First thing this morning – well, once the temperature had risen to 5 Celsius - I went out to titivate the front garden.
Due to my back problems, I have a rule of only weeding, clearing, or pruning 2 tubs worth of rubbish at any one time. Depending on how I am feeling, it can sometimes be stretched it to 3. This works great for me and stops me plodding on without thinking.
Today I have been pruning back all the stalks I didn't get around to doing in autumn. There are just the Japanese anemone's to do, plus a clematis. Then I can start the back garden before tackling the drive and small side alley garden. That's before I start weeding!
Hubby was busy filling all the bird feeding stations and starting on my next things for the garden. He is good bless him. He long ago gave up questioning why I want things doing, or even how they need to be done. He just gives me 'that' look and starts the job!
Anyway, the latest thing he is making for me are 'reminder' sticks. Most of my canes are past their best so as new ones will be needed, he is going to cut them down to 12” and colour code their tops.
Why you might be asking. Well, I don't know about you but in summer/autumn when transplanting, I keep disturbing my spring bulbs. So they will have white tops (snowdrops), yellow (daffodil/crocus), pink (hyacinth) etc. As I don't want to have a stick garden they will be pushed 6” - 9” into the ground, leaving just their painted tops showing in the gravel. Knowing me, or probably OH, they will be tripped over, so the deeper they go in, the better.
What do you think? A good idea or have I been out in the sun for too long?
We have just come back from our first exciting visit to a garden centre. Although I spent more than intended on four packets of seeds, one was free and the other 99p if I bought one full price packet. As they were what I needed, I got them. Have also invested £15 on a good quality metal bean pole. Every few years, I have to buy new 8' canes (which are expensive as I don't have access to hazel poles) to grow my beans up so felt this would be better in the long run. Bought a bag of potting compost, a lovely reduced chrysanthemum, which I shall divide to get four plants for the garden plus a new small bird feeder where they have to get inside a ball.
Here are pictures of the plant and seeds: 1) Pot Chrysanthemum, 2) Annual Chrysanthemum Polar Star, 3) Corn Cockle, 4) Cornflower Snowman and finally 5) Alyssum Carpet of Snow, whose honey scent fills the garden.