Making the Beds

I like days like this – partly because of their rarity – days that are totally free of commitments, sometimes unexpectedly (like when as a teacher the school was shut due to snow) although not so today. Our usual Saturday morning activity is not happening for a couple of weeks due to the festive season and having finished Christmas baking and wrapped presents I feel very much on top of things, so have been able to turn to those outstanding jobs that are in no way urgent, like clearing a backlog of unimportant post, filing documents and generally tying up lots of loose ends. Making the beds was not one such activity, or at least not those beds….

garden.map2…..but amending the maps of the garden to allow for changes that have taken place to beds and borders and structures was, and both are now uploaded at a larger scale under ‘The Garden’ tab. Thus the revised map of the garden, hopefully helpful to orientate you when reading many of the posts, shows changes at the bottom of the garden (the cutting beds and a second greenhouse), the foreshortening of the woodland edge border to allow an extension to the bold (previously ‘hot’) borders, the new shrub border and the building of the Bothy in the woodland. Hard to believe that none of these were even a twinkle in the eye twelve months ago – and in the case of the latter three as little as 3 or 4 months ago!

The map of the species snowdrop bed has certainly been helpful for me as I poke around in the border looking hopefully for fresh shoots, and it was a job well done when I first put the map together around this time last year. It was out of date almost as soon as I posted it though with new additions early this year, and it shows the border as it was at the end of the 2014 snowdrop season but including the loss of ‘Three Ships’ and ‘Faringdon Double’ which could have been flowering now but which recent investigation has shown to have perished. Knowing I will inevitably want to add to the collection in the approaching season, perhaps keeping new purchases in pots needs to be seriously considered for at least the first year to ensure they establish…

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29 Responses to Making the Beds

  1. AnnetteM says:

    Your map is very impressive. I have been meaning to do a similar one, but never quite get around to it. Maybe after Christmas. Wow you have a lot of snowdrop varieties. How long have you been collecting them?

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Annette. I was able to get the plot boundary from our Land Registry map, and although very out of date I used an aerial photo we have for reference too. The odd shape made it easier for defining the different areas so it is fairly accurate and certainly to scale. It was a good challenge when I first did it and updating it was just a matter of getting round to it. I had a blitz on buying snowdrops in 2005/6 after visiting a local open garden but then really ‘forgot’ about them till after I finished work and it was just before I started the blog in 2012 that I caught the bug again and have really begun to build a ‘collection’

  2. Very creative and inspirational! You could have been an architect as well as a gardener.
    Happy holidays!

  3. Pauline says:

    I’d forgotten that you had made so many changes Cathy, you have been so busy during the last 12 months. I too have lost Three Ships, I haven’t seen it for a couple of years now, but I discovered Faringdon Double this afternoon under a pile of leaves!

    • Cathy says:

      And I thought there would be little opportunity for further creative changes, Pauline, and I surprised myself too! All my specials are covered in leaves, but with the mild weather now is definitely time to be having a scrabble around – lots of others are showing but some not, hopefully just ‘not yet’. Was your Three Ships established? I only got mine last year 😦

  4. Very impressed with your new plans, Cathy, especially the snowdrop plan. That must take some upkeep. You’ve definitely had a busy year! Time to relax, maybe, and enjoy the snowdrop season? πŸ˜‰

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Ali, I was glad to have got the updates done. The snowdrops really look after themselves – I just throw on some garden compost and general fertiliser after they have finished flowering, and I am not sure if I could have done anything to prevent the demise of those two specimens, other than keeping them in a pot for a year or two. Now, what’s this relaxing lark? πŸ˜‰

  5. Helen Johnstone says:

    I think this is just the inspiration i need today. I’m meant to be sanding down woodwork in the hallway but a cold is getting the better of me and having spent most of last week nursemaiding my son while he suffered with a horrid flu I feel I need to do something positive so will go and get my pen and paper out

    • Cathy says:

      I am pleased that my post has triggered you into this flurry of activity, Helen, but hope you and your son are both fighting fit again soon πŸ˜‰

  6. Christina says:

    Well done Cathy, you put me to shame in not yeybhaving drawn a plan of the garden. You have had a busy year with all the exciting improvements. You have an enormous collection of species snowdrops, like Pauline, I hadn’t realised that you have so many!

    • Cathy says:

      It didn’t take long to update the plans, Christina, but the originals were more taxing, particularly the snowdrop one as I although I had a list of all the snowdrops I had bought I then had to find out where they were and some had lost their labels. That’s why it is proving so useful now, as at least I know what part of the bed to poke around in now πŸ™‚ It still surprises me when I see the list as I forget quite how many there are, although until they reappear I always fear there will be more names to go in brackets (ie failed bulbs) πŸ˜‰ ps don’t forget an address for seeds…

  7. Annette says:

    You’re so well organized, Cathy, and I admit this is one of my projects for this winter too. So helpful to get the bigger picture but also for the re-design of the orchard. Hope I can get away from those books over the holiday πŸ˜‰

    • Cathy says:

      Not sure about the organised bit Annette, but I do like maps (any) and I find them very helpful when reading about gardens and working out where photographs are taken from. Look forward to seeing yours….

  8. pbmgarden says:

    It’s always interesting to see how people keep records of what they grow. Nice to have visualizations to keep organized.

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  10. Helen Johnstone says:

    Here is mine – http://patientgardener.wordpress.com/2014/12/21/the-garden-plan/
    thanks for the inspiration

  11. Chloris says:

    What a great idea to make a map like this and fun to do. And how organised to know just where all your snowdrops are. I’ ll look forward to seeing them all in bloom.

    • Cathy says:

      I have found the snowdrop map invaluable – and hopefully won’t have too many non-bloomers making a non appearance this year πŸ˜‰

  12. Anna says:

    Oh I do like a map. I hope those snowdrops all appear this season Cathy and that the brackets can be declared redundant.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh me too – but I shall be more relaxed about them when they all show a bit of green. Fingers crossed that there are no more ‘no-shows’ πŸ˜‰

  13. Amy says:

    Oh, a whole bed of species snowdrops *sigh*! I admire your mapmaking, Cathy; I confess to using my own blog as back-up storage for names, location, and cultural information πŸ˜‰ Not so well organized here as to get it all laid out to scale, but it must be invaluable with a collection of small bulbs, especially!

    • Cathy says:

      Our blogs are great for record keeping aren’t they? But yes, I have been out with my snowdrop map several times in the last few weeks!

  14. bittster says:

    I love your maps! I have planting sketches going back years and it’s interesting to see how much things have changed over the years…. Plus it’s invaluable for when a label gets nibbled or uprooted and you need to dig up an ID!
    You really have been busy this year with the changes and renovations. Can’t wait to see what the new year brings!

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