Unlike this pristine Camellia japonica ‘Nobilissima’, a solitary bloom on this bush now freed from the encroachment of an adjacent hedge and currently busy doing nothing, I have been busy busy with little jobs on a non-diminishing job list, as we work towards our garden opening in a week’s time.
Most are non-plant related tasks, like bringing the signs down from the loft for reviewing and updating, and repainting the words inspired by the garden on an assortment of pebbles. Collecting them in for their annual service can be a bit like ‘hunt the thimble’, and even today I found one I had missed, ‘abundance’, hidden under (ahem) an abundance of foliage.
A number of bulbs in the greenhouse are now in bud, although not yet in a flower, so I brought a selection into the warmth of the house to chivy them on a bit:
A long-outstandng task, waiting for a mild enough day, was some remedial brickwork, firstly to join the three bricks making up the mini insect hotel (more like a lodging house, perhaps) and secondly to add another course of bricks to the lower side of this bed in the blue & white border, remedying a natural slope which had been causing soil loss. It took less than an hour to complete both, plus refixing a loose brick elsewhere, and left enough mortar to thwart sparrows nesting under the roof outside our bedroom window this year.
More party guests seem to be gearing up for the occasion now, with the four shown on Wednesday now joined by a growing number of hellebores and colourful glimpses of various pulmonaria. It really does seem to be a case of something new to spot every day, but I am certainly glad to be including more newcomers in today’s Six on Saturday, the meme kindly hosted by Jon the Propagator. Why not visit his blog and see some more Sixes?