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Heather Michaels

Suffering here too. My garden looks just awful! Haven't been able to get up most of the leaves from the fall in Autumn as the grass on the property is in really bad condition and any raking of it in the wet results in great big ugly bald patches. Right now it looks as though someone can't be bothered! Beautiful edged and barked area in the front garden also covered in icky wet rotting leaves and certainly not beautiful any more. Can't finish tidying the back or the border as its just rain, rain, rain and when it feels like it a little heavier rain. Factor in the continual 50 - 70 mph plus wind and....... no gardening activity at all! Roll on spring!  And after all of that, a Happy New Year to all! x

I know how you feel despite the beautiful sunshine today I can't do any gardening because the garden is so waterlogged.  I've got bare root hedging heeled in to my raised veg bed that I am itching to get planted.  At least the days are starting to get longer!


Not bored here - I was given a brilliant gardening book for Christmas - Dan Pearson's Home Ground: Sanctuary in the City - great for those of us whose gardens aren't huge ........ and the new catalogues from Chiltern Seeds plopped onto the doormat this morning ................ boredom?  No chance 

Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

Clueless, what does the OH do then? Or are you a house husband?

Yes my OH is the bread and butter of the household and I'm just the house husband But I feel quite up lifted now as I've been out in the garden not just digging I've weeded some of my bulb pots, dropped grass seed in the compost way back in October.

ham is quilted with cloves and honey now so just the veg to do

I've done some digging and nail up a fence that was taken down in November so I'm feeling quite pleased with my self.

More digging before dinner/tea I think.


PS found another job to do in the spring/summer my shed needs moving and painting as I have a big area of damp, I looked behind it and it's full of leaves that are rotting away ( about two foot deep) and I can't get behind the shed as it's up against the garage wall but hay it's been there for twelve years so I can't really complain


James I know just how you feel but i call it frustration not boredom. I've got plenty to do on these wet and windy days but it's not what I want to do. I want to out to play.


otnorot but just call me Bill

Clarington I was lucky as I only did without for 5 days,At this moment there are still people without water or power and they lost power two weeks this Saturday.



been out and had a look in my sweet peas whoo whoo nearly all the pots have broken through the compost RESULT I just have to keep my inpatient eye on them. Pain brush has been out as well to day painting that fence I have put up today (that's three coats in total) but two more is required on the face side (mine) and then to top and tail it with wood so it looks straight


well I'm going now to close greenhouse and cold frame let's hope I can do some more digging tomorrow, if not it's bloom I'm going to.


Diana Mead

oh dear, Clueless! I was feeling quite happy until I read your tale of woe!

I've been frustrated by the weather too but, try being a bit adaptable. Here in South Wales we have a very "moist" climate and a clay soil or to put it more succinctly, it's usually to wet to dig or too dry and hard to get the spade in. Like you, I have a list of jobs waiting to be done - shrubs to move, perennials to lift, divide and replant, veg plot to dig and prepare. etc.  - but none of them is THAT urgent. I did get out between the heavy showers today and completed pruning my restricted fruit trees and did a bit of tidying up, all from the path, too wet to tread on the soil.

I felt very pleased, one important job completed and ticked off the list. Oh and by the way, I found my first hellebores coming into flower, snowdrop leaves 2 inches high and bumble bees on the winter honeysuckle.

Gardening isn't all about hard work, learn to enjoy your special space too.

I was bored too and then I had the brilliant  idea of turning the compost heap. There was more than I thought... I was still out there in the dark.  Next time I will lie down in darkened room until I feel better! 


I was stick picking all morning, lovely.

Shredding tomorrow if it's not wet. Wet shredding is bad.

Then I can sort out the roadside 'hedge', weave straggly bits into our version of hedge

laying done a few years ago. Cut some off, then more shredding.

Then some pruning and more shredding.

And I'll probably get frustrated when I can't be out there but there's 2 half pairs of trousers to finish making. 5 pairs of curtains to shorten and put thermal lining on.

Then I need to do some letter writing for a couple of organisations which will mean a long session putting email addresses in my address book.

