Monday 2 July 2012

Yesterday in the garden

Great day in the garden yesterday. The weather looked threatening but it held off. I had one of those days where I feel like I achieved loads, and just wanted to go on and on ...

The grass was so long in the front garden as it hadn't been done for a couple of weeks, but at least most of the dandelions have gone now - thank you Verdone !!

Front garden is tiny but it took me ages to do. Probably due to me chatting to the neighbours.

Out in the back garden, the pond is looking rather clear right now. That UV bulb really does work. Waterfall running slow though so it looks like the pump is blocked again. That's a job for the other half - too smelly and wet for me, and its funny hearing him shreak when a frog jumps near him :-) The gravel around the pond is looking a bit green right now.  I'm a bit of a neat freak and want it to look like new.  So if any readers know of a way of easily getting rid of it, I would be very grateful to know.

The Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace' is looking rather beautiful right now. Abundance of flowers on it - never had so many.

It's getting a bit big now and needs a chop, but now is not the time, it's way too pretty.  I just love the foliage and flowers on this plant.  Thankfully its quite happy to have a good pruning so I think this year it will be going almost down to ground level.  I've another one that hasn't been maintained so well and that one is getting rather woody in the centre.  It also doesn't flower very well. 

Elsewhere in the garden, the lavendar is just starting to come into flower.  I need more of these in the garden, but encouraging bees into the garden isn't a good thing as far as OH is concerned - bees make him shreak as well as frogs !!

The Ceanothos is also flowering profically.   That sits next to the Prunus laurocerasus 'Marbled White' which is also looking rather stunning right now.  I love the foliage on this plant - it may be just a common Prunus but its very different and looks good all year round.  Again, its another plant that withstands a good chopping and it can be cut to whatever height you want.

The lawn isn't looking particularly good though.  All the weeds have gone now (againk, thank you Mr Verdone !), but there's lots of bare patches.  Not going to do anything now, but a good reseed on the bare patches is going to be necessary come September time.  Maybe I should do what Mr Titchmarsh did on 'Love your Garden' earlier in the week, and replace it with artificial grass.  I love the smell of freshly cut grass so this has never been an option for me, but I have to say it did look good on the telly.  Would it look so good in real life?  Who know?  Probably down to the quality of the artificial turf I guess.

Anyway, thats it for another week.  Back to the hard slog of work, and maintaining Debby's Garden Links on an evening.

Until next week dear garden, I'm sure I'll find much more to do then.


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