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Spring is on its way and so we begin again....

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At last we are having some good days, I was beginning to go stir crazy being shut indoors because of all the rain, snow and then more rain, this week its been really warm, beautiful bright sunshine and blue skies, spring is arriving, time to start tidying ..
Most plants have strong new shoots so I’ve been cutting down the dead stalks from the perennials and turned the top over being careful not to dig out the newly emerging plants, now I can see my Hellebores.


Surprisingly the earth has been quite managable…


I love the view now the g’house isn’t there and I’m eager to see what the rose garden will look like this summer…

Looks good from both sides and although you cannot really tell from the pics my roses have settled in and the plants are beginning to spread around the edges….
Lots of spaces to fill but waiting for those still sleeping to show themselves..

I felt I had to show you all my Viburnam, some of you will remember I’ve been struggling to save it for a few years now, think I can safely say my TLC has worked..

Below is work in progress, I sit in my house and get very annoyed because although I love the view it didn’t take long for me to realise I could now see my compost and garden bins from my windows, they used to be hidden away by the top g’house, daft as it might seem its bothered me all winter, they had to go, I’ve moved them to the opposite side of the garden, they are now hidden away behind my shed and the g’house, now I’m in the process of spreading the lovely compost amongst my plants and making the border garden even longer…

Still have to find a place to hide the green bin and my wheelbarrow, when its sorted I’m going to have lots of space to fill , not sure yet what to put there but I’m working on that as I keep changing my mind…..


Both ponds have also received a bit of attention, I’ve cut back the debris from the Iris, we never turn the pump off in our fishpond except for cleaning purposes, three weeks back when we had our really very cold spell we awoke one morning and I noticed the water had gone down by almost half in depth over one night, naturally I was panicking in case it had sprung a leak, I checked the waterfall but though I didn’t find anything wrong with the hoses my hubby turned that off thinking that was problem solved, however three days later it happened again, more investigations revealed that for the first time in over 35yrs our outer filter box had completely frozen , the water was still pumping into it but was spilling out of the lid onto the garden as it couldn’t break through the ice, hubby had to unscrew the hose so at the moment it is laid back onto the netting, cleaning that filter and putting it back in situ is hopefully the next job on my agenda, now that is a really dirty job that needs another good, warm day,.
All tidy down the bottom pond also it has definitely sprung a leak but as its only home for the frogs we have not yet got around to replacing the liner, at our age it probably won’t get done this year either, you can see its also covered with various pieces of mesh, that’s because both Harriet and Pepper delight in dragging the plants out trying to get at the frogs, oh the joys of sharing with pets…


All in all things are moving forward, colour is returning to our gardens and hopefully freedom to live our lives as we wish will be with us soon, hope you are all keeping well, continue to stay safe all and enjoy your gardens ….

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Looking much tidier than my garden although looks a lot bigger. The tlc seems to have worked, hopefully it will go from strength to strength.

27 Feb, 2021

 

Goodness, you have been busy, Lincs, and it looks ready for the off! Your hellebores look good too. It's always fun to create more planting space. We took out and replanted a climbing rose yeaterday so have a gap in the border to fill. It fought back and we're both suffering scratches. We, too, are contemplating moving unsightly things - the compost bins. We're measuring the space today! (What a bit of sun does for the energy levels...)!

27 Feb, 2021

 

Busy as usual Sue. Your Hellebores seem much taller than mine. Do you cut them back? I love the spring flowers, they bring such hope of warmer, brighter days although I'm not fond of daffodils in the garden, they take too long to die back.
I have been tidying up in my garden too, despite the fact we're moving soon. Sad to say I over did it and have suffered this week :-(( Don't you over do it yourself.

27 Feb, 2021

 

wow tht is a garden makeover suitable for the tv and done properly.
You will enjoy watching it flower and I know what you mean by hiding bins etc.
you have certainly worked hard and with a lovely vision in mind.

27 Feb, 2021

 

Its looking great Sue ! You have been busy! I love this time of year when we look round the garden and then make changes. My favourite job! Your new border looks lovely too! And I bet you can't wait to see your roses flower!
Every time I see your pond, I wonder if I could make one, but I think it may be too difficult at my age of 71 now, even though I am fairly fit!
When I saw your little pond, I just wanted to know how deep you did it as I could possibly do a small one if it isn't too deep.

27 Feb, 2021

 

Thanks Siris, gardening is my favourite pastime, being confined to quarters for a year it has received even more of my attention,....

