Sitting on a Pile of Bricks

CIMG2084For those people out there who feel I should be putting my feet up for a while and not contemplating another project quite yet let me reassure you that the leftover bricks (all 126 of them, plus 8 halves and 10 engineering bricks) have all been stacked up in a temporary location between the greenhouse and the fruit cage where they will stay for an unidentified period of time – I like to think out of the box for my projects so I shall be sitting on the pile for some time. Coincidentally we are going up to my Mum’s for a few days so I shall be metaphorically putting my feet up anyway, although long car journeys are ideal for dreaming up new projects….

With the prospect of abandoning the garden for a few days I have spent a few hours this afternoon tying up some of its loose ends – piling up excess bricks, bagging up spent mortar and planting up my car boot purchases from last weekend and newer purchases resulting from a Bank Holiday discount on already discounted prices at our local garden centre. Let’s CIMG2078hope they are not shrivelled up after the predicted warm and sunny weather this area is expecting while we were away. Whilst planting, I have been formulating more basic maintenance jobs to do when we get back, including removing the lysimachia which is beginning to outstay its welcome in the right hand hot border – and I am sure I didn’t plant any in the left side….

Making a more useful contribution here are the crocosmia, with C. Constance finally flowering and showing off its orange red flowers which are so much bigger than ‘Canary Bird’ and ‘Lucifer’, and the geum  which are doing their best to produce a second flush but appear to be camera shy today. The dahlia still progress slowly and I won’t expect to see any flowers on our return – but they are a new experience for me and still a learning curve.

crocosmiaI wonder what surprises the garden will have in store when I have my next ramble in a few days …..

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12 Responses to Sitting on a Pile of Bricks

  1. Pauline says:

    Have a lovely break!

  2. I hope you have a lovely trip to your Mum’s and think of things you can do with your remaining bricks. I miss my garden when I’m gone too, but it is always here waiting for my return. Blessings, Natalie

  3. Liz says:

    Hi Cathy,

    Have a nice break! Oh how I’d love to get away for a bit…

    Warm and dry forecast, doesn’t seem to have materialised. At least not here. It’s just grey. At least the day of rain never arrived either. Think I’d rather have a day of rain and two lovely days instead of three grey days with splattering of sun occasionally 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Oh Liz, you sounded really down when you wrote this comment…. Hope a bank holiday weekend will help (or will you still be working?). Although it had been a warm week at home it was quite overcast and I was really glad of the decent rain on Friday night. Take care..

      • Liz says:

        Hi Cathy,

        Not down, at least I didn’t think so?? Ha ha. It did clear up nicely today so I had a good day outside cutting the hedge and then laying on the grass. I guess I was just a bit frustrated because I’ve been avoiding going outside as last time I did I got bitten a few times.

        I think in my next garden I’ll try a bit of ‘lucifer’ or one of the bronze-leafed Crocosmia. So far I’ve never bought any as this garden already had a few clumps around. I’ve mostly left it alone as it’s been handy to fill spots as I worked on other areas.

        Just as I was about to make a witty comment about sitting on the bricks and I notice Anna has done the same! 😀

        • Cathy says:

          I was hoping Elder Daughter would have been able to quickly sketch me sitting on some bricks and scan and send it to me so Icould dd it to the post, but it was a big ask at such short notice…;) I don’t know, you take all those lovely photos of the wildlife in your garden and then they go and bite you – ungrateful critters! Bronze leaved crocosmia sound lovely, must look out for them. Glad you felt less frustrated yesterday

  4. Annette says:

    That lysimachia is such a wanderer but a thankfull one at that. Your crocosmias look beautiful especially the red one, I always feel they ought to be red instead of yellow which is odd, really. Have a nice time with your mum 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Annette. Canary Bird is the first yellow one I have had and I like it a lot. Not sure about the lysimachia yet – may just cull it a bit.

  5. Anna says:

    I hope that you are not really sitting on that pile of bricks Cathy – could be rather precarious 🙂 Glad to hear that you are having a break from the bricklaying and hope that you come home refreshed. Look forward to hearing what you will do with those bricks that remain.

    • Cathy says:

      Tee hee ; I will actually move them inside the fruit cage where there are other leftovers and pile them more stably – but no rush, for that, or another project!

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