Posted: 25/02/2015 at 23:10
"Still far too wet and boggy to do any gardening."
Today I put the washing lines back up. It's not really drying weather again yet, although it's come close recently, but they have to go up so the actual paid gardener can mow the lawns around them, which are definitely growing. The paths I trampled feeding the birds over winter are starting to recover and the rest of it's getting ankle-deep in places.
In the process I found that the tiny back lawn, apart from being patchy and full of buttercups, is also very, very soggy. I may have to spend some time with a spade there, creating two very short drains. Not sure I fancy the part where I'll have to tunnel under the hedge from the lawn side and from the riverbank to let them actually drain out. Ugh. Then they need sand or river-washed pebbles to bed the pipes and two lengths of pipe, and then they need filling in again. Crappy little lawn. Are there any nice plants that love soggy ground? Can I just rip up that crappy turf and plant a load of marsh mallows or something? Would anyone object?