Saturday, 6 April 2019


Ive not been online much lately, It's actually been rather nice, concerning myself with the world in front of me rather than the world on screen, however I've missed keeping in touch with a few people.

In the last month or so the work I have completed in the garden has started to pay off, bulbs have emerged, come into flower and the hedges are starting to come back into life with leaves and blossom bursting from swollen buds.

Benches painted, sheds stained, corners tidied and junk sorted, things are looking pretty good at home, though I am a little behind with sowing seeds, but things will catch up eventually, in any case there are still sharp frosts some mornings, and much of what i would be sowing would be tender and suffer through the cold nights.

Friday, 1 March 2019

Log out, Dig in!

So on Wednesday evening I logged out of all my social media accounts, which is not something I have done in a while. The decision has been something I have been toying with a while, a few weeks ago I switched my phone off for a few days which while I was concerned that I would feel disconnected, in the even, I actually benefitted from.

Of late Ive had a bad bout of flu and as a result, it has aggravated the condition of ME that I have had for the last decade or more (Im largely recovered I must add). With experiencing many of the symptoms it has been difficult to function at my usual energetic level, and frustratingly my mental health has suffered somewhat. In a bid to strip life down to a level where stresses, noise and distractions from resting are at a minimum, I took the decision to log out of online land in the main for a while. A day or so in I am starting to feel a little more lively, an out of sight out of mind approach has allowed me to not feel that I am not keeping up, notifications are not popping up on my phone, so I am able to concentrate for a few days in getting back up to speed.

Presently I am inclined to stay logged off a few days longer, to spend time pottering around the garden and engaging with family and nearby friends in person. My taking of photos isn't something that I will stop doing, so it's likely that my accounts will be filled furiously when I log back in, especially as with spring making its way into the garden, and there being lots of flowers coming into bloom.

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Garden Club season

The village I live in has a thriving Garden Club, which bases its meetings on talks, demonstrations and the occasional garden visit.

The first meeting of the year was last night and comprised of a few notices and a talk and plant sale by Wootens, one of my favourite nurseries in Suffolk. the talk focused on Pelargoniums, and there was much mention of the scented varieties that I am rather partial, I of course bought a couple after the talk, I couldn't resist!

Im looking forward to the next talks in coming months as well

That little photographed corner

We all have them, they are often behind a hedge, a shed or screen of some sort, and we don't take photos of them, as they are not usually very pretty, but somehow a necessity of having a garden. Storing materials, left over bits and bobs, sometimes tools, often a compost bin and probably a wheelie bin, its the shameful bit behind the shed.

This week I took a day off work and set about addressing this unsightly mess. Piles of slabs were taken out and laid on the ground a s a hard standing surface. Other items were tidied and organised, its good to know what you have and to be able to access it, rather than suspect that its somewhere under 'the pile'. With things tidied, there is a small pile of bits to take to be recycled, then there will be plenty of room to start collecting even more junk!

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Greenhouse Tidy

With moving house and filling sheds and such as I moved my garden bits and bobs, the greenhouse became a bit of a dumping ground for plants and pots and bits and pieces, like gravel and grit, labels, pots and all the clutter that we like to hide away from the camera when taking photos for Instagram to show how beautiful our gardens are!

Today I made a step towards getting the greenhouse operational again, just ahead of mass seed sowing, all the rubbish is now binned, dead plants composted and everything else ordered and condensed onto shelves rather than laying over the floor, I can now stand inside the greenhouse for the first time in a few months, which seems rather novel!

Sempervivum repot

For more years thanI remember I have collected Sempervivum, my collection has gone from a few unknown varieties to neatly labeled varieties that at one point numbered around 90. Over the years i have increased my care of the plants to grow the collection and ensure that it survives the wet of winter, however last year it all went a bit wrong.

With no longer living in my house, where my collection was based, the plants were not taken in for winter as I have done for a few years, a number rotted off. With not being about for the long hot summer, a number dried out and died. That and with labels being prone to sun fade and then getting knocked and moved during a move the collection became somewhat diminished.

With having already made a back up of part of the collection at another two locations, I have managed to get around 1/3 of my collection back up and running, Today the plants were repotted and found their new home in the greenhouse, where they will reside now for a while.

The aim this year is to go back to my parents, where I have stashed a few more varieties, and take a few cuttings, and also to go back to places where I have bought varieties and re buy them to build the collection backup. Importantly the learning is that when making back ups that it is done on a regular basis, if I had done this more regularly, I believe that i would still have my entire collection. Hey hum, I like collecting, so I can enjoy getting back to where i was and then building up the collection further!

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Holly Tree

There was a small holly tree in the garden by the flint wall when we first took on the garden around 10 years back. We liked it and the tree has grown considerably, it now covers the end of the wood store and has only had a couple of small prunes to keep it from growing onto a track.

With the tree now having gotten rather high, it was time for a hard prune, to get a bit of shape back. The top was lopped out, and the sides cut back to where we want it to fill out to. Low branches that were growing along the ground were removed and tangled growth was also pruned out. The tree looks rather sparse now, but its hoped that in a couple of years it will grow back a bit thicker and do a better job of hiding the end of the wood store.