Monday 14 May 2018
Busy in the garden - updated
My Clematis Montana rubens flowering beautifully this year. Last year we had the gutters cleaned and as I was busy indoors, you can imagine the shock I got when the bod who did the guttering announced "Oh, I cut that ivy down that was growing up the down pipe." Ivy, WHAT ivy? I was so wrong-footed I didn't react. He left (having chucked his empty drinks bottle out of the car window on our driveway) and I went into the yard to find my poor clematis cut right down, just before it would flower . . . I was livid. The gutterings need clearing again and I shall be looking for another firm . . .
The current work in action, and below, what I achieved today, with my mattock! 5 barrowloads of leaves, roots, brambles and nettles. Go me!
I have started planting up the original veg patch as an orchard (we have lots of young fruit trees, but the 2nd most youthful are in the paddock garden.) The trees going in here are ones I've grown from seed, and will have reverted to one or other of their parents.
Here some earlier ones we grew from seed - they would be about 25 yrs old now.
So now the veg plot will now be much smaller, with slightly raised beds and with a concrete slab pathway to be added to one side for access. As you can see, it is all brambles and nettles, so I have a LOT of clearing to do - I'll be going out any minute to carry on. It will be easier for anyone who may eventually buy our house and of course, that whole area will look tidier.
The time is fast approaching when I can't go outside much because of the grass pollen, but that may be earlier this year due to the hot spells we've been having - I was sidelined at the end of April due to the tree pollen explosion from the last hot spell.
Meanwhile, we have had our neighbour with the digger clear the area of stone chippings which had turned into a lawn (and which K was struggling to keep mown, due to his frozen shoulder). My daughters will be able to park their cars there now when they visit. We have also had the access to the septic tank scraped off as we need to call the bod out soon to come and empty it.
Cowslips and Welsh poppies brighten the pathway up a bit.
A scented Clematis Montana rubens "Elizabeth" (I think) it smells of vanilla and is GORGEOUS. Here it is clambering to the top of my Magnolia stellata.
The new - hopefully cat-proof - strawberry bed, created today. (Well, weeded and planted and Fort Knoxed).