Posted: 07/08/2014 at 08:03
Good morning all, a little cloudy so the welcome rain we had recently will be better able to slake the thirst of my garden.
Hi Bill, in particular, I know exactly how you feel , having been there myself this year. I have a garden which is quite large and maintenance heavy. Some of my beds are getting away from me and the longer I stood staring at them the worse they got. My solution is a bit radical in that I have dug out 3 of them completely. One I have turned into a terrace ( my name for a posh patio!) . It was getting more weedy as the flowers were losing their flower power. 2 other beds I will now replant with a new colour scheme. I lacked the necessary motivation to spend hours on my knees trying to clear out the rubbish only to be left with old flowers that probably had had their day. Faced with a new "clean sheet" I am up and at it again, enjoying myself. And I enjoy a day's digging. Very satisfying as you can see the benefit. Then the trip to the GC to choose some new babies.. I did have some help with some of this, I admit but I have done much of it myself. The end result is a newly motivated and happy gardener with some beds which will be easier to look after from here on.... I hope!
Also as I now don't grow lilies any longer I don't see any beetles. Not difficult as they don't do that well for me anyway.