I have spent a great afternoon in the garden finally doing some serious gardening. The sun has shone for the most part and it felt so good to feel its warmth on my back.
As ever I didn’t do what I intended to do, so easily distracted but then there is so much that needs doing it doesn’t really matter. I have worked my way through the slope border, weeding and picking up sticks and bits of broken stems. For some reason that is beyond me we get a ridiculous amount of sticks in this garden, presumably blowing down from the willow and prunus trees when it is windy but given the amount that comes down the trees really should be bald by now. I discovered some hefty Foxglove seedlings growing at the front of the border and moved them up the slope along with some Hollyhocks. I then I planted out a nice group of Phlomis Russelina and a couple of Thalictrum seedlings I had lurking on the patio. Going along the rest of the border there are new shoots appearing which is great as hopefully I haven’t lost anything in this border over winter. The trouble is the shoots haven’t broken cover yet so the border does look incredibly bare.
I then moved on to the ‘Pond Border’ and gave that a quick tidy up and fork over with the hand fork. The surface had really capped with all the rain and cold we have had and in some places where the new shoots were pushing through the ground had lifted and cracked completely out of proportion to the size of the shoot. It is amazing how much strength and power they have. A few Alliums Purple Sensation which I had put in pots last year as I couldn’t remember where they were destined for were planted out in this border as well.
So much more to do but I have the whole of tomorrow and hopefully the weather forecast will be right and it will be another lovely day.
I thought I would share the photo above with you as it amused us greatly. We seem to have acquired a Pheasant in the garden this week probably due to the amount of bird food I put out. However, we did think it was going a little far when he jumped up onto the bird feeder. He spent quite a bit of the afternoon spying on me from behind a Bamboo which was entertaining. Sorry about the quality of the photo but the sun was shining so much and I had to be quick before I scared him off!!