You name it I am catching up with it, even at work, and this is one of the reasons I am behind at home because of the amount of overtime I am doing after work and some weekends, preparing for our firm’s year-end – if we exceed targets we get a bonus – simple as that – I would be happy though with just getting some sleep!
Last Thursday I had a day in the garden – catching up on the weeding – it was heaven to be outside in the warm sunshine. Apologies for the poor quality of photo my battery was about to go!
Everything in the sunny bed is suddenly growing at a rate of knots and will soon be in full bloom. I have peonies with nice fat buds and even the two most recent additions look like they have a swelling flower bud. They have not flowered since I bought them two years ago – a bit temperamental – I am not even sure what colour they are.
I spent quite a bit of time in the shady bed at the other side of the garden – here the soil is poor despite the amount of compost we dig in the subsoil is not far from the surface. The fence between ourselves and the neighbour’s garden is a bit of a problem as last year our new neighbour decided to remove every last shrub and flower from his garden in favour of all grass.
The fence was a run of 6 foot high sturdy trellis panels and the planting here was once one of my favourite spots. The shrubs planted on both sides of the trellis intertwined and mingled together and formed a good screen whilst allowing the wind coming down off the moors to blow through.
On our side we have a Cotoneaster horizontalis and Hydrangea Peteriolis climbing the trellis – whilst on my neighbours side there was a beautiful variegated Kalmia and various other shrubs that spilled through to our side. However, not only did he dig out all his shrubs but he chopped off all our climbers growing through to his side – result – our climbing plants died back almost to the ground. As you can see they have now started regrowing but at the moment our privacy has gone. Then our neighbour filled in the trellis with additional slats and then highered the whole fence – result – a bit of a mess, although I suspect it looks better from his side.
I have been trying to stop the climbers growing through the fence and getting the chop once again this has been a tricky operation as climbers like to climb and twine themselves in and out of the trellis. Then I had the idea of stretching some windbreak fabric across the bottom half of the fence to protect the climbers low down and we will add wires at the top to encourage the climbers to stay on our side. We also bought a free standing Gazebo to match the one on the sunny side of the garden and we will grow Honeysuckle on this to fill in the space in the middle of the bed and make the garden private once more.
Hopefully by the end of the summer we might have some good growth.