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OH and I are feeling rather smug! Since the continuous rain stopped 3 weeks ago we have been out cutting back, weeding and mulching the borders. We have had to wait until new herbaceous plantings made themselves apparent to fully complete the job. On average we have spent a couple of hours most mornings getting to grips with it all.
It took me hours to sort and tidy all the plants in the greenhouse. My brother has a lot to answer for, because he stayed in the Autumn and wanted slips for his new garden. At the same time (naturally) I planted up bits for me, too. If we ever downsize it will save a lot of effort; if we don’t I shall have far more plants than I know what to do with! In the meantime, I’m suffering from ‘creeping pot disease’.

Before the sort-out. 1 greenhouse, 3 cold frames, 1 little plastic greenhouse, all bursting at the seams.

OH rehomed a spirea ‘Little Princess’ which was evicted in the Autumn and stored rather unceremoniously in a bucket in the greenhouse. He also removed 2 roses: ‘Bonica’ which was thriving (sorry!) and ‘Mountbatten’, which wasn’t. Urged on by Rose we moved one overlarge climber ‘Wollerton Old Hall’ to the front garden.

‘Wollerton Old Hall’ moved to new position. She fought back and OH retired wounded, poor thing.

This is where some of my over-enthusiastic daffodil purchases also found a home. I hope they return next year… Our record of survivors is usually not good.

At the back, all the borders have been weeded and mulched. (Well, with lockdown what else is there to do?) Usually this is a job we are running to catch up with before everything bursts into life. We took out 2 hebes we didn’t like much and 2 which had been slain by the frost. Also a number of barely lingering penstemons. We cut back and fed roses and clematis. We hardly know ourselves. But our pockets, after multiple visits to DIY stores for soil conditioner and manure compost (and the inevitable plants that also fell into our trollies as little extras,) certainly DO know about it!

I’ll finish with a few pics of newly flowering small Spring treasures from the front garden.

Chaenomeles ‘Scarlet and Gold’

Hellebore plug plants growing well after 5 years: mostly doubles.

Narcissus ‘Sailboat’

Which does buck the trend and comes back reliably each Spring..

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My word,what a marathon! Hope you can now sit down and get your breath back! You will be contenders for the Tidy Garden competition!

23 Mar, 2021

 

A mammoth effort here Anget but you will see the results over the next few months and be glad you made these changes.
The beds look very neat and spacious too.

23 Mar, 2021

 

You have nice wide borders Anget. You can squeeze more plants in there. All looks clean and neat. Job well done. You are lucky that your OH has an interest in gardening. Mine does not. He just wants to admire all the work I do. :=)

23 Mar, 2021

 

Great effort, you must feel so pleased with all the hard work you’ve done!

23 Mar, 2021

 

Thank you, Ladies.

Klahanie, I am lucky OH does all the heavy stuff. Like most couples, though, there are compromises that please no-one when you're both involved! He likes herbaceous flowers, all colours; straight lines and nothing that 'grows too big' ie. most shrubs! Oh, and 'grass-bothering'. I would prefer to have softer lines, get fed up with what I call 'currant buns' (small, roundy plants), a good-sized pond (that's a no-no for some reason) and am happy with clover or moss. Suffice it to say that if we weren't together our individual gardens would look very different!

23 Mar, 2021

 

What a happy blog ... thank you!

23 Mar, 2021

 

I am lucky in some respects, OH is not in the least interested in gardening or plants, so I do as I please, but 4 hands get the jobs knocked off quicker. Like that little Daff, sailboat, must remember that. Your Hellebores are looking great.

23 Mar, 2021

 

excellent effort from you both. the garden is looking brilliant Anget.

23 Mar, 2021

 

All ,looking good Anget, i'm also very lucky as i do most of the garden apart from the lawn and the fruit trees OH does those or any lifting he does that. You've done a grand job x

23 Mar, 2021

 

Ams: it is very satisfying to be up-to-date. We'll see how long that lasts!

Thank you, Sheila. I'm envious of your new delivery..

Siris: I'm resposible for pruning and plant-maintenance but I simply can't manage to remove large shrubs from the borders. If you remember, I think you'll like 'Sailboat' in the coming season.

Thank you SBG. I wonder how we'd have kept up if we'd both still been at work. Still, gardens expand to fill the available time, don't they? It's keeping away from the tipping-point that makes them a real chore rather than enjoyable that's important now. And that depends on strength, time and age.

Thanks, Stripes. You have the best compromise, I think!!

23 Mar, 2021

 

Gosh, Ange!!!! You've been a very productive, busy pair!!!
Have to concur with Klahanie , you have lovely wide borders! You lucky lady! Lots of space for lovely new purchases!
Your garden is looking very organised and tidy, all ready for the next season.
Well done to you both! You'll have earned a sit down and a cuppa or a glass of wine!

23 Mar, 2021

 

Don't worry, Kate, in a few weeks I shall be moaning that it's all grown too fast to keep up with - especially if our May holiday actually takes place! Briefly, contentment reigns :-)

23 Mar, 2021

 

Wow, made me feel tired just reading about all your work. Last year I was the same and had the garden all ship shaped early. This year it's taking a bit longer. It's all looking very cared for and loved.

24 Mar, 2021

 

Gosh, I need to get my breath back after such a long slog!
You busy bees, what a joy though I bet, getting it all done, ready for spring now. Soil improver is just what I need too.
Well done to you both..:))

24 Mar, 2021

 

You've been busy, your garden has benefitted from the lockdown :) Lovely views and plants ...

25 Mar, 2021

 

Thank you all. We shall see if the conditioner makes any noticeable difference to plant growth. That larger back border is a nightmare to get anything thriving in it. I've lost count of the number of shrubs that have turned up their toes in it. Ever hopeful!

25 Mar, 2021

 

Wow, Anget...
you've worked hard with excellent results. Garden looking really good. 😊

25 Mar, 2021

 

sorry missed this Anget . You been very busy too ! Me myself also been chucking out and rehoming, you have wonderful garden and adore greenhouse , really want one for garden instead of taking everything indoors when the cold keeps coming . The borders are coming through for you and hard work paying off. been carrying pots about too , heavy ones at that :D

28 Mar, 2021

 

Thank you, Terra, better than a workout.

Paul, not so glamorous today: spreading muck around the the clematis, roses and some shrubs. Talk about smelling of "sweet violets"! The greenhouse is lovely to work in, but even that is full to overflowing as are the cold-frames and the outside trays. It's all out-of-hand again! I'm hopeless at self-control.... I've just ordered 2 new peonies. No idea where they will go but my new enthusiasm is species ones. There's always something, isn't there? I need half an acre, really.

28 Mar, 2021

 

I am terrible at will power , if I see plant I get it knowing I have room !

29 Mar, 2021

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