27 Feb, 2021

 

Hi Anget, once I start a job I just keep at it, roses do have a very nasty habit of fighting back, I didn't get any scratches this tie around as it was not quite warm enough to work without a sweater, I've pooped a few cuttings from my climbing roses in the ground to see if they'll root, doesn't matter if they don't but worth it if it means a freebie...My hellebores do well now and I do have a lot, plenty of babies as well, I tried growing them for years and couldn't get them to flower, then I joined Goy and a lovely lady named Spritz advised me on how to care for them...

27 Feb, 2021

 

Hiya Waddy, I've sat too long in the last few months and I kid you not my poor knees have been suffering terribly, now I'm working those pains away, lol..I'm sorry your suffering though, this getting old lark is not good is it, I 've always said that when I can't do my garden it'll be time to pop my clogs.. I do cut the big leaves off the Hellebores and any that turn black, then when the flowers finish I cut right back to the ground, spaghetti planting so to speak, I know what you mean about the Daffs and the leaves, plenty of gardeners won't plant any bulbs at all, openly admit I have in the past been guilty of cutting them back too soon, simply because of them looking so messy, don't think that will be a problem this year as they will long gone before its time to plant in that spot....Do you have a date for moving yet ??

27 Feb, 2021

 

Thanks Seaburn I admit I'm pleased with it, as you can see the nearly dead conifers are still near the bottom pond, Covid stopped our plans to cut them down as we couldn't get rid of the rubbish, I'm still hoping to get rid, just have to wait until we're back to as normal as possible. Hoping all is well with you and your family...

27 Feb, 2021

 

Hello Rose, I know, its a beautiful time especially when everything starts to bloom, we've had a really dreary time in recent weeks and the spring flowers with an added bonus of sunny warm days has really given me a much needed boost.
I'm 74 this year and wouldn't fancy trying to dig out a pond now lol, have you thought about getting a small one and building up around it instead of digging down, I've seen lots done like that and they look amazing, my son lives in Boston and when he was doing his he found stone so he built up, its been in about 15yrs now and looks amazing, our small pond is approx 2ft in the deepest part with a sloping shelf at one end, it needs a new liner really but lifting the slabs is too hard a job at our age, never have found the leak but its nearer the top so once the plants grow up again its less obvious and the frogs love it, if the leak gets worse I'll simply turn it into a bog garden, depends what you are after really, if its only ornamental with plants you wouldn't need much depth would you, even one of the little half barrels are really attractive...

27 Feb, 2021

 

That's a big job Sue yet your garden has much potential. Are you getting a new greenhouse? I start up my own seeds indoors for the flower borders - cosmos, verbena & day lily seeds from last year. Not sure what else. My seeds grow very well on my kitchen counter top under a grow light & near a south window. They go out end of April.

27 Feb, 2021

 

Hello Paul, hope all is well with you, no I decided last year that at my age I don't need two g'houses so gave one to my neighbour, the base had been concreted in and would have taken a lot of energy and time to remove, instead I cleared it and created my rose garden, hence the eagerness to see what it looks like when in bloom. I have started off a few seeds but determined not to do as many as I did last year as when we went into lockdown I sowed all the seeds I possessed then spent all summer finding places to plant them, toms and cucumbers, I might not even bother with this year as hopefully we will be able to go out and about soon, if that happens i'd rather not have to rely on someone coming in to do my watering, naturally that could change, at the moment my remaining g'house is full of fuschias, geraniums and succulents.....

28 Feb, 2021

 

You’ve been very busy, Sue, and achieved so much in what you’ve done. Your garden is looking so tidy and organised too. Loving the ponds, it’s great to have a water feature or two, we have a small pond with fish and it’s so relaxing, even in the cooler months.
You do look like your all set for the next stage.
I can only imagine how excited you are to see your rose garden in bloom and enjoy the wonderful fragrances they will produce.
Well done!

28 Feb, 2021

 

Hi Sue, I know what you mean nothing to be said for getting older is there? I am hoping to have some Hellebore in my 'new' garden so I will try your trick. As for daffs, I love the little tet-ta-tet ones, but when it comes to the full sized ones, I stick to buying bunches as I love the smell. However I do like other, low growing spring bulbs.
No date for moving yet. We were supposed to be going on the 5th March, but there's a hitch at the beginning of the chain, so we're waiting for a new date. My neighbour did ask why I was bothering with the garden as we're moving, but I don't know about you but I couldn't just ignore what needed to be done.

28 Feb, 2021

 

P.s. I can't believe your 74! You put me to shame!

28 Feb, 2021

 

Thankyou Kate, I do love my ponds and the water features and often get sidetracked just watching what is going on in them and listening to the water is so relaxing, I took advantage of the lovely weather and don't mind admitting I really needed my time in my garden, it gave me a real boost as it has for so many, onwards and upwards Kate....

