Monthly Archives: February 2019

Twenty-one washing up bowls of water

After my siesta yesterday afternoon, I started on revamping the pond. I’d left it a bit late in the day, though, and from past experience have learned that rushing a job when my heart isn’t in it leads to mistakes. … Continue reading

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Improving the bog garden

Until last weekend, I thought that my bog garden was complete. Sigh! I already knew that it needed holes in the liner to stop the water stagnating. What I’d not thought about was some liner on the pool side of … Continue reading

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Signs of survival

After the dogwood I bought last summer being in a small pot during the drought, I had wondered if it would still thrive once it was put in the ground. Need I have worried? Well, no. Beautiful golden buds have … Continue reading

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A reason to come home early

Normally, after I’ve visited my parents, I like to fit in a cultural visit somewhere en route home. Not today though, as I was on a mission to plant the new trees. I’d underestimated how long it would take me … Continue reading

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Three little trees

I had my two hazel trees and the yew* sent to my parents’, not being sure how big they would be and therefore how inconvenient it might be for my neighbours to accept delivery. In the event, I needn’t have … Continue reading

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All because of four beans

I’m doing a little experiment: four broad bean seeds have been planted straight into the raised bed. Will they germinate? Who knows – but with a large packet of seeds, there is nothing to lose by finding out. As it … Continue reading

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Can’t believe my eyes

I could have done a Wordless Wednesday post with this photo but for the sake of clarity, these daffodils are far too early. Or may be it’s me that’s got the wrong month. I know that time goes faster as … Continue reading

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Propagator out again

I had intended to sow some broad beans at the very beginning of February but you know how it is. Too cold outside for fiddling about with empty pots and compost. However, it was beautiful today. I put the heating … Continue reading

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Composting Champions

The weekend started with the shocking news that one of my colleagues had died on Wednesday evening. She was only young with a daughter my own daughter’s age, so there is a great deal of sorrow in my heart at … Continue reading

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A hole and a wall

Suddenly, I feel the pressure is on to get jobs in the garden done. One of these was to use up the rest of the latest bokashi to add fertility to the new rhubarb bed, after it was lifted last … Continue reading

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