Stacking Up

I finished my bricklaying project last week (apart from a section postponed till one of the posts is moved a fraction) but the jobs are still stacking up – although the hardy geraniums have been moved from the beds under the clematis colonnade they still await re-homing, whilst the revamped beds await delivery of a bulk bag of manure and some bare rooted roses. The colonnade itself is due to be redesigned and rebuilt, but the Golfer is currently busy re-roofing the shed for the zillionth time (also a redesign) – at least there is now a fairy perched on the roof to keep an eye on his progress…

The bothy served as a temporary store for the bricks recycled from a neighbour so now that their numbers have reduced I was able to restack the remainder and tidy the space, even adding hooks to hang up some of the plant supports which have been a jumble for rather too long – gosh! that’s an improvement, and should have done ages ago!

My next task is to revamp the areas either side of the bus shelter – and find a solution to the very top-heavy climbing rose which currently offers the choice of an obstacle course or a detour on my rambles…

The section of fence propped up against the bus shelter was temporarily removed to await a slight realigment, so just another task… However, I am happy to say that my dahlias have all been lifted and brought into the greenhouse, along with fuchsias and pelargoniums, and all rooted cuttings have been potted up, seedlings pricked out and even some hardy annuals grown from seed have been planted out. Oh, and sweet peas are coming along nicely too… well done me!

Cutting beds are now empty – but only sort of, as there is a lot of clearing up still to do…

And the fruit cage desperately needs re-netting, as the plastic mesh deteriorates after a few years…

This section of block paving down the side of the new greenhouse has sunk in places and needs to be lifted and relaid – and I have bought paint to change the colour of our side of the neighbour’s fence…

On a positive note, however, I have removed some underperforming shrubs from the shrub border so the two obelisks can be placed in better positions and hopefully their incumbent roses and clematis will do better,  another job well done…

I have even finished all my bulb planting…but don’t those empty tubs look bare in the meantime?

And it hasn’t even crossed my mind to do any leaf sweeping yet … these jobs just continue to stack up, don’t they?

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25 Responses to Stacking Up

  1. Pauline says:

    I’m exhausted just reading your post! You have been so busy!! Me, I’ve just been sweeping, sweeping,and more sweeping of leaves and there are still more to come down.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Pauline – it wasn’t all condensed into a week or so ago though! I have keot on top of seedlings all along but the potting up was done on a recent wet day, as was lifting the dahlias and tender perennials as they could then be dealt with in dry of the greenhouse. I am hoping tgere will be noticeably fewer leaves now we have cut down two hazels!

  2. Heyjude says:

    Phew! That’s a lot of work Cathy! I think you deserve a sit down and a glass of wine now.

    • Cathy says:

      I meant to yesterday but had blog posts to write and forgot – but they are an accumulation of tasks though and not the result of lots of long days. Honest! 😀

  3. prue batten says:

    My gosh! And here was I thinking we’d worked ourselves to a standstill in our gardens! I love the way every bit of your garden has secrets waiting to be revealed. Being in the southern hemisphere, I can’t wait to see yours in full leaf and colour. I’m learning so much, following all these blogs. Thank you.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Prue – glad you are enjoying following blogs. We are a supportive and friendly bunch and learn from each other. It is not always easy to show what a garden is really like with 2D photographs but I am glad it comes across as having secrets as that is how it is for real. Have you seen the map under The Garden tab?

  4. Pauline has taken the words out of my mouth. Your energy never ceases to amaze me Cathy. Here I’ve not even started on planting my bulbs. Plans to leap into action were put on hold when that cold snap arrived and then went on the back burner with the return of my nose problems 😦 Still there’s time enough says she hopefully and himself has kindly been leaf sweeping with a vengeance 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      It is more an accumulation of things though, Anna, that I have not had time to write about – but finishing Jury Service kickstarted lots of tasks! Sorry to read about your ‘nose problem’ and hope it can be resolved soon

  5. bcparkison says:

    Uhhh….You have a lot of entergy. Mine has taken a back step . We have cold and rain,rain,rain. Next almost warm day I must get the back cover on the hoop house. In the mean time I covered the lemon tree that is trying to recover with a frost blanket. Christmas card orders now take center stage but I should be through with them in a day or two. Still need to make gifts for the grands just don’t know what yet.
    I keep looking at your pictures and know how wonderful Spring will be.

    • Cathy says:

      Ah yes, insulating the greenhouse…that should go on my job list too! I am vaguely aware that Christmas is approaching fast…! Hope you get your orders completed soon and get on track with everything else

  6. LOOKING GREAT! Always plenty to do and you are making a lot of progress!

  7. tonytomeo says:

    I concur. That is too much work in one compact garden. I suppose that is how gardens are. My colleague down south fits more into his urban parcel than I work with on nine acres.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh Tony, none of them are particularly onerous or hard and I rarely spend a full day in the garden. Usually only 2 or 3 hours, weather permitting

  8. Alison C says:

    It seems as though you are fighting on all fronts! You seem to be making excellent progress though and I must admit, planning for next year is one of my favourite things. I usually start about August.. I’m very impressed with all you seedlings and your tidy plant supports. I can’t let you see my shed. Are these winter sunshine sweet peas? Can you remember when you sowed them last year? I can’t find my sowing date.
    Though I have been working slowly but solidly at the jobs, more keep presenting themselves!

    • Cathy says:

      I too like planning for next year and have learned to love the routine of sowing/pricking out/potting on (and garden tidying up routines too!) and can hardly wait for late summer sowing and then early year sowing. I am chuffed to have thought of using hooks for some of the plant supports, as trying to extract them from a tangle was a real pain – but it helps not competing for space with a big pile of bricks, just a little pile now! One of the trays is WS, sown last year on 2nd Oct so I was nearly 3 weeks later this year. I joined with a neighbour to buy 8 different colours this year so we have a wider range and I have mixed my half of the seeds ps my ‘tool shed’ is not a pretty sight!!

  9. Christina says:

    You exhaust me just reading your posts (which you also find time to write); well done indeed for all the completed tasks. I still need to begin most of mine as there’s been very little time to work in the garden. This week should be good though so I’m looking forward to completing some of my list.

    • Cathy says:

      I have posted infrequently though, so it’s an accumulation of tasks over aperiod, really – but finishing Jury Service freed me to have a blitz after putting everything on hold for a fortnight. Most days I only do 2 or 3 hours as I have other activities outside gardening! Hope you can get stuck into your tasks too

  10. Cathy bravo for you! I have exhausted reading as many tasks as you have done and you have left to do. I do not know where you get the time. You are very strong and tenacious. That’s how beautiful your garden is. Bravo for you! Have a very good week. Take care. Greetings from Margarita.

  11. Brian Skeys says:

    Autumn time is always a busy time in the garden Cathy, you and the golfer always seem to be busier that the rest of us. I feel tired just reading about what you have done😀

    • Cathy says:

      Sorry to wear you out a distance Brian! We may of course run out of projects one of these days but while the ideas pop up and we can still do them then we shall continue in the same way, I expect 😉

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