we had 3 dry days this week, Monday, Tuesday and Friday, Wednesday and Thursday were very strong winds and rain, when I put my bins out Thursday morning as it is collection day I was literally blown across the path, I managed to stay upright as I battled my way back to the house,
Monday and Tuesday I spent doing some weeding, with the light evenings and so much to do I go back out in the evening as well, there is still lots to do but Friday I decided to have a go at the damp meadow, it is so bad I was trying to ignore it until I had most other garden work done but it has been getting me down and lingering in my mind knowing that I have got to tackle it some time, I started by raking out as much as I could of the dead stuff and cut back dead stems, there is/was a pale yellow lupin under here, thankfully the others have pushed through but I fear this is dead,
there is still a lot to do but at least I’ve made a start, I am amazed at the daffodils considering what the poor things had to push through, the clumps do need lifting and dividing, 12 years ago they were single bulbs, I threw them across the area as they tell you to if you want a naturalistic planting, now as I have claimed more ground and expanded the damp meadow they only cover about half the area, I made a start last year and planted a few in the barren half,
these were planted along the path between the tweenie and damp meadow a few years ago, I moved them back last year when they finished flowering as they were too close to the path and the bare leaves after the flowers finished started to get on my nerves, now all I need is to get rid of that grass and I can put in some plants so the daffodil leaves won’t stand out so much,
I did some work on the tweenie a couple of weeks ago when we had some dry very windy days, it was cold, very cold, it felt like it was January not early April, you can see from the dry stems there is still work to do,
I had hoped to get out today but when I got up this morning I saw the garden like an impressionist painting through the rain covered kitchen window, you can clearly see in this photo how the tweenie garden and damp meadow are sandwiched between 2 areas of native wild heather, and brown is how it looks 11 months of the year,
the autumnal colours in the bottom right of the photo are moss in the heather, it’s about 2 ft deep and very difficult to cut down and pull out, then there is a deep layer that is old heather stems filled with dead leaf and flower bits, somewhere under that I assume is soil, I’ve never managed to reach the soil and have found the only way I can deal with it is that after cutting back the heather and moss I cover with paper/card and then old turfs/soil and start planting with small plants, I’ve tried larger plants but most don’t survive, I’ve sort of given up with it and just stay with clearing the tough grass areas which are hard enough but at least I do find the soil, I knew none of this when I moved here and started to make a garden ………….