In the spring a young man’s fancy may lightly turn to thoughts of love, but in autumn this not quite so young woman’s thoughts, now that the smaller outstanding jobs have been caught up with, reluctantly turn to attending to The Stream.
It has been attended to at several points during the year as past posts on this blog will testify, with various ‘sticking plaster’ treatments applied in a (fairly) determined effort to rid the stream of its long term leakage issue. The discovery of a dead rat brought with it the associated discovery of some nibbled holes in the liner which were dealt with appropriately along with several other modifications during the year, but the demands of the rest of the garden eventually put the stream on the proverbial back boiler for the rest of the season.
I kept my plans to build up one of the stream banks but had also come to the conclusion that this was not now the real leakage problem, and not surprisingly was still hoping to avoid dismantling the whole stream and laying a new liner. Apart from laying some netting over the course of the stream to collect stray apples and the inevitably ubiquitous leaves I have therefore done nothing to it for several months except stop and occasionally ponder on its future. A recent stopping and pondering moment drew my attention to the fact that despite the quantity of rain we have had during October the reservoir was not continuously overflowing – so where was the water going, as there can be little being lost through evaporation at this time of year? Despite earlier assertions that the water loss was NOT from the reservoir, it does seem as if this must now be the case, perhaps also arising from the teeth of our rodent friends. Replacing the liner just in the reservoir, although still requiring some dismantling, is a far cry from the upheaval of replacing the liner in the whole stream – so the plans will now begin.
After reading on Anna’s blog Green Tapestry that she has spotted signs of life from some of her species snowdrops I had a special ramble this morning to check the progress of the one snowdrop that has sometimes flowered in December – but there was none. Hey ho! Plenty to look forward to over the colder months though, including, as I discovered on this same ramble when I lifted the deep green leaves of Helleborus niger, a cluster of expectant white buds on this Christmas rose. Perhaps even more exciting was to notice that under the new dwarf plum tree where I had planted Anemone blanda ‘White Splendour’ and Colchicum autumnale album about three weeks ago on their belated arrival from Peter Nyssen the colchicum were already pushing their white flower spikes through! There was no sign of growth on them when they arrived which I though there might be, so they must be making up for lost time – hopefully not to be struck down too soon by frost or snow.