We've had a few dry days this last week, and a couple of them I was able to get out in the garden. Which was good as the next week is forecast to be mainly snow, sleet and cold temperatures. As well as some gardening I also had a trip to Northumberland with David, sho had some work to do around Kielder. A very nice day out visiting a derelict farm house, Kielder water, a visit to a bastle, lunch out and a walk with the dog.
|The buds of the Horse chestnut in the front garden|
are beginning to swell and get sticky
|I got the cutting back of the dead hedge finished, yeh!|
No more boring dead hedge photos
|While I was finishing the dead hedge, David and Ben |
moved and painted the house sign at the drive
entrance and cleared the years of mud and leaves from
the edge of the road
So that was one day, its so good to see something done, even small tidying jobs like those. Although we won't be here for ever, it makes it look nice as we come and go and gives a little back to the owners. They were kind enough to let us put up the greenhouses, sheds, bring all our animals and do what ever we wanted in the garden. A couple of days later we had the weather and time to get outside again.
|The area in front of the sheds is really muddy so we cleared out the mud|
and used some of the excess gravel from the drive. What a difference, it
looks good and is much cleaner for getting to the sheds and chickens and
it didn't cost anything to do.
|While David was doing the gravel, I finished lifting the Cornus layers under |
the neglected main plant. In the end there were 21 new plants! I used
these to fill in spaces all the way up the east boundary. Another job that
was free but achieved a lot
|Galanthus nivalis 'Flore Plena' in the garden moving|
|Galanthus nivalis has moved well, a nice healthy|
|We also used some of the excess drive gravel to fill in |
lots of odd muddy spots on the patio, such as here at
the bottom of the steps to the back lawn
|and here all the way along the back of the house|
|This is the next project in the front garden|
|Milly, having a daft turn int he morning, while waiting|
on Daniel's school bus
|Chitting Daniel's potatoes|
Saturday was cold but dry with blue skies and an occasional snow flurry, so wrapped up I got my car cleaned inside and out, long over due. Then I tidied and watered both greenhouses, potted up a house plant and various other jobs ...
|Seeds to sow, a house plant to pot up, gathering the bits and pieces together|
|Staring the bonfire, because it was mainly dead wood,|
it burnt really well, you can't beat a good bonfire
|Burning the dead hedge trimmings and all the other sticks n stuff lying|
about, Adam and Daniel were a great help (boys and bonfires, you
know how it is!) We also toasted some marshmallows.
|Creative in the kitchen too, this is the Blood orange and Pomegranate cake,|
before the pomegranate syrup topping
|... and after, I have to say it was very nice|
|Sowing the first seeds of the year, some vegetables. Cabbage, broccoli and |
kale for Dan's veg garden. Its great to be sowing seeds again
|Making room for the trays in the greenhouse|
So as you can see, a busy week in the Quirky bird garden, I'm writing this as the snow falls again. I don't think there will be much gardening done this week. What ever you get up to, have a good one.