Today we woke up to sunshine, the pea green coloured sea was much calmer with a half hearted little ripple on the surface, obviously too lazy to create the forceful waves of yesterday but not sleepy enough to stay calm. When I took this picture later in the afternoon the tide was out and it had changed to this lovely deep blue.
Although it looked like it could be a promising day weatherwise and one for going out in the garden – in fact we ended up playing at weathermen all day in and out as we had one or two sudden showers.
There is plenty of tidying up to do but not everywhere as some little corners I leave for nature to take over.
I have pruning to do on mass – far too many hydrangeas and buddleias to get round and plenty of rosa rugosa along our stream bank.
DH managed another 3 metres of ditch yesterday and today – he hasn’t yet seized up and can still move this evening so I reckon he might do a bit more tomorrow and finish it.
This is part of the ditch above and the resulting mud pile below. The mud is being used to build up this part of our stream bank which is the lowest point and where the water seeps over into the garden when we have too much heavy rain – hence the temporary sandbags to the right of the picture..
We might, just might, have found a new gardener – she seems keen to come but having vehicle trouble at the moment (aren’t we all). She is a lady that has helped out here many years ago and remembers us too. Our garden requires someone in tune with the slightly wild side of gardening and know when to leave some of the wild flowers in place and when to remove some so they don’t overpower and become invasive, it is a fine balance and one I still battle with.
The daisy path looks like it will be a glorious sight this year when they come out, they have multiplied over the winter but presently they are still in slumber and I am waiting patiently for their awakening – it is one of my favourite parts of the garden.
The large rhododendron will be missed this year as it had a hard prune last year and there is rather a large gap at the entrance to the woodland walk. There are encouraging signs of new growth and maybe a little more food might encourage it to regrow faster. Whilst I have the fish, blood and bone out I will scatter handfuls along the rosa rugosa hedge that the new caravan site owner cut down and cross my fingers that some of the stumps left will reshoot.
Tomorrow I am taking part in the Scraphappy Challenge with a few other bloggers – so my post will be of a more crafty nature. x
4 Replies to “dear diary >> mud, glorious mud…”
I have a rosa rugosa hedge which I inherited with my garden and can confirm that it will definitely grow back from stumps. It will send out new shoots probably more vigorously than before if mine is anything to go by, that is what mine has done whenever I have cut it back that hard, you have to dig it up to get rid of it completely!
Your daisy path sounds wonderful, I hope you are around to see it and can share some photos.
The daisy path flowers all summer – it was a bit of an accident as it was a path that had small beach pebbles on but the daisies took over and I prefer it.
If you have buddlieas then you will be pruning for some time! The garden looks lovely and welcoming.
When we first came to the cottage I discovered a branch from a buddleia that was 20 foot long growing sideways along the length of the banking – I manage to revive the shrub and it is now bushy and upright again.
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