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A semi-mature, hardy individual who tries to get away with doing as little as possible in gardening as in life, still expects the best results & wonders why she is frequently disappointed! She likes to keep a photographic record of everything, good & frequently bad!

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

What’s occurring?

At last the weather has brightened a little so yesterday I was able to get out into the garden & do a bit of overdue tidying.

The Patient Gardener has been bemoaning the fact that things have just been too miserable to get out & do much constructive & even I was beginning to feel a bit frustrated at not being able to do anything much! At last I got round to sweeping the front path of leaves so I didn’t get sued by the milkman when he slips with his semi-skimmed. I had actually given him a teeny little walkway through the middle of the leaves but there is no point sweeping until they have all come off the tree now is there. I did a few more bits of sweeping & trimming & then this morning I had a little wander round to see what had been happening in my absence on the other side of the glass.

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The camellias have got huge buds on them, a hellebore is flowering its socks off, primulas are starting to flower but all blooms are being nibbled by slugs & snails which must be on cloud nine with this wet & relatively mild weather, the viburnum tinus is starting to flower as is the Fargesia nitida.

Garden 9 December 2009 016 Mine began flowering last year so I kept cutting out the flowering shoots & fed it up & we survived one more season so I will try the same this time & just hope we can pull through the crisis. The sparrows & starlings have virtually eaten all the seeds from the cordyline. I was glad to add something new to the menu here: I mean the birds only have sunflower hearts, niger seeds, fat balls, peanuts & mealworms.

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It is cheering to see the seed heads of the Iris foetidissima glowing in my woodland (1 silver birch!). Should I scrub its bark for the best winter show – probably not! Bulbs are beginning to peak through in various parts of the garden: the iris reticulata are poking through the gravel in my (fairly) newly planted sink which I did after seeing some lovely examples at the Wisley Flower Show. The obvious gap is a hosta just in case you were wondering.

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As for Christmas which is apparently looming, well the tree has been bought & will sit in a bucket outside until the weekend before the big day. The cake has been made. Victoria made me feel quite inadequate.

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I have bought a few presents, including a few for myself, but that is it! It is only Christmas after all……….

10 comments:

  1. Ooooh love the stone trough Ms B and that cake looks rather good too...

    RO :o)

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  2. I'm glad it looks like a stone trough RO; it is an old butler sink covered with hypertufa. And I am quite pleased with the cake!!

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  3. How crafty (you certainly had me fooled)! They both look fab ;o)

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  4. We meet again, Ms B... (said in James Bond villain style)

    I like your woodland garden, the white of the birch really stands out against the fence.

    The hypertufa trough looks delicious, and the cake is beautiful. Er...strike that. Reverse it.

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  5. How come you didn't bring me a piece of that lovely cake today you Lazy Trollop!

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  6. I'm doing rather better on the presents to me front instead of the presents to others :o

    What a fab looking cake - post more pictures like that on here and I suspect you could set up in business ready to exploit all your suddenly ravenous readers :)

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  7. Rob, I think you may possibly have lost the plot there!
    Arabella,much as you are special,not that special.
    VP, setting up in business implies a certain amount of organisational ability...............

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  8. ...and not being a lazy trollop! ;)

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  9. VP, it's almost as if you know me - uncanny :)

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