The sun came out, so yesterday I was digging over what will be the new meconopsis bed. I have mentioned in the past that 2 cotoneaster shrubs had died and left a large gap in the border in the back garden. I was digging out more ivy and brambles, then I decided to have a change and started to clear away all the soil and leaves round the stump of one of the dead shrubs, hoping to reveal the roots so that I could start attacking it. I was using the big garden fork to do this when all of a sudden, there was a spherical ball of decaying grass at my feet.
When I picked it up, the grass almost fell apart and there he/she was, sleeping soundly.
The bundle was quickly handed over to the undergardener while I ran and got the camera.
We quickly put the grass back around him/her and I placed the ball back under another shrub, near the trunk, where I won’t be digging, and covered it with lots of leaf litter. Sleep on, little Dormouse, carry on hibernating, I really hope I didn’t disturb you. It’s wonderful to know that they are still with us, giving our garden their seal of approval, despite all the building work which took place next door over the last couple of years.