I may have been scraping the barrel today to find 6 things to feature in the Saturday meme hosted by Jon the Propagator, but there were no barrels to literally scrape in the garden; I was, however, able to remove the leaves and rotten apples from the stream (yes, there is a stream under the leafy camouflage of the above picture) and scrape most of the mud from the stream bed, before switching the pump on again and enjoy the restful sound of moving water.
We have had some beautifully sunny days this week, interspersed with grey and damp and drizzly ones, the latter sadly seeming to coincide with my available time, but today the stars were in my favour and I set about ticking jobs off my to-do list, compiled on the damp and drizzly days. Clearing the stream was one of them, as was sweeping up the remnants of fallen leaves, hopefully for the last time this year.
Defoliating the last of the roses was also achieved today, with pruning the wisteria next on the list, a much easier job than in summer when I have to fight my way through foliage; hopefully tomorrow will see that crossed off too.
The Golfer was given his own task, removing ivy that had grown up onto our neighbour’s pigeon loft and clearing the gutter it had invaded on its way up there. The intention is that now it has been trimmed to below fence height, an annual trim will stop it following the same pattern again. It was about half-past four when he called it a day, and all but dark, but surprisingly the ‘after’ picture still came out clearly, indicating the distinct improvement from his efforts. The ivy still on the roof has been cut and just needs to be bagged up for disposal. Note Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ still in his leafy splendour, not yet felled by sharp frosts
The continued mildness brings with it more surprises, this week the overnight transformation of witch hazel Hamamelis ‘Jelena’, now in full bloom. Usually you can spot a gradual hint of colour emerging, but I inspect my witch hazels every day at this time of year and this was definitely a zero to hero (heroine) scenario.
As the barrel is now all but empty, my sixth is a Christmas card I received from a niece this week, for which a tree was planted; not only was a tree planted, but there was a little ‘seed token’ included with the card, impregnated with flower seeds (for garden/window settings only, do not plant in nature), which I thought was a lovely idea. I have detached the token before displaying the card, to make sure I don’t forget it when the cards come down on the Twelfth Night.
That may or may not be six things but that’s all you are getting and I am off to Jon’s blog to see what he and other contributors have posted.