… but at least it was clean and dry inside these waterproof and breathable gloves, Showa Temres 281, which first came to my attention when reviewed by ‘Which? Gardening’ recently. Available from Screwfix for just under £10, they appeared under the Christmas tree after the Golfer tricked me into believing they were out of stock, and are proving to be a sound investment. The gauntlet design means an end to dirty cuffs (and soggy cuffs when pulling handfuls of leaves out of the stream) and the gloves’ breathability will be a boon when the weather gets warmer. A great product at a brilliant price, so much so that I can overlook their distinct blueness.
They were christened this afternoon whilst sweeping up the last of the wisteria trimmings and some more wind-blown leaves, before acting on a whim and lifting the ‘Christmas Carol’ hellebore, having decided that the struggle the emerging flowers were having may be due to a build up of soil around the plant. Certainly my recollection from last year is that the buds never showed more than an inch or so of stem, so perhaps this has become an increasing problem as the bed has had spadefuls of compost and leaf mould added to it for the benefit of the snowdrops. Soil was therefore cleaned from the numerous flower buds around the base and shaken from the plant before it was replanted in a slightly shallower hole; at the same time an offshoot was removed without any detachment required and planted up elsewhere in the bed. It will be interesting to observe how the flowers respond to their clearer passageway.
Meanwhile, ramblings around the garden have gradually tweaked potential improvements to the two temporary screens that ‘stop’ the views from the woodland edge and blue & white borders to the hot borders. With the desire to maintain as much light as possible reaching the hot borders they still need to be fairly open, but with more solid timber uprights and a horizontal support to link them to The Wall they should look less flimsy and more permanent. As there are only a limited number of spare bricks I plan to just raise the height of the brick edging at the back of the blue & white border by a few courses with lattice and uprights above – subject to no further modifications to my doodles, of course.