Posted: 13/06/2012 at 18:09
First day in the garden for a few. The weather was warm and sunny today, warmer even than what the weatherman predicted.
So, I had a massive list of to-do jobs, starting with feeding the veg (since watering on a wet day don't make no sense to me) but I got distracted tidying up after the recent wind damage. Inevitably this led to tidying the borders when I noticed a lot of manky leaves on my Kniphofia which I'm always clearing away. My two established clumps also needed de-snailing (some of the flower-stalks have nibble damage which I guess is inevitable this year ) and I also turned the compost bins and added the rest of the pampas grass compost to those bins, just about squeezing it in and leaving a small pile that I'll fork into the ground. Bins are all coming along nicely!
After lunch, I returned to the garden to discuss planting combos with my ever-accommodating hubby who left for Parliamentary debates whilst I hacked back some of my Ivy clumps.
Now, I love Ivy for many reasons, both climbing and the mounds of the stuff that I let develop in the border. They are like breathing spaces to me, with incredible foliage that offers freshness and greenness between more showy planting, but they can get out of control, spreading through the undergrowth with extremely long stems. I must have filled a bin liner with these today and it looks a lot tidier for it, although the clumps remained untouched.
There was more tidying after dinner and then the lawn got mowed and trimmed although it's more a lawn of clover than grass. Ho-hum.
All in all, I'm pleased with the garden this year and now all the mess has been dealt with, I think I deserve that glass of Pimms on the patio