Sunday, 22 April 2018

AT LAST

A weekend of reasonably good weather. I know I should not complain but Saturday was too hot for garden work in the mid morning to mid afternoon.
Since we have so much to do, the heat did not help and it did rain shortly in late afternoon , then we had thunderstorms overnight  which for today Sunday , was a help because it was cooler but still dry and bright.


Saturday we spent moving the shrubs that were at the side of the old Gazebo, one a Euonymous ( Spindle tree) which is very large I wanted to save because it's leaves turn a beautiful deep red in the autumn, so it's been moved to the back fence on the right. But before we could do so, we needed to buy a couple of new pieces of 12 inch trellis to place above the new fence and pull over and tie down the rose, The Rambling Rector which was running amok.
Once that was done we moved the bush. We then used some older trellis ( recycling) against the fence in two places which enabled us to move the two yellow climbing roses, The Pilgrim and Graham Thomas and place them there.


Paul spent this morning digging out the box hedge and digging out the area that now needs to be filled with concrete to take the new longer log cabin. He also , on Saturday , added a couple of the old but still in good condition decking boards along the bottom of the old fence.
This was to help strengthen it and help it last longer as it will be behind the new building.


The footprint looks lovely and big but I'll save judgement until building up and I'm looking inside!

While Paul was working on the extra base , I was clearing all the old rubbish , taking it out to the front , so it's available to take off to the recycling centre when we have the opportunity.


The large pile of wood and the pieces of shrub now taken out to the front and just the new concrete fence post waiting to go in. Along with the old washing line metal pole that needs sorting.



The awaiting pile.


Yet more to be added.

That large piece of  wood you can see in wheelbarrow was extra that was done. Over by the gate into the flower garden was a large shrub that had started to outgrow it's space. I started cutting it back and as you do when gardening, I decided that it was time for it to go ! So I landed up removing it all , with Paul digging out the trunk for me at the end.


Because I wasn't intending to remove the shrub completely I didn't take a before photo but this photo above from the other week shows the shrub on the left of the Venus Statue that's in the centre at the back.


 and in fact this turned out to be perfect as it meant we had a place for the small box hedge we'd dug out from the side of the old gazebo.


I was surprised just how much the bush had grown and as I cut it back and down the statue of Venus suddenly started to get some sun on her ! She'd been half hidden by the bush..


The Box hedging is in place and will help keep the gateway clear and there is a large shrub down the end of the garden that I may move here plus a red  Camilla , we were given, in a pot which I'm thinking would look nice in front.

Well having said all that I need to go and finish emptying the wheelbarrow and clearing out more of the rubbish.

But things are beginning to move forward at last.


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Sunday, 15 April 2018

ON GOING..

Well it's basically rained all week with the odd dry patch now and then. But finally we did get some dry weather on Saturday! But alas I was working and Paul was unwell, so we are no further forward than last weekend.


The plants and trees, like this Acer , are beginning to get their leaves despite the lack of sun and the constant rain.


The Magnolia Stellata is finally in flower, having seen a little bit of sun!


We did manage to clear off the base and bag up the rubbish. I also cut back and dug up a holly which had grown at an angle and by removing, will allow me to move a shrub, which is to the right hand side of this photo in the middle, into the space now available. It's a Spindle tree which has the most beautiful red leaves in the autumn. The shrub is quite big , so we are hoping to be able to move it without causing it any damage.


The pile of rubbish gets bigger! and is just another thing that will need dealing with when time allows.

They are forecasting some dry and warm weather ! So if it arrives and Paul's back to full fitness, we'll be working on the garden this coming weekend and hope to make a big dent in what needs doing!


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