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!