Posted: 01/10/2017 at 17:05
We have rain! Ding dong! Up early to go to a garden 90 minutes away for 10 am start and both dogs got soaked when OH took them out in the dark. Can't remember the last time they needed a rub down after walkies but it was almost daily in Belgium and often preceded by a hose down.
Huge garden today and yet more plant collecting rather than plant care I feel. The owner is now widowed and her father had the house and land and retreated there for the war to escape the horrors of occupied Paris. He started planting trees in a sort of park near the house. Her OH retired at 55 and they spent 25 years together planting 600+ trees and converting a walled garden to a series of 6 different areas - 4 all with the same layout but different plants and colour schemes. She's been on her own for 3 years but has help with hedges and big jobs and spends 4 hours a day on her mower in spring.
Decided not to do the arboretum visit in the pm so came home and had our picnic lunch here with a glass of fizz to celebrate our arrival here a year ago. Dry when we got home but soft, light rain falling again now. Fingers crossed it lasts a few hours please.
The only thing I've done with fallen leaves is decorate tables for an autumn dinner dance and fill bags in the hope of making leaf mold. The donkey stall in the ruin is full of bags from last year.