All will be well and spring will come James.

Diane, I know about wet Wales. I was walking near my son's house (valleys) and saw duckweed on the pavement



Hi Clueless,

I like others are feeling your pain and I know only too well how frustrating winter can be for us keen gardeners.

As my garden is situated in North Somerset on land that is basically Marsh Grazing Land and would have once been part of the 'Somerset Levels' winter gardening is almost impossible as we are always completely sodden and at times flooded in certain parts of the garden!! Now that is frustrating!!!...

Any way there are two things that I use the winter for, one is planning what I want to develop in the garden for next year and of course what new plants I might want to include.

Secondly I have been keeping a blog of the gardens progress since we started four years ago and as the garden is for wildlife I also keep running logs of all species of wildlife that visits us!

This planning and blogging and the listing of species and photographs is a great way to really keep focusing on the garden at this time of year and pays dividends the following year when all these plans come to fruition!

On my most recent blog post I have actually included my sketch for the plans of my next project and I hope this will spark up interest and ideas from others gadeners that follow it.

So there you are mate, rainy days are for planning and dark nights are for blogging and chatting about gardening and gardening ideas with other like minded people.

If interested in starting a blog or seeing what I've been planning during my recent 'bored' times click on the link below and see for yourself!!...

Just remember if you start blogging tell us all about it so that we can all have a read!!..





Clueless, could you please explain the WD40 on boots?


I go and dig if I intend to on that day whatever the weather, I have even been known to potter on my allotment in the snow .  You really do get "back to your roots"--literally    



I go and dig if I intend to on that day whatever the weather, I have even been known to potter on my allotment in the snow .  You really do get "back to your roots"--literally    

  PS- I see you've been out there now , bet it looks lovely ( don't look at the leaves )                                   



Hi again,

Just attempted to look at your blog but the 'my blog' section wouldn't open for some reason?

On your what to plant for next year section I see you have a plant called  'Mexican Hat  Ratibida' ?

I've not heard of this plant before and it looks very interesting. Can you tell me a bit more about it? Is it any good for pollinators? It's certainly accessible for them but I wondered if it is any good or one of the 'overbred' plants that are barren and have no use for pollinators?

I'll try and get on your blog again later to see if it will let me in or not.




the Mexican hat I've not grown yet however it's one that flower in it's second year and yes it's very good for pollinators this is why i bought them.

I will pull up the spec sheet later



Botanical Name: Ratibida columnifera rah-TIB-ih-dah kol-um-NIF-er-ah

Common Name: Mexican hat, Prairie coneflower, Long-head coneflower Synonyms: Lepachus columnifera, Rudbeckia columnifera Genus: Ratibida


This perennial coneflower, sometimes grown as an annual, has a long season of flowers on thin, branching stems. The flowers resemble small hats, with yellow reflexed ray florets and large greenish-brown columnar centers.
Noteworthy characteristics: Sombrero-shaped yellow flowers with long central cones bloom for a long time.
Care: Needs average, dry to medium, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soils in full sun. Intolerant of moist heavy clays. This plant is drought resistant.
Propagation: May be grown from seed, but will not flower until the second year. Sow seed in early spring in a cold frame. Divide perennials in spring when young, before they become too woody.
Problems: Downy mildew, powdery mildew, leaf smut, and fungal spots occur occasionally.

Height 1 ft. to 3 ft. Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft. Growth Pace Moderate Grower Light Full Sun Only Moisture Dry to Medium Maintenance Moderate Tolerance Drought Tolerant Characteristics Attracts Butterflies; Native; Showy Flowers Bloom Time Fall; Summer Flower Color Brown Flower; Yellow Flower Uses Beds and Borders, Cut Flower, Suitable as Annual Style Cottage Garden, Meadow Garden Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest Type Perennials

Not too bored. I was given a heated propagator for xmas to play with!! going to start my leeks and tomato seeds!!


Not yet, I hope ginagibbs, unless you've got somewhere warm enough to keep the tomatoes as they grow too tall for the propagator. March would be better.