Slowly but surely the weeds in the bog garden have gradually been pulled out. I’ve been so busy weeding in the garden that time for blogging has had to take a back seat. These days I can only manage short bursts of weeding at any one time, but usually manage 3 or 4 sessions each day and its surprising how quickly a border changes completely when the plants aren’t competing for space with all the weeds.
I’m awake at 5am, the birds are singing and for a long time now the sun has been shining, so I get myself a mug of tea, then I’m out in the garden joining the birds. My first session of weeding is done before breakfast. The second before morning coffee, the third before lunch and then depending on how the old body is feeling, I try to get another session done in the afternoon.
I have lost a few primulas over the winter, Primula Inverewe and Primula aurantiaca, so I will have to replace them as they were so beautiful. I also lost my beautiful big plant of Zantedeschia which had the most magnificent flowers each year, it obviously didn’t like all our frost and freezing temperatures over the winter. I’m very cross with myself as there were so many ferns growing next to it, I could so easily have cut a mound of fronds to place over it for protection over the winter. We learn by our mistakes!
Now we come to the pond area. This was looking absolutely dreadful as I haven’t been in there this year and I’m sure I didn’t go in there last year either. Brambles had taken over, there were ash tree seedlings, nature is very quick to reclaim any areas that aren’t gardened regularly. Neil, my gardener was sent in to battle with the brambles this morning and he has done a wonderful job, I can actually see the bench once more and the gravel beach to the pond.
It will actually take him another couple of sessions, once round the edge of the pond and once in the pond, (I haven’t told him this yet!) to complete it all, but already it is looking so much better.
Our long hot spell has come to an end, thank goodness, it has been too hot to garden in the sun, that is why all my shady borders always look far better than my sunny ones! At the moment it is pouring down, with thunder and lightning every few minutes. I have quite a lot of plants to get into the ground, so it needed to soften up, it had become very hard.
I have got a lot of satisfaction from all my weeding, my favourite tool is a little one called a daisy grubber, which is ideal for winkling weeds out from between precious plants. Do you have a favourite gardening tool?