Even though I am no longer in paid employment, I still like to take advantage of a Bank Holiday, but I lose track of the days.
It’s all go here though: I’ve planted my potatoes this morning (separate post on it’s way) and my husband is currently painting the wooden arch in the front garden ready for some restoration work, which I won’t bore you with today.
Moving swiftly on, here are this week’s Six on Saturday from sunny and warm North Wales, where the roads to the coast are no doubt crowded and everyone else is queuing to get to the top of Snowdon, and where all our heritage steam trains are in danger of running out of coal. Just another holiday weekend!
Clematis montana (pink) has been poised to flower for weeks.
I should have known better than to trust the weather forecast – “mainly sunny with some showers later”. Mr O: ‘It wasn’t raining when I put the washing out‘. It isn’t raining as I write this at 10 am – it is rain and sleet mixed with hailstones! Never mind – onwards and upwards with this week’s Six on Saturday hosted by The Propagator.
Narcissi ‘Minnow’ in the front border (the indoor ones don’t even have buds yet so I’ve put them outside where it’s cooler).
After a night of mixed weather (cold, hail, frost), the sun may be out but the wind is cold. Not a day to potter outside, so I’ll be getting on with my end-of-module writing and dipping in and out of other Sixes on Saturday for a bit of light relief.
I finally moved the pots of Pickwick crocus, anemone Blanda Bleu and muscari to a lighter and brighter area of the patio, and the extra light has already made a difference. After a week, the crocus are coming to an end, the anemones are flowering, and the muscari have emerged.
A panoramic view of my drive (featured image) showing the Lavender Border on the left, and the sedum bed along the front of the house to the right. Further to the right, just out of shot (I didn’t turn fast enough for the camera) is the front border. For any who think I have acres more land than I show on this blog, I don’t!
I’ve given the grasses a lockdown trim and removed most of the iris foliage and dead Japanese anemone stems since I took this photograph. I just need to dig out as many anemone roots as I can, remove more iris, plant more fuchsia…
With Autumn officially here (22nd), my garden is preparing for hibernation. (So am I.)
With the exception of some general tidying and collecting of leaves, my gardening will mainly take place in the relative warmth of the Potting Shed and/or the Tiny Greenhouse (already the subject of their own, separate, posts) as I attempt to grow a succession of salad crops over the autumn and winter months and to start off sweet peas ready for next Summer.
And I embark on a new, non-garden related project in October as I begin a two-year Masters Degree in Creative Writing.
So this will be the final Monthly Roundup of 2020.