On my list of jobs for today was to move the finishing off compost bin to the back of the garden. Before I moved it, though, I had a go at removing some couch grass and brambles from the space to be occupied by the bin.
This is when I saw a ladybird – in January!
The ladybird is actually on a dead mint leaf, above the ground by a foot or so, which makes me think it must be awake rather than in hibernation. Which in turn is not a particularly good sign, although in and of itself it was a charming sight in the gloom.
Now, the predicted low pressure front has descended and I’ve come in for shelter. However, I did more than move the compost bin. On a roll with my spade, I dug out a patch of self-seeded lemon balm, so the big compost bin is a little fuller.
Much as I love lemon balm, I don’t want a garden full of it – there’s only so much you can use for tea. And there are lots of other goodies to put in the revamped garden. For example, last Thursday at R V Roger’s I picked up a packet of purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), which I hope will thrive in the bog garden.
It looks like the pond liner has a leak, as the water I’ve put in so far seems to be diminishing. It is early day’s, though, so I’m not going to rush out for a butyl sheet just yet!