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Corona Respite on a Lovely Spring Day

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Today started with a clear blue sky and, praise the Lord, no wind! So I went out for a long walk through the fields behind our house with the dogs. They loved it. We saw two fully grown Deer that leapt out of the burn right in front of our eyes, and we were joined by a big bumble bee for part of the journey. Bliss! The dogs were thrilled about the rabbit droppings and considered it an open buffet …(yuck!)

On returning home I set about cutting back a few things and doing a bit of pottering and then when I couldn’t put it off any longer, I set about finishing the clearing up of debris, weeding and forking over of the Golden border. And hurray, its now finished and ready for the new growing season.

I’ve done a lot of work on this border over the last weeks since the New Year. I’ve dug up and split perennials, moved plants that weren’t happy to new spots, resited my birdbath over a big submerged tree-stump, taken out an overgrown shrub, planted two new trees, some new blue-flowering clematis and other blue-flowering perennials, and just generally cleaned the area of weeds and debris. As usual the worst of the weeds were the cleaver seedlings and the willowherb. Today I finished off by feeding the whole area with my trusty seaweed liquid fertiliser and growth stimulator, so as to encourage the Heucheras to get growing again. It was Vicky at Plantagogo who advised me to do this every March just as they begin to grow again after the winter.

We had some discussion about Heavenly Bamboo – Nandina recently. I was saying that I couldn’t keep them and I have tried several times with them in pots. This year I overwintered mine in the greenhouse because I thought it was the cold that was killing them. They didn’t do much better in there. But today I realised that they were bone dry and pot bound. So I’m experimenting by planting them in the raised borders where they will be better watered and we’ll see if they survive up there.

I wasn’t finished outside until about 4pm, so that’s another full day of physical activity for me. Gym? Who needs it? And do you know what, the respite from the media was bliss. I didn’t worry about Covid 19 at all, the whole time I was out there. In fact, I didn’t worry about anything at all. And that’s why Gardening is such a brilliant activity for anyone with a tendency toward anxious thoughts. :)

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Lovely garden Karen . So tidy and with the rocks, pond and conifers it's perfect for me. Yes gardening does help anxiety and stress and gardening always gets me through it. Had a clear out myself also . Your garden is tidiest ever seen - Happy birthday for tomorrow too !

19 Mar, 2020

 

Thank you Paul. I do like to keep it as tidy as I can, and it keeps me active. I have to battle with weeds which are always trying to invade from the fields. Farmers aren't allowed to spray weeds now, so the field edges are always trying to get in to my garden!

19 Mar, 2020

 

looking really good Karen. Like you the garden is my gym and my mental health balancer. I have the same weeds as well as garlic mustard and a creeping speedwell in most of the front garden borders. they are easy to get out and you can see the impact immediately.
just 2 borders have the nasty weeds one the couch grass the other the bindweed. It looks as if it is going to be a nice day again today. Might have a motor bike ride with OH as its his birthday.

20 Mar, 2020

 

Yes we are all going to happily do all those weeding type jobs we normally put off - far better than any gym!

I'm not sure I needed the dogs buffet bit - thank goodness we have cats !!! Ha-ha!!

Beautiful photos.

Have a lovely day!

20 Mar, 2020

 

My thoughts exactly Karen ! There is nothing like getting out in the garden to clear your mind, although after reading your blog I am just exhausted now after all the work you have done in a day!
Everywhere looks lovely and I didn't know about feeding borders with seaweed liquid. I usually keep it for my pots. So..that is what I am going to do now !

20 Mar, 2020

 

Lovely glimpses of your garden and it is beautifully looked after as always.

Mild, sunny weather is forecast at last. I hope that is for everybody. ☀️😊

20 Mar, 2020

 

Karen - you’ve motivated me to go out in the garden and forget about all the stresses & strains of everyday life. In particular what is going on with Covid 19.

20 Mar, 2020

 

Meant to say your garden looks lovely!!

20 Mar, 2020

 

When we had our two newfoundlands the eldest one, poppy, who sadly passed last year loved a nice portion of sheep dung, Lily who we still have would try sample anything that was on the ground, its when they try to lick you after the feast which turns the stomach urgh. Your garden is looking lovely, being where you are do you not get any problems with wildlife such as deer wanting to have a munch on your best plants.
Think our weather down in the south west is looking nice from Monday, debating whether to have a little trip to rhs rosemoor as it is quite near and is still open, make use of my rhs membership and hopefully pick up a few ides

20 Mar, 2020

 

SBG..your OH and I share the same Birthday! :)

Sunnydais...it's a lot worse in a cow field!

Thanks Rose and Chris

Amsterdam...that's great! Enjoy your gardening :)

Thanks Davey. No sign of any Deer or Rabbit damage here in our 7 years of living here...so fingers crossed! Last year we were just packing up to go on holiday when I opened the back door and bounding across the field, not 20 yards from the garden was one of those Deer. But it didn't come in to the garden thank goodness. I wonder if the smell of the dogs keeps them away. Molly's favourite of all is Cow Dung. She will try anything to get a belly full of that. :Z

20 Mar, 2020

 

Lovely blog, Karen. You’ve been very busy indeed. Looks really tidy and organised too. The pond and it’s surroundings look attractive, the pic with the hellebores is very fetching.

21 Mar, 2020

 

Thanks Kate. I haven't been out much today...its brrr! I managed a doggy walk this morning but when I got home my cheeks were like ice!

21 Mar, 2020

 

I have to agree, it was pretty cold out of the sun..then as the afternoon arrived, the air had an icy chill to it.

21 Mar, 2020

 

Dogs have some disgusting habits don’t they?I am glad you managed some stress free gardening.......we all need that at the moment...
The golden border looks particularly good....I can never manage spaces in our borders....not after twenty years...there will always be some scruffy plant coming up somewhere..or everywhere....
Looking forward to the splashes of blue you will be adding to the garden this year......hopefully you will be pleased with the effect....

28 Mar, 2020

 

Thanks Kate and Angela! Yes, I’m looking forward to the blue flowers too. Thank you! :)

28 Mar, 2020

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