It’s been one of those weeks, you know the ones. You look away from something for a few minutes and when you look back it’s changed completely. At some point between Thursday evening and yesterday afternoon the witch hazel acquired leaves, all over, all at once. I suspect pixies of creeping into the garden and glueing them on.
Yesterday I spent a bit of time weeding, and planting out bedding plants – Mum gave me some cosmos, asters and rudbeckias so they’re all in the ground now. She also gave me some French marigolds, but I wanted to put them in pots and didn’t have enough compost so they just had to wait – this morning I went and bought some compost, along with a few other supplies, so they’re now sorted. I usually keep a pot in the greenhouse as the marigolds help to keep aphids off the tomatoes. I wanted to get some copper strips to put round the pots to keep slugs and snails off but couldn’t get any this morning so have ended up ordering from Ebay (there’s not much you can’t get on Ebay). I’ve also potted on the four artemisia cuttings which have taken (two didn’t) and have already taken one over to Mum’s.
I took a few pictures yesterday, mostly at the front, then some more today at the back.
The front is mostly about shades of foliage at the moment but some things are getting ready to flower. Foliage is interesting too, though, and I love to see contrasting plants together:
The back garden has a bit more going on.
A few things have been behind but they seem to be catching up now.
And in amongst all that lot we have lots of flowers on the strawberry, buds on the raspberry and fruit already forming on the gooseberry.
Finally here’s something I’ve been meaning to post for a while. Mum bought us these signs for Christmas – J’s hangs in the shed, of course, and mine is in the greenhouse which is much more my domain.
We’re rapidly approaching the point in the year where all we have to do is a bit of weeding and dead-heading now and then. It’s always good but this year there’s been a bit more urgency about it as I’ve got to have surgery on my foot in June and won’t be able to do much for a few weeks afterwards. Still, as long as the weather’s good I can sit on the patio (with my foot up!) and admire our handiwork.