A Clean Sweep

IMG_0533…… but not for long, I shouldn’t think!

We have a milder day here today after a frost free night, making gardening jobs all the more pleasurable, and I got my pleasure from another round of sweeping up leaves – fortunately I find this task quite therapeutic, probably because it has such obvious results! The ‘sunken’ area above is quite a good collection point for the sweepings, as they can be brushed in from four directions. All but one of the hostas in pots here have had enough for this year, but look at how pretty the Stipa tenuissima ‘Pony Tails’ is in the two pots on the higher level – they arrived in 3″ pots earlier this year and suddenly have become plump and shapely, like teenage schoolgirls.

Having partially emptied the leaf cage last week and been disappointed by the infestation of ivy roots and shoots, my leaf sweepings since then have been bagged up and tucked discretely away in the composting area, leaving the leaf cage requiring a rethink. Meanwhile, I have been catching up on a pencilled list of little jobs over the last few days, such as spreading compost on the borders, collecting up oddments of bricks and pots that have been lying around and doing those mortaring jobs I mentioned before. The brickwork at the end of the clematis colonnade was replaced but without finesse (bottom right) and now needs a plant or two to fill in the gap (any excuse!), and the gaps at the bottom of The Wall where blocks had to be removed were attended to (left) – such small tasks, but so easily put to one side because of this. Personally, I recommend The List approach!


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6 Responses to A Clean Sweep

  1. You seem to be getting a lot done Cathy, you have quite a lot flowering too, all looks well, Frances

    • Cathy says:

      Only doing an hour or two at the most, Frances, when the weather is conducive, but have certainly managed to keep on top of it this year, now that the main alterations were done

  2. Lyn says:

    I’m always in favour of another list!

  3. Christina says:

    I’m a list maker too, there is such satisfaction in ticking off what has been done! I love your sucken area, I don’t have a very clear idea of how your garden looks, but each individual area is lovely.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh thanks Christina! Have you looked at the map of the garden (under The Garden tab), which should help? When I read about gardens in magazines I always find it frustrating if there isn’t a map to show how it all fits together and give you an idea of scale. The sunken bit has gone through various transformations since I introduced it – originally starting just as a square sunken area in some grass, which definitely didn’t work!

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