Posted: 13/11/2016 at 16:18
My under gardener still needs some serious training but has done well today - forked over half that bed under the albizzia which can't have been dug since it was planted and membraned. Stopped cos his back was aching but even so went on to dig up the honeysuckle which was growing through another membrane round a blue hibiscus. Couldn't save the honeysuckle cos of all its roots being so tangled up but we can get another and plant it somewhere more sensible as it had a lovely perfume.
All the shrubs and trees up at the house end of the garden have this green weed proof membrane on display in wee beds surrounded by stone. Our mixed hedge has it too and so does the sloping bed planted with dead dwarf conifers and some rather lovely hibiscus, a fuchsia and a bay tree. Going to take some sorting.
Haven't seen any lollipops in the immediate neighbourhood but on the home leg of walkies we spotted that someone has cut their magnificent liquidambar so it no longer has its lovely, graceful cone shape. Not a lollipop but definitely not right either. Shame.
I have done my painting and swear I can still see the ghost of a blue stripe. Will have to wait till tomorrow to see if I still can or am just being paranoid. I've also emptied and stashed an embarrassment of curtain fabrics from two wicker trunks - some left over from previous projects, some bought and never used and some donated by a friend who'd bought it for her house in Canada just before OH transferred to a job in Brussels. By the time they'd rented for a year or two and then bought their very grand bourgeois Belgian dream home her tastes had changed but they're perfect for a country home.