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Little bit of a tidy up, first gardening job for 2023 ....


I got a yearning today to get myself down and dirty, I donned my wellie boots, found my gardening gloves, collected my weed bucket, the green bin and a few tools….
The first photo was taken last November, as you can see I still had plenty of flowers, the apple tree had not shed any of its leaves, the acers, ivy on the obelisk and other shrubs had had a last burst and produced new leaves after losing them during the drought months, considering the month I did have plenty of colour, they were completely zapped during that week of freezing weather in the middle of December, then the rain returned so I couldn’t clear the leaves or cut back the dahlia’s, not only that but I had a nasty chest infection, lasted for weeks as well as my asthma playing up,the worst it had been since I retired, the garden was a right mess…….. I don’t cut everything back in my garden in autumn, I like to provide protection for the little creatures but I do like to see my Hellebores and the new bulbs, this particular bed is the one I sit and admire from my armchair, all those little beings can have the rest of the garden, I want this bit to look good…..

That is much better…..Below is the flowering cherry at the bottom of our garden, not showing clearly against the sky but it is full of flower….

Then I took the camera for a walk, quite a few flowers to see which did make me smile…..

It did me a power of good being out there today, even though I discovered naughty Pepper, who had been with me in the garden, sneaked into the sitting room and cleaned her mucky paws out on my carpet….Can’t win them all can you, lol……

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Hoping your chest infection and asthma is better Lincslass. Dong a good job there. For me I was in garden yesterday as a day free, it was mild so quite pleasant , this time of year I usually have no love for it, everything looks terrible in winter here. The garden has become more something I have started and cannot get free all the work it creates. I cut down grasses and Erigons which I don't think you're supposed to do ,, everything I buy dies anyway. Used the cut down material for hedgehog . Your garden looking alive, my prims are eaten lol. Gardening too expensive and I should learn it never ends

6 Jan, 2023


Lovely view from your armchair Sue, and nice to have some early flowers :)
Hope you're keeping well now xx

6 Jan, 2023


Goodness, you've been busy Lincs and have some flowers to admire. We were out yesterday, too - it finally stopped raining and everything is soaked so we can't get on the beds. Yours is looking neat and tidy. We did cut back the acer and disentangle next-door's montana which was spreading all over it, but that's all. Hope you're on the up now.

6 Jan, 2023


Sue, that foray into the garden must have done you a world of good, I know it would have done for me! Your Polyanthus/Primroses and Hellebores are so colourful. Here, the Hellebores have lots of buds but are refusing to open ... don't blame them in this dreary weather. Mrs. Blackbird made a right old mess when looking for bugs so now the grass edges are covered in soggy leaves. Oh well, she was enjoying herself ... :o)

6 Jan, 2023


So pleased you were able to get outside and get on with a few jobs because it is very satisfying.
You have lots of pretty early flowers too.
Our hellebores are not doing at all well this year but I am not expecting too much from them too early?

6 Jan, 2023


I do love reading your blogs Sue and hope you are feeling much better now!
I have had a walk round the gardens, but have no enthusiam at the moment due to trying to keep the fox from messing up the garden and the poly myalgia which slows me down a bit.
You seem to have a lot of colour in your garden, whereas mine is slow to wake up!
I bet it is nice to just sit in your armchair and look at your border.

6 Jan, 2023


Hope you are recovered now Lincs. Good to see your hellebores in flower. Mine have forgotten all about flowering so far. You have lots of flowers considering the time of year. And I was feeling so pleased with myself because we have three primrose flowers and one celandine!
You certainly succeeded in making a good view from your window - it looks great

7 Jan, 2023


Hope you're on the mend, Sue! There's a lot of chest related illness around, apart from covid!
Your pics and blog are a lovely read! I wish my garden looked so fresh and floriferous in January! I've only one hellebore in bloom at the minute, and it only has the one flower so far 🙄
Take it easy out there! Don't push yourself too hard!.
Best wishes x

8 Jan, 2023


Hope you are recovering well from your chest infection, Lincs. I, too, had an infection in my chest over Christmas but a week's treatment with an antibiotic cleared it up!

Your little piece of heaven looks lovely! 👍😀

8 Jan, 2023

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