Having written a list of ‘jobs’ that needed to be done in the garden, mostly of the ‘move this’, ‘tidy that’ type, I didn’t let yesterday’s rain get in the way – it was never heavy here, just persistent, but the saturation was worth it to cross all those things off the list, some outstanding for just too long.
As well as the tidying tasks, the timber for replacing these steps (below left) had been waiting for a few months and it took less than an hour to do the job, including digging up and splitting some primroses and ferns to add to those already bordering them. These steps lead from the right hand end of the snowdrop border, behind a dead tree covered in ivy and into the woodland. Another job quickly done was adding vine eyes to all the posts with climbing roses, spaced at regular intervals so that when tied into the posts the roses will look less of a shambles than they do now – a new supply of this soft flexible wire is needed before the job can be finished and they are all tied in neatly and consistently.
Alongside these odd jobs, have a look at these oddments as well – Hamamelis ‘Ruby Glow’ in the top picture, clearly NOT red this year as it should be, something I have never come across before, and a fused flower on snowdrop Galanthus ‘Mrs Thompson’ (a frequent occurrence in this variety) and the distinctive twin spathes of donkey-eared Galanthus nivalis ‘Scharlockii’: