14 Oct, 2010

 

I think of it as if I'm Michelangelo - he didn't create his works of art in one hit, he did his sculptures a chip at a time... this was said to me by my mother in law 20 years ago when I expressed doubts about recycling, feeling my bit of recycling would make no difference at all ... I've read this blog with my sunglasses on, its the only way I can concentrate with this glaring white background, lol!

14 Oct, 2010

 

good blog think we all at some time think it will be too much! then we can look at what we have achieved and can be pleased with ourselves. Sorry youve not been well hope you are on mend. I can sympathise with you. Containers are looking great!

14 Oct, 2010

 

Snap Bamboo!

14 Oct, 2010

 

i,am with you spriz....................... one step at a time .lol or is that bite at a time . hope you better soon. i have bin doing a bit each day too. but still have loads flowering, sadly i think the 1st frost will put paid to that . urgggg

14 Oct, 2010

 

Your garden will look great after you've finished that elephant! Do you want a slice of bread with it or maybe some gravy? Lol.
Seriously though Spritz, I'm really pleased to see you are feeling much better now. :~))

14 Oct, 2010

 

Thanks to all of you - I'm improving, but of course the chilly weather is a bit off-putting. I have the will to get it all done - so I'll remember the other sayings, and carry on bit by bit, inch by inch, or chip by chip! lol.

No thanks, Ian! ;-)

14 Oct, 2010

 

What a positive way to tackle what seems overwhelming tasks, the rewards come as step by step you tick them from your lists and admire your results, Well Done Barbara and I hope you are soon feeling well again;0)

14 Oct, 2010

 

Sorry to hear you have not been too well, hope you are on the road to recovery now. Loved the blog, only trouble with eating elephants.... they do tend to give you terrible indigestion!!

14 Oct, 2010

 

hope you're feeling better now B, the only way to tackle all those jobs, and so far you've done a great job. BTW since you mentioned penstemmon cuttings rooting in water, that's the way I've been doing it and had much better results, so thank you for that.

15 Oct, 2010

 

Good blog Spritz,and your pots look lovely.Glad you are feeling better.Don't eat all the Elephant....I'll pop round for a sandwich..Lol.

15 Oct, 2010

 

I hope you'll be feeling better and better with time Barbara. Being in the garden certainly helps. You may only do one thing at a time, but it all mounts up, - and very soon you've done a lot.
Keep taking small bites. You'll get there :o)

15 Oct, 2010

 

I'm so glad you found this, Hywel. You're so right - doing nothing makes me feel worse, while doing a little brings a sense of achievement with it. I 'will' keep up the bites! lol.

15 Oct, 2010

 

I've nearly eaten one ear of my elephant lol - still a lot to go. I'll be tackling the other ear soon, and then the trunk ;o)

15 Oct, 2010

 

I should be out there now - but I'm waiting to see if it warms up a bit first. I think it is, just a little. Now which part shall I eat today?.....lol.

15 Oct, 2010

 

Psssst Spritz, before you start on your main course You missed a PM! Lol

I've got a great recipe for elephant rump steak in black bean sauce if you're interested?

15 Oct, 2010

 

Eeeuuuggghhhh!! Sorry - I'll scroll back.

15 Oct, 2010

 

It's cold here aswell Barbara. I thought it might be sunny with you. You're further east.
I'm going to do a bit now. I have to go out this afternoon.

15 Oct, 2010

 

Sorry you havent been well Spritz and so glad you are feeling better....You have given me the push i needed to get things done in the garden...thankyou, eating the elephan is a great idea...:>)

15 Oct, 2010

 

You're welcome, Motinot - it really helps me, and Hywel too, I gather! LOL.

i hope you got a few more bites this morning, H. xx No, not a flicker of sunshine here, sadly.

15 Oct, 2010

 

great Blog Spritz, I do hope you are feeling much better, I must say I thought your pots looked wonderful, take it easy and just do a bit when you feel like it, don't eat to much of the elephant in one go will you.just a wee bit at a time,

15 Oct, 2010

 

Hi Barbara
I have just been out taking a few bites of elephant. Preparing my compost corner has taken me three days, but I finally got it under control today. Sorry to hear you have been unwell.
Best wishes
Linda

15 Oct, 2010

 

Spritz, you're an inspiration!! Thanks for this blog, just what I needed, and with some lovely pics to make me smile:-)

15 Oct, 2010

 

What a lovely positive attitude you have, I hope you manage `bite by bite` to get all your jobs done. If we can only do a few minutes a day I think this is a benefitial therapy in its self.
Love your photos and have taken in the tip of planting the sweet peas in newspaper, best wishes to you.

15 Oct, 2010

 

Spritz you are an inspiration to someone like me who is not at all organised and needs to get her act together.
Your pots look so lovely, colour schemes especially, I have to get cracking with mine asap.
Remember the free pots I was given, well they left another half dozen on their drive for Geoff to pick up. I can't believe our luck!
Note to self - Remeber Spritz blog!

15 Oct, 2010

 

Thank you all for your lovely comments and encouragement. I took a few more bites today - the last pot is now re-planted, and I cut two armfuls of Phlox, too. I took another bag of leaves up behind the greenhouse, but had to give up on picking any more up - there was a breeze blowing, with inevitable results! lol.

15 Oct, 2010

 

So sorry to hear you haven't been well Spritz.....but that is a great way of inspiring you to work in the garden again. Little by little and it's not too overwhelming, your pots look lovely, I'm all ready to do mine this weekend, I found out for sure today at our local nursery that the silver-leaf cineraria is hardy, they had use some in their winter tubs and it looks great for a change, so I'm hoping to root some cuttings for mine. Take care and rest a lot.

15 Oct, 2010

 

Thanks, Janey - I will. Good luck with your cuttings. :-))

15 Oct, 2010

 

Your health must come first Barbara, although you are anxious about work to be done look out at the best of the autumn as nature puts your garden to rest for the winter. There will still be time to catch up on the clearing up, in the past we left many plants till after halloween, having a clear up for Nov. 5th.

15 Oct, 2010

 

glad you are feeling better and can get out in the garden.

15 Oct, 2010

 

Thanks, Sbg. :-))

Docbob, yes, I agree - but it does me good to get outdoors, and do a little, so I'll carry on taking small bites, and trying not to look at the rest of the elephant! LOL.

16 Oct, 2010

 

How do I 'like this blog' ?

16 Oct, 2010

 

I went off to another blog to see - and under the end of the blog, before the comments start, there are options to press, Ba. I had to look for a while to find out!

Glad you 'do' like it, though. :-)))

16 Oct, 2010

 

Hi Barbara, sorry to hear you've been unwell. Like the idea of the elephant, made me laugh!! and I need to laugh at the mo. I to have been away from my garden (for 3 weeks). My aunty sadly died and I have just come back from Devon to find the plants have gone wild in my absence and the grass has grown sooo much. I still have a lot of plants flowering.
I took one look at it and thought "Oh boy it will take me ages" but a little bit each day works a treat.
Even this website has changed since Ive been away!!!! Nothing stays the same does it. Life just goes on. Hope you feel better sooner rather than later. I shall imagine an elephant standing in my garden egging me on. Liked your blog and also your lovely photos

16 Oct, 2010

 

Sorry to hear that, Great. It's a shock to see your garden after that length of time, isn't it. Glad I made you laugh, and that you enjoyed the blog.

I just want my former energy back! It's soooo frustrating. My elephant has quite a number of bite holes in him, though... lol.

16 Oct, 2010

 

lol Get well soon my friend and don't over do it x

16 Oct, 2010

 

I can't! I flake out....lol. xx

16 Oct, 2010

 

Sorry to hear you've not been too well Spritz. I hope you are well on the road to recovery. The worst thing you can do is to do too much and set yourself back so your "eating the elephant" is a marvellous idea. I take the same approach to housework. Dust for a bit then sit and have a cup of tea. Polish for a bit and then sit and have a cup of tea. etc etc. Makes things much more bearable but my tea budget will have to be increased. LOL
Keep on getting better....and take things one step at a time. One thing about it. The garden work will wait for you.

16 Oct, 2010

 

That's true, Gilli. It's me, I know - I just hate to see it looking so unkempt. I'm off out now to take a few more bites.

As to housework - I'm trying this approach here, too. one room at a time, slowly. :-)))

16 Oct, 2010

 

Hi Spritz....so sorry to hear that you have been so unwell....and really hope that you are now the mend.
I was amused at the elephant suggestion - great idea - as I too need some encouragement having been "out of office/garden" most of this year really due to ill health and have just written the garden off for 2010...and am now preparing some changes to make life easier out there in future....LOL
I am feeling like a Queen Canute - trying to hold back the tide of old age and arthritis - and not winning!
Keep up the good work - but gently and I hope Henry is keeping well now too and doing what dogs do best - being a loyal companion and healer.

16 Oct, 2010

 

Thanks, Alz. I'm sorry to hear that you have been suffering too. It's hard, isn't it. I say I'll stop and rest, and really mean to, but then I find I've done too much - yet again - and I'm whacked out.

Henry is wanting lots of love and strokes - he's both of those things....very loyal, and 'you' know how pets can help when all is not right.

16 Oct, 2010

 

Yes indeed Spritz....I am now down to one as you know and am missing an active pal to keep me company these days - so on the alert for any mellow, yellow lady labs - one or two - as Honey is also lonely and feeling her age.
Go easy Spritz....tomorrow is another day !!

16 Oct, 2010

 

Yes - I sent you a message, which I hope you got, Alz. I also hope that it won't be too long before another golden girl comes into your life.

I know when I've done too much - I wish I knew 'how' to stop before that point, though! lol.

16 Oct, 2010

 

Great blog, Spritz. It's really inspired me to do all my gardening jobs!! This is one I will come back and read again and again and again...

17 Oct, 2010

 

Spritz, you are an inspiration to us all.

Kind regards

TLG

17 Oct, 2010

 

Thank you Pip and TLG for your kind words. :-)) No 'bites' this morning, even though it's sunny, as it's Sunday and I'm off to church, but I shall munch a bit this afternoon, I hope!

The elephant is definitely shrinking. lol.

17 Oct, 2010

 

It is "slightly sunny" here - for the first time all week - so I too should be nibbling an elephant's ear....but as it is only 4C - it will be a a two fleece job....LOL
So go easy Spritz and be guided by Henry - when he lies down - then you should take a rest too - and try to pace yourself. Cx

17 Oct, 2010

 

Sorry to hear that you've been unwell Spritz - but so glad that you're feeling better and able to tackle the elephant (with pruning knife and border fork). Slowly, slowly - it's not a race. You can take it slowly and enjoy getting the garden back to normal. Best wishes :-)

17 Oct, 2010

 

Thanks, Alz and Beattie. I've been giving my secateurs a hard time - and taking armfuls of dead perennial stems to the compost bins. After I've finished that, I have to bring back barrow-loads of compost to mulch everywhere. I think it will be one barrow load and then a sit down...lol.

Henry? He thinks that 'gardening' involves bringing me his ball and plonking it right in front of me! ;-)

17 Oct, 2010

 

LOL...I can just imagine the scene!!! Labs are so dedicated to their toys aren't they!! At least he is keeping you company.
It was far too chilly outside for me today...poor old Honey got a short walk just now but although the temp says 10C on the thermometer...the wind chill factor says otherwise. Brrrrr! If it is the same where you are, Spritz.....I wouldn't sit down for too long!!!

17 Oct, 2010

 

He does love to be outside if I am, Alz. I'm off out for a few minutes. We had a light frost last night, so I'm going to move pots and fuchsias etc into the g'house. I expect to hear the patter of feet following me!

17 Oct, 2010

 

HA HA ...I'll bet you do too....and this is something I am missing dreadfully as little Di was very insecure and HAD to be with me everywhere - and I do mean everywhere...LOL

17 Oct, 2010

 

The sooner you get another companion for you and Honey, the better, Alz. :-)

17 Oct, 2010

 

You are spot on there Spritz.....so any mellow yellow lady labs that need a luxury retiral home - please apply!!!

17 Oct, 2010

 

There must be some around. I do hope one walks your way very soon, Alz. xx

17 Oct, 2010

 

This afternoon I was cutting back some ivy in a rather awkward spot at the back of a border behind a thorny rose and I felt that the garden was swallowing me up! Now I shall try to see it the other way round. I do admire your dogged (excuse the pun) determination and beautiful results.

17 Oct, 2010

 

Thank you for that very kind comment - and I wish you luck with your own elephant. It really is the only way to get things done when you feel overwhelmed.

You're right - I am a determined person, and I will get it all done however long it takes. :-))) I want 'my' garden back! lol.

17 Oct, 2010

 

Alzheimer, there is a charity that rehomes 'oldies' try googling and with any luck you and a lovely old girl will be very happy:-) Hope you're feeling stronger Spritz? When your are, you can BAT over here and chivvy me:-):-)

18 Oct, 2010

 

I'm trying , Ba.....no comment on that, please!!!

I'd love to see you...but I'm not up to flying in this weather... I'll have to do the chivvying from my PC!!

Get on with it, then! lol.

18 Oct, 2010

 

Ok Spritz, just going to make Alzheimer adopt a dog. Have a look at Labrador Rescue, South West and you'll want them all. They have oldies starting about 7 years old, I want them all:-) Come to think of it, I have no idea where Alz lives, must have been thinking of you Spritz, are you in the market?:-) Okay okay, I'm going to get some work done now:-)

18 Oct, 2010

 

I have to walk H. now - it's not nice out there... and no, I don't think we want another dog at the moment, thanks.

Got enough to cope with!

18 Oct, 2010

 

Oh! Dear. Sorry you haven't been well, but like me you are determind to get it done lol
I have been doing a revamp on my front garden & Husband Barry has made a picket fence to keep our Shih tzu from running off to chase cat across the road.
I will be putting a Blog on here soon of Before & After.
Well! Hope the gardening goes well for you and remember a little at a time please, don't want you tiring yourself out do we.
Take Care
Jackie ** (8<))

18 Oct, 2010

 

I'll be watching out for your blog, Jackie. :-))

I can't let the garden go to rack and ruin, not after all the work that's gone into it, so as you say, a little at a time. Thanks - I shall try to remember!

18 Oct, 2010

 

Hi Spritz, I hope like all of us that you will soon be 100% again. Autumn is a hard time in the garden isnt it, theres a lot of physical stuff to do, the weather is getting worse and it becomes a race against time to get everything cleared up before its too late. Now that I am fully retired, I have a list of "elephant bites" and try to do a bit most days when the weather is good enough. I shall be happy when all the bulbs are planted the pots sorted and the sweet peas planted too.
Then there will be more time to enjoy GOY!

18 Oct, 2010

 

You're right - it's a very busy time. I only took two small bites this afternoon, but that was something, anyway, and my husband has been an absolute star - he's managed to cut the grass, so it's all looking much better anyway.

Now I'll have to get the edges done. That always makes a big difference, doesn't it.

18 Oct, 2010

 

Just catching up with all the blogs and photo's now I can spend time on the site again. I couldn't cope for long with the new colours. Anyway I am glad to hear you are perking up again and you are managing to get jobs done steadily. The garden is quite late closing down this autumn isn't it and left us with less time to tidy it up and mulch before the keen frosts start. Our grass is still growing and it makes such a difference when it's mown and edged. Keep up the good work Spritz. Remember to take time to enjoy the autumn colours.

