A gardening day at last
Today was the best day in the garden this year but that isn’t really saying much as it’s the first day I have really been able to spend any time outside due to the cold, rain, frost, ice or snow since November.
As normal I had half a dozen ideas of what I wanted to get on with today but I became distracted by the pond. Having written a blog post for Yell.com on tidying your pond before the frogs spawn I thought I ought to take my own advice and do just that!. Despite having spent some time in the autumn trying to clear leaves from the pond it was quite choker with leaves and sticks particularly after the gales we have had over the weekend. I donned my rubber gloves and set to. It was a smelly and dirty job but I am pleased with the result.
I disturbed a frog which sat just peeping out of the water looking at me, presumably unimpressed. I went to take a photo of the frog but he disappeared as soon as the camera appeared typical. Anyway, its good to know that at least one frog has survived the last winter, hopefully there will be another of the opposite sex and lots of frog spawn will follow.
I had to take a short break to clean myself up and pop into Worcester for my short 10 min monthly guest slot on the local gardening radio programme (I’m about 15 mins in). Then it was back to the garden and more tidying. The deciduous grasses have been cut back and the old shoots removed which required a sort of combing technique – time-consuming but they look much better now.
I pricked out my onion seedlings, tidied the greenhouse, did a bit of weeding and cut back the leaves on some of the hellebores so I can see the flowers better. I now ache all over but feel rejuvenated and happy with even more plans and schemes buzzing in my head.