In spite of the continued April showers – yes, it is May – and the cool temperatures, after an impromptu afternoon snooze I galvanised myself into action. Here is the overall result, seen from the patio:
And again from the other end of the garden:
I’ve kept some of the flowering broccoli, in case they attract useful insects. I haven’t seen any of late but perhaps the birds have been eating them all. It has certainly been a pleasure to watch the robins as they feed.
Anyway, in the foreground of the first photo you will see that I have now acquired a second compost bin, courtesy of a good friend who felt she no longer had room for it herself. This is to be the finishing off bin and is decidedly empty at the moment…. As I had been turning over the original heap, I had been mixing up old and new compost, so it was quite difficult to separate them after that.
In any case, I am exceedingly pleased to have the bins both out of the way of my immediate eye line – the brown one had been right in front of where I usually sit for a few weeks. Now, I can sit and contemplate my next move more easily again.
Next moves this afternoon included spying dandelion flowers, which were swiftly removed. I reckon I still have at least twenty plants in the garden but this is a fraction of the number 18 months ago, before I started to do anything about them.
I also found a place to put the pots of plants one of my colleagues gave me the other day.
These contain from left to right: Lady’s Mantle, Lungwort and mint. I think that they might all have to stay in pots due to their tendency to take over, I understand. But I will make the necessary decisions on that one when I know where they might go!