What if the sun never went down and burnt everything to a crisp!?
What if the winds picked up and ripped through our gardens and destroyed everything!?
What if all the bees died!? Then what!?
Oh and what if the slugs ate all of my new Dahlias!? Disaster!
There are the occasional moments when I have a little wobble about the world we live in, about my family, friends and of course our garden.
Last Friday that I said goodbye to my eldest son, before he went away with his girlfriend to Morocco. They are only going for a week for goodness sake! The way I’m behaving you’d think they were never coming back!
To upset me further, on the Saturday, Tom woke, complaining of feeling sick, then put himself back to bed. Poor thing, he’s hardly ever ill, and has a huge list of jobs to be getting on with in the garden.. ( when hasn’t he!) THATS it! My head then went into a spin. What if he became quite poorly, and remained in bed for a month!? What if I caught it and we were both ill!! Then what? I know that sounds over the top, but there are times when we have those uncomfortable discussions about the ‘what ifs’… I hope it’s not just me?
Maybe I worry too much?
And then I turn my phone on..
I can not tell you how much this text means to me..
He’s there.. Phew! And safe.. Relief.. Oh how I love my boys.
Outside, the rains have cleared, and the skies are looking promising. It’s so welcoming to see the rain, and watch the garden feast on a good drenching after the long dry spell.
I think I’ll get the sheers out and do some box clipping, might clear my head at the same time!
I always start with the partaire nearest the house, mainly because I see it every day and it’s the easiest one to do.
I start by clipping the top of it all and getting a levelled look, I do all of this by eye and hope it works. Maybe being a hairdresser helps? Next I clip the outer sides, then I do the internal quarters and finally the centre pyramid. I then look over the whole lot, double checking for any strays.
Half way through I had a little visitor! Glad I’d put my sheers down when he appeared..
Time for a break, mainly to stretch out my back and to check on Tom! Thankfully the sleep did him some good.
After our cup of tea, Tom felt up to doing some mowing while I tidied up all the clippings.
On Sunday we had some help from Andrew for a few hours, I can’t tell you how much it motivates us when he comes, he’s been such a blessing, and we are very grateful that he gives his time for free. Luckily the weather was dry and very sunny, Tom and Andrew set about weeding the south border inside the walled garden. After lunch, Tom sowed some green manure.
We intend to continue applying this method, as it cuts down the weeding and nourishing the soil at the same time. Depending on time and money we hope to landscape this area of the garden in the next two years. In the meantime we will be doing some homework and lots of dreaming and planning… So watch this space!
Hey! Check out these 9 Dahlias!! Annoyingly two were knocked back by slugs, (not shown in the picture below) thankfully with some close monitoring they are coming along,
I have scribbled out where they are going to be planted in the new bed that Tom uncovered and rotivated last month.
This may not make any sense to you, but it helps me a lot! After weeding the bed, I set about placing the pots, then filled in the gaps with other plants that I’ve split, or that have seeded about in my garden. I’ve also been given plants from my Mother-in-laws and friends gardens.
Because it’s a long narrow space, I’ve mirrored some plants from the opposite bed, to give continuity and take the eye forward. In the middle and back Tom fancied trying out more of a drifted look, using the Dahlias, Salvias and Asters. Should be interesting! It won’t look much this year, but hopefully next year it will.. (Fingers crossed!)
As our day was drawing to a close I noticed that our Magnolia Grandiflora had opened one of its magnificent flowers!
It almost looks fake it’s so perfect..
Something else that is about to open its flowers, that has never flowered before is our Phormium Tenax, very exciting!
Here are some more of the roses that have been flowering their socks of..
Rose ‘Winchester Cathedral’
Rose ‘Lady Emma Hammilton’
Remember in my last post we sowed the meadow seeds..?
Look at that…
Isn’t it exciting what a difference a packet of seeds, rain and six weeks can do! Typical me here, had it in my head, thinking..
What if we didn’t buy enough seeds?
What if they didn’t germinate?
Ermm… What if I stopped worrying?
Yesterday Luke finished in junior school! End of an era..
Tomorrow John finishes his first year of seniors, and two more days George will be flying home from Morocco.
All my boys home.
..we all went out for a lovely meal over the weekend?..
I hope your week has gone well, can’t believe where the time has gone! Have a wonderful weekend.