I have fallen in love with my garden all over again..
This love affair of mine I am ashamed to say is rather fickle. These starry- eyed, rose -tinted feelings for my humble little patch..start about now..and last till the dying embers of autumn when the colours gradually drain from the garden and I turn my back on gardening pursuits for another few months.
Yesterday afternoon I donned my scruffy old gardening gear and reluctantly stepped outside to do battle once again with the persistent weeds..the bindweed in particular as it has started it's relentless strangle on the borders and if left to rampage it will smother everything worthwhile.
It did not take me long to warm, in more ways than one .. to my task and I had a really satisfying two hours digging up weeds, planting my new Potentilla plants ..Monarch's Velvet. .and my bargain basement Clematis.. £1.79 from out nearest Morrisons supermarket! I chose the large hybrid group this time as I normally favour the Montana's and Viticellas..so I bought a Ernest Markham and Hagley Hybrid.. At that incredibly cheap price it will not be heartbreaking if they do not flourish.. though having said that.. I hate to lose any plant in the garden and like dear 'Charlie' .. I talk to my plants ( sometimes in threatening tones) to encourage them to grow.
Even the wild garlic at the end of our garden looked lush and attractive. I had a delicious bowl of soup made from the leaves of this plant the other day.. certainly keeps the devil away!
This morning I couldn't wait to get out there again and see if anything had grown in the night.. yes I can be totally obsessive about my precious garden..
I sat on the bench in the welcoming sun eating my bowl of porridge and listening to an irate wren who I thought was not too happy to see me.. until I realised that my gardening assistant had arrived..hence the twittering bird.
This garden assistant is very good at digging and leaving his own fertiliser.... not something I welcome!
It was a lovely start to the day to sit in the sun and soak up the atmosphere of a real Spring morning. Not wishing to fast forward my life... I can't wait for the month of May when the garden is at it's best..just you wait and see.
Thursday, 27 March 2008
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