Posted: 02/01/2017 at 23:46
I've been to Wales for the weekend to visit SIL in her new house and garden. New years eve saw a lot of alcoholic refreshment consumed.It was tipping it down with rain and not fit to be out. New years day, a walk along Harlech beach started with me in t shirt and trousers, woolly jumper , fleece, berghaus windproof jacket followed by sheepskin coat(made with real polyesters) With two hoods up I was still freezing. There was snow on the top of Manod, and 4 C on the beach. We warmed up by dragging a builders bag we found, and filled it up with all the plastic bottles,plaster bucket, glass bottles, bits of fishing net, an old bouy, and other non biodegradeable rubbish. Me and hubby dragged it back to the car park and left it at the side of the rubbish bin. The rest of the party tried to pretend they weren't with us. We'll probably get done for fly tipping. My sheepskin coat has a pocket full of shells and a cuttle fish bone. (good job its machine washable)
Today I inspected the new garden. It backs up to a hill and is on a slope which is mainly terraced. What do I think.? Well the row of huge 40ft Lawsons cypress with lots of dead need to come down. Leave the beech and eucalyptus. The greenhouse under them is past it. If they remove it, cut the laurel down to six foot, it would make a nice flat area for a garden studio, overlooking the view down the valley. The third shed with the glass missing will make a wood store for the said cypress logs to dry out ready for the log burner. No I'm not doing it. Get a qualified man in. The overgrown veg patch needs the part rotted compost spreading on it, cover with cardboard or black plastic, then plant blight resistant potatoes in March. The overpruned apple trees that now have loads of water shoots need winter pruning. All long bits off down to six inches. The stream through one corner will look nice with a gunnera at the back and some candelabra primulas, a few astilbes and a rodgersia or two. Crug Farm is only a short drive away. There looks to be a very nicely shaped large magnolia.
Then I left them to it. We visited Ashwood nurseries on the way back, but only bought a flowering indoor jasmine and some bird food,
When we got back, we got a text to say the apples have now been pruned. The beginnings of a large project, I think.
Happy New year everyone .
Bed for me .