Our doorbell rang yesterday afternoon and it was B., paying us a quick visit with some thank you presents for helping her clean out her pond. We considered the job just a friendly thing to do and also feel better about taking the dilapidated shed for kindling. She obviously thought otherwise and gave me 2 Cowslips (I love them) and a small Dianthus. DB got 4 cans of Guinness!
The garden is now moving at quite a pace. Lots of hardy perennials are around 3" - 4" high, rose bushes and other wooded bushes and fruit are showing their leaves. We have finally finished emptying the compost bin, the other half full one was tossed into the empty one and 2 sacks of horse manure and seaweed chucked in for good measure. We shall continue to fill this one unti 3/4 full then close it off and begin on the empty one.
Elsewhere in the back garden, we have sorted out the drowned strawberry problem. I have for years used one of those 4/5 tier soft plastic cover greenhouses but last year the zip tore away. Not wanted to throw the whole thing we have utilized some of the shelves as a strawberry, tiered table.
You can see, other than the copper poles holding the back up, that we have used two shelves but 4 shelves worth of supports from the original greenhouse to build this. I'm keeping my fingers crossed it will work well as last year, these strawberries spent most of their summer under water. I'm really surprised they didn't rot!
Having invested in a thornless bramble plant (not at all cheap) which drowned and rotted last year, we have risked buying another and hope it will survive. If not, that is it, can't afford to keep buying them.
The gooseberries leaves are just unfurling and the blueberry plants are showing lots of flower buds. Some of the autumn raspberries are also beginning to leaf up, hope they are better this year as well. I doubt we got more than 10 berries off them last year!