Posted: 13/05/2012 at 15:00
It's been sunny all day and I started gardening early morning, watching the black bird forage for his chicks and the curious amount of wasps using my huge Laurel bush as the local supermarket.
Beneath the Laurel, I am still finishing off my main shade border, planting some Alchemilla Mollis seedlings along the back of the raised bed and having some nice gaps for a few more ferns -as and when- as well as something else, possibly medium sized shrubby that could sit nicely in a North facing corner (any suggestions?)
Afterwards, I sorted another compost bin, adding three bags of horse manure to it and giving it a damn good stir. I can't wait to see this mature in the spring. I get so excited about poo
Hubby came out to join me and together we finished laying the step he built me the other day, adding border edging and generally sweeping up the debris. I know its not as luxurious as some gardens, we've used basic materials hanging around the garden, but it looks great and its a proper working step, honest
I have a small pile of household rubbish that I need to tip when I can arrange transport which would open up another six by ten foot space in my existing veg plot either for another bed next year or perhaps some planting, since the area is rather barren.
I haven't planted down this end for many many years after some beloved shrubs got smothered by weeds that I just couldn't control. My lovely Juniperus died and In the end we double dug the entire area and put in retaining walls to level it properly before thinking about the fuzzy stuff of planting.
After lunch, I trimmed my variegated Cedar into something close to topiary. It's quite easy really just so long as you keep checking how much green you can chop into without leaving horrible brown patches. I'm gaining confidence in Topiary, although I certainly need more practice, the shape resembling something more pokemon than stately.