As we enter a new month I’ve been spending the last week and a half starting to clear and destroy ready for the new season. We’ve been in the current house for about two and a half years and I’ve given existing plants a chance. There are many lovely established plants in the garden but there are some that are wrong for various reasons. Some went through too long without proper care others are just in the wrong place and some are too close together. I’m attempting to remove the bigger trees and shrubs over a few weeks. I can’t currently drive to the tip so I’m trying to get it all in the brown bin.
1. New kit
To aid me in removing a number of the plants I’d ordered a few new bits of kit to ease the job. I saw that gold leaf gloves were on offer through Amazon a few weeks back and ordered myself a pair of soft-touch gloves. I already own a pair of tough touch gloves and love them. I don’t particularly like wearing gardening gloves but as I planted quite a few spikey options they are necessary for some jobs.
Then two Niwaki purchases to help with clearing the perennials and spikier plants. Watching Monty in Japan is giving me a desire for more Japanese tools. A set of arm guards that just slip on over your clothes. Then a rice sickle recommended for cutting down perennials. While not essential kit unless you have a lot of ornamental grass or meadow flowers to scythe down it was satisfying to use though won’t get as much use as my hori-hori.
This is the first of several larger established plants I am removing. This patch of conifers I think was actually three conifers planted too closely together. I don’t particularly dislike conifers but these don’t go with anything else in the border and they are growing outwards due to their proximity to each other. I’ve given them three Summers to decide what to do with them. I can’t untangle them as the inner growth is all dead now so they’ve been dug out. The dogwood poking in at the side will be getting a trim to the ground in a few weeks. The dogwood will regrow with nice new red stems but clearing these and the dogwood will create a more open space here and a view to the camellia when it flowers.
Nice space for something new.
Having returned from the in-law’s house and seen all their finches on their bird feeders I ordered a new sunflower feeder. I buy most of my seed from Haiths. They produce good quality seed that the birds love. I was just going to order the sunflower hearts but they had an Autumn Attraction pack offer for two feeders and two different seed mixes.
The sunflower feeder is currently hanging from the clematis but I will find it a better spot.
Then a small bird feeder. Keep the seagulls and greedy pigeons out.
Within minutes of going back inside the tits came to check out the sunflower feeder.
The two hellebores I planted at the end of last year are really getting going now. Christmas Carol has pure white flowers. They develop rather ugly blotches as they fade but are very pretty while they are white and the few pollinators around seem to like them.
Angels glow is currently the prettier of the two with a mass amount of dirty pink flowers. These fade away better retaining similar colours as they fade.
As I’ve enjoyed the two I had and seeing many more at the in-laws and Burton Agnes I bought another variety. Lividus seems to open quite creamy before fading into green. I rather like the leaves on this one as much as the flowers.
Alice was taken with this windmill in home bargains. It’s been stuck in the garden border though I’m sure she’ll continually relocate it decapitating other plants along the way. It may be time to allocate her a plot of her own.
While scything down the perennials I found this good sized frog. I’ve started seeing them more and more. It’s good to know they are returning to the garden ready for defending my hostas from slug attacks.
Looking back I realise this was quite a long six but I hope you enjoyed. Enjoy your weekends. I have euonymus to trim next and a dwarf apple tree that is too dwarf. Happy gardening!
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