Skeletons in the Garden Cupboard

The recent wind and rain have seen off most of the deciduous leaves in the garden, and it is always a shock to see the skeletal framework again and fascinating to get a glimpse of the bustles, hoops and cages of our trees’ crinolines after about 9 months of garden greenery (although I have earlier memories of trees being leafless between September and May). There are a sprinkling of leaves still hanging on here and there, but I suspect that my Big Sweep on Sunday may be the last major effort required this year. I picked a thick layer of leaves from the stream too, which was still flowing merrily underneath – I have only had to top it up a couple of times since I renovated the one bank, so I am reasonably optimistic about its success this time round. It is such a pleasure having it running again and the birds love it too; the turf seems to have taken well and should look good until it the Spring when it will need cutting for the first time, which is a different story altogether.

To all those offended (or otherwise taken aback) by my inadvertent reference yesterday to an apparent decadent life of leisure I promise to try and avoid any reference whatsoever to the joys of retirement from paid employment, even though a day does not pass when I don’t express gratitude for the opportunity nor for the other joys in my life 🙂

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4 Responses to Skeletons in the Garden Cupboard

  1. croftgarden says:

    Please don’t take me seriously, It wasn’t even a mild rebuke

    • Cathy says:

      As if! I also had my tongue in my cheek as I responded, but I was aware when I wrote yesterday’s post that I normally avoid irrelevant personal information and on that occasion had failed, so a very mild rebuke may actually have been justified!

  2. paulinemulligan says:

    I do like the four distinct seasons that we have in this country and this time of year, with just the skeletons is just as beautiful as the rest of the year, just different. With everything else cleared out of the way, it makes a lovely clear backdrop for the tiny winter flowering bulbs that are brave enough to show their faces in the worst of our winter weather.

    • Cathy says:

      I completely agree with you Pauline – I don’t know whether the abrupt nakedness was peculiar to this year’s weather conditions or not. As we have both said, our blogs have made us far more aware of everyday changes.

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