Helen's Garden Renovation Project

Friday 3 July 2009

The end of my gardening holiday

Filed under: Uncategorized — Helen @ 3:58 pm

I have now come to the end of my summer holiday-at-home and what a week it has been. I have spent an average of about two and a half hours in the garden every day and it has been glorious. My arms are a tasteful brown colour and I have no sunburn, which is just as well, because otherwise when I returned to work (the Health Promotion Resource Library) next week, I would have to give myself a leaflet.

As previously announced, the willowherb wins the Annual Willowherb Elimination Stakes trophy for the thirteenth successive year. However, I would like to draw your attention to the following:

Pots stacked tidily in side alley by sheds instead of being randomly scattered throughout the garden

Pots stacked tidily in side alley by sheds instead of being randomly scattered throughout the garden

Also note the very tidily arranged Portable Herbaceous Border on a neatly swept patio.

Portable Herbaceous Border after weeding and tidying

Portable Herbaceous Border after weeding and tidying

And finally a view of the end of the garden. All right, so it would be greatly improved if I moved the compost bins and the bags of organic compost, but at least there are some pretty plants there enjoying the sunshine. The red flowers are from the Very Badly Taken Pelargonium Cuttings, which are mostly still in their pots because I don’t know where to plant them.

Flowers and compost bins

Flowers and compost bins

I said I wasn’t going to prune the apple trees, and I didn’t, but I think I really need to. This one is Charles Ross, and he is not in great shape. I shall have to find out when and how to do it. The green stuff underneath is marjoram. I was going to trim that back, and I did – a bit. You can see the hellebore at the bottom left of the picture. Before I trimmed back some of the marjoram, you wouldn’t have been able to.

Charles Ross, an apple tree in need of pruning

Charles Ross, an apple tree in need of pruning

So that’s my holiday over, and the Gardening Renovation Project will now return to normal. Over the next two months I will be continuing to fight the willowherb and other weeds. I will finish filling in the old pond, and move the compost bins to their final destinations. Then I will get the plan out and work out exactly where the new lawn and pond are going to go, so I can find out how much path I need to take up.

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