28 Feb, 2021

 

Waddy you are so kind, its my stubborn attitude that keeps me going don'tcha know, lol..
Oh dear that must feel as though you're in limbo , not good considering how things have been for the last year, as regards the garden I would be just like you, its still yours, no way would I neglect it either. ..

28 Feb, 2021

 

Thanks for the info Sue! It gives me something to think about now!
Can you tell me what the little standard tree is in your new little garden as I am after a small tree for the back of my rose garden.

1 Mar, 2021

 

Rose I think you mean the Photina (Red Robin) I've just put a new photo up...It's leaves are beginning to turn red...

1 Mar, 2021

 

Have to admire the Viburnum Lincs, its looking really happy and loving whatever it was you did for it last year!

I wish I was 74 again - make the most of what energy you have... Your daffodils look very pretty - Everything looks a bit tatty when its old (see the Mirror...)but by then something else is beautiful and distracts attention. I guess you have to choose between loving plants for themselves and loving a beautiful tidy garden. I never got the knack of managing both at once...
I was going to bring some daffodils into the house today for St Davids Day, but then thought that's daft, they'll last much longer in the garden... Isn't it wonderful how one patch light up and then fades just as another comes into bloom?

1 Mar, 2021

 

Thanks for sharing your garden with us, Linclass. It is looking nice & tidy. I hope we don't get any more hard frosts, but we have March & April to get through still. My garden is tidy too, but I haven't cut everything too hard back yet, only a top trim. Lovely to be able to get out there when we get some sun, isn't it. Makes you feel that life is starting anew :-)

2 Mar, 2021

 

Stera I'm really chuffed at how well the viburnum is looking this year and naturally the flowers add to that feeling, I'm so pleased I couldn't get the stump out, as you know that one is very special to me..
I prefer a natural look over tidiness any day, at times that means things do grow in the wrong place and to some come June my long border will look very unkempt but I will love it, also I don't like throwing healthy plants away, when thinning back I then overcrowd other spots filling in empty spaces, beauty of working like that is I rarely have to weed, I have lots of empty spaces to fill this year though so I'll be one happy
gardener..
Unfortunately I cannot have flowers in my home now, both Derek and Sherryl get hay fever If I do, cannot even have a vase in my dining room as hubby has set up his main computer in there since he retired, plus for months now Sherryl has had to work from home, no longer looks like a dining room as two work stations and lots of files everywhere, saying that I would buy bunches of daffs rather than pick my own, as you said they last longer in the garden, ...
Oops !!! wrong name but you're always Stera to me, lol...

2 Mar, 2021

 

Feverfew last week working in the garden really gave me a much needed boost, sadly the warmth and sunshine has moved to pastures new, its cold and grey again now but luckily no rain or frost, yes its still early so mustn't take any chances with the emerging new shoots, some of the tender ones still need last years growth for protection, plus our little creatures still need homes.

2 Mar, 2021

 

Lovely to see your garden again, Sue! 👏

2 Mar, 2021

 

Thankyou Balcony, nice to hear from you, hope both of you are keeping well.x

2 Mar, 2021

 

Thanks Sue!

3 Mar, 2021

 

Yes, Sue, we're both fine & have had our Covid-19 jabs (the 1st one anyway!) but I had the Oxford one & my wife was given the the American one. We thought we would both have the same jab but 3 weeks difference made a big difference!

4 Mar, 2021

 

Your garden looks so interesting, Lincsclass, with lots of good plants. Mine is OK. Himself thinks its looks fine but I do yearn for something really eyecatching. I'm no designer though and I don't have the back strength or energy to do real renovation anyway. I know the aged Himself doesn't!

I've lost all my Hellebores but one. No idea where they've gone or what happened to them but they must have just turned up their toes. I shall replace them.

Then I couldn't find my snowdrops and thought, for the third year in a row, that something must have eaten them. Finally found them by accident growing through the middle of a large clump of Stipa Arundinacea which is scheduled for 'sorting'. Seems like the snowdrops will have to be moved, too, if I want to be able to see them each spring.

This time of year makes you see what areas need renovating, doesn't it?

4 Mar, 2021

 

Lol Lincs, I do still feel like Stera (will answer to anything...)but there seemed to be no way round changing. So sorry to hear that you can't have flowers in the house. It sounds as though you are a very tolerant person all round - I remember thinking that when you had Toria's stuff all over the place some time ago.
Balcony did you find that there was a difference in after effects between the two vaccines?

4 Mar, 2021

 

"Balcony did you find that there was a difference in after effects between the two vaccines?"

Neither of us has had any side effects, thanks! 👍

Have you had yours yet?

5 Mar, 2021

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