18 Oct, 2010

 

Well done Spritz u have made a good start on That Elephant LOL , I know how u feel not being able 2 get out&do what needs doing as im now working its hard 4 me to find time 2 do all i need 2 get done but with a little help from Phil i got there last wked ;) XXX

18 Oct, 2010

 

Isn't it nice to be back "in the green" again!! Much more gardening-friendly and I just wish the weather would be as kind up here - a bitter wind blowing right out of the Arctic today - so no hope of any outside work for me....even a double fleece wasn't enough...eek

18 Oct, 2010

 

That's good - I wondered how you'd manage with a job and the garden too! It's lovely to see you back. How's Summer?

Homebird, yes, you're right. I have buds on roses, Asters in flower, Dahlias and all sorts. I did manage to add half a trug of compost on top of the new Vitex shrub - as advised. I mustn't try to do my usual dash around with the shears, edging all the grass, though. I'll try to do that bit by bit, as well....or even bite by bite! LOL.

18 Oct, 2010

 

Thanx Spritz its good 2 be back ,My Summers ok apart from the odd limp when she 1st gets up from her bed:/ shes 11 now bless her & is slowing down a little X

18 Oct, 2010

 

Oops! Sorry, Alz - you popped up when I was answering Jacque and Homebird. Yes - it wasn't too bad today, but you should see the forecast! They even said it might snow in North Devon - that's not far from us. Frost tomorrow night, too.

I'm just so relieved to see that green. Bye-bye blues! lol.

Jac - I'm glad she's OK. Henry will be 6 tomorrow! Did you see that he's got epilepsy? He's on medication for life now. :-(

18 Oct, 2010

 

OMG Poor Henry :( Im sorry 2 hear that Spritz :( Plez give him all My Love,Hugs & Kisses XXXXX

18 Oct, 2010

 

Spritz, so sorry to hear about Henry. hope the medication makes things easier for him. My own daughter had epilepsy from age 10 to 22 until she had had firstborn and it totally disappeared, so I know how distressing it is to see a loved one with this condition.

18 Oct, 2010

 

Yes, the fits were very, very scary, but the phenobarbitol seems to be controlling them and we know that he can live with medication, even though he's a bit lethargic on it. Much better than seeing him have fits, I can assure you! (I will, Jac. xx)

Isn't that strange about your daughter, Bell! I'm so pleased, though. Pity Henry can't have a puppy! lol.

18 Oct, 2010

 

Glad to hear he's under control Spritz, and yes we were very lucky to have a happy outcome with Lyndsay, just as well as she has had lots of other medical problems to contend with over the years, but nothing stops her doing what she wants to do.

18 Oct, 2010

 

She must be a determined lady, Bell. Good for her! :-)))

19 Oct, 2010

 

Glad your feeling up to "nibbling" now Barbara, pretty sure you'll soon be up to "scoffing" lol x

19 Oct, 2010

 

Thanks - I really hope so. It isn't like me at all to be so 'down' - but I'll get there. :-))

19 Oct, 2010

 

It's somebody's special day today!
Wish Henry a very happy birthday from us and a really, really, REALLY big hug from Holly! (She insisted that I put that bit in before she went to bed! Lol)

If you keep chewing on this elephant at this rate you'll be down to his tail in no time at all! ;~))

19 Oct, 2010

 

Sounds like she's very much like yourself Spritz, determined to get on with it. Hope you see some improvement soon.

19 Oct, 2010

 

Thanks, Bell. :-)

Ian - I certainly will give him a special hug from Holly. That's really nice. Tell her he said 'thank you', please!

19 Oct, 2010

 

Holly insisted on checking that I had sent the message this morning when she got up (even before she would have any breakfast! Lol) She'll be over the moon to see he's answered her when she comes in. :~))

20 Oct, 2010

 

:-))))

20 Oct, 2010

 

I'm with you Spritz - I have a chonic back and as I can only do so much activity in a day I am in a constant battle with myself between housework and gardening. I prefer gardening but and usually only do the housework when the dust is so thick my granddaughter can write in it !

I too have a book with a list of jobs etc - problem is the list seems to get much bigger before I can cross anything off as.

Still - will keep trying as you do - a little at a time - providing it doesn't rain later I shall probably cut the grass - then I shall definately not be fit for anything else as I usually have to lay down afterwards ! How pathetic eh ?

