This morning dawned bright and sunny, so I took a walk up the hill beyond the garden. I was only out half an hour, and that included five minutes reflection on the bench at the top, overlooking the valley. I saw our little herd of 7 deer again, and was amazed to see a tawny owl fly right past me only a few feet away, then down the lane before disappearing into the wood. What a treat!
I have an ever increasing list of jobs to do in the garden, and many of them get started, but not finished, which is frustrating. This is not because I give up, or get distracted. Below is the ‘black hole’ where we removed a thicket of Rosa rugosa. I have started raking it over to remove all the twigs and roots that are scattered all over, which also then reveals any roots that have not been dug up. These are then pulled out. This makes it a back-breaking job.
You may be able to see (if you are looking at this on a proper screen rather than a piddly phone screen) the difference between the smoother top half and the rubbish strewn lower half. I can only do a couple of hours work at this, as it is just so hard on my back. So that is still to be finished.
This was a shrubby honeysuckle, a messy evergreen that doesn’t flower, which was just spoiling the shrubs around it and blocking our views of the garden. So it was cut down, but now the roots need digging out – another job needing a strong back. I am quite capable of doing these jobs, but I just have to pace myself. If my back starts to hurt, these jobs have to wait until it feels better.
In between digging jobs, we have been getting on with the Spring pruning, and the buddleias and hydrangeas are now all done. But I still have a few dogwoods to tackle.
This one looks like it has never been pruned, so rather than lots of thick strong attractive red shoots, it has a brown trunk and some thin red twigs. I hope I can improve it.But pruning has been shunted aside as I have bought rather a lot of plants lately, so have been planting instead. It is all about priorities, and they are constantly changing.
We have had a tree surgeon round to deal with our storm damaged tree, and he did a neat job of trimming the snags. And now I have a heap of branches of assorted sizes to sort into logs to be sawn up for the woodburner, branches to use as kindling, and the rest for the bonfire.
And then there is the shed…
When it rains, there is a puddle on the roof where the roof is so bowed. That then leaks through the flimsy roof, soaking one corner so that it is rotten and horrid. It had to go. So we have a lovely new shed!
Isn’t it nice?? Ok, well it will be.
This job is actually nearly finished. We dismantled the old shed yesterday morning, and saved the sides to make a compost bin out of. Then we assembled the new one, all but the roof. This morning the roof went on, but it still need the roofing felt. It has been hard work, especially carrying all the pieces up the steps to the garden, but the end result is worth it. You will have to wait until it is completed , then I will show you a photo.