20 Oct, 2010

 

Not pathetic at all Mariek, pathetic is never even having a go, so well done!

20 Oct, 2010

 

Definitely not pathetic. That's a big achievement, so have a pat on the back from me! :-)))

20 Oct, 2010

 

Mariek....you do well to keep plodding along with aches & pains...not pathetic at all. I hope after cutting the grass you aren't too uncomfy. As you say...a little at a time :)

20 Oct, 2010

 

i feel worn out just looking at all your photos, that garden will look amazing
i love the colchium ~ i have the same sort but mine are not looking so good ~ how do you do it?

20 Oct, 2010

 

Thank you, Stickitoffee - you'd need a couple of weeks to go through all my photos and I reckon you'd be square-eyed as well! ;-)

I don't know how the Colchicum grew so well - I just planted it and waited! I've been delighted with it.

20 Oct, 2010

 

Sure, at times, I think gardening can be daunting, especially if you are below par, because a garden is a living, changing entity. Gardens seem to dance and flirt with the seasons, but they always surprise, and usually delight in ways that other 'pursuits' don't. But, on the other hand, gardening affords me that sense of gratification that comes with 'completion' that is a much longer time coming with my day job of historical research - which at times seems to be unending. For me, the sense that I can don the wellies, hack at a clump of daffodils, lay a flagstone path, or re-seed the lawn, gives me a wonderful sense of accomplishment (especially if it is done well). I much enjoyed your starting blog, and reading the replies. Best wishes, ptarotuos

21 Oct, 2010

 

So informative. Thank you. I hope you are feeling tiptop soon.

21 Oct, 2010

 

Thank you, ptarouos. I'm glad you enjoyed the blog.

Thanks, Pam - I'm getting there. :-)))

21 Oct, 2010

 

Oh Spritz! I'm so sorry I missed your blog and didn't know you had been under the weather...hope you are on the mend now after all that effort and fresh air! x

27 Oct, 2010

 

hi barbara sorry im late didnt get any notice of your blogs grr does irritate me when that happens but there you go, sorry you havent felt to good and hope your feeling a bit better, good idea thinking about the elephant lol, you havent done to bad concidering your not well, your pots look lovely especially the magic marlot pot, lovely, such a big garden, i tend to leave alot to die down and move after winter but thats ok for me not having to open my garden to the public, anyway keep well and dont over do things, your garden looks lovely all the time to me ;o)) x

27 Oct, 2010

 

It's OK, Karen & Sandra - I can't keep up, either! I am a lot better, thanks, and I feel much more 'in control' in the garden. Without my elephant, I wouldn't have coped.

There are still things to be done, of course, so more bites will be taken. LOL.

Thanks for your lovely compliment, Sandra. xx

27 Oct, 2010

 

yw barbara ;o) x

27 Oct, 2010

 

Yes, it's a good metaphor and very helpful. Now whenever I feel 'overwhelmed'...you know, like the growing dread of having to sand every door in my hallway for redecorating (there are 6 of them on the upstairs landing), I shall think of you and your elephant. One door a day and I'll have it done in less than a week!! And when my friends ask me what I'm doing just now, I shall reply..."I am eating Spritz's Elephant" !! ;)) Thanks! :))

27 Oct, 2010

 

LOL, LOL. So I'll get the blame, will I? As long as you say it the right way, and not through gritted teeth, I shall forgive you, Karen. ;-)

27 Oct, 2010

 

lol!!! I don't do gritted teeth.....well not very often...unless I'm trying to dig up a tree that is!!

27 Oct, 2010

 

Oh dear - it does come in useful on occasion, Karen. LOL.

27 Oct, 2010

 

Yes, that and a lot of panting and heaving...and an occasional swear word muttered under the breath incase any neighbours are out!!

27 Oct, 2010

 

You? Swearing? Never. ;-/

27 Oct, 2010

 

;))

27 Oct, 2010

 

Errr....'Dash' and 'Bother' perhaps? LOL.

28 Oct, 2010

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