Tidying up…

by Wendy Syddall

I thought I’d start with something amusing. Last weekend we were forecast stormy but warm weather as part of Storm Ophelia. So I got in my car to come home after church on Sunday and it said ‘warning there may be ice on the road’ and showed -1 degrees. It was actually 18 degrees! Poor car. She was back to normal by evening. It has and is still is windy here but not as much as forecast. 

So back to gardening. I read a recent blog about laid back and extreme gardeners and I’m extreme apparently which means I like the garden to be tidy and if possible weed free for winter. I start the job of removing dead annuals, tidying up peranniel plants, compost spreading earlier every year and hardly ever get finished. This morning I was compost spreading from our own bin. We put all vegetable matter, coffee grounds, tea bags, shredded paper, dead plants into it. No weeds or rose cuttings, grass cuttings or hard wood. It looks pretty good but while the tea inside the bags rots down the bag itself doesn’t.

I have still to clean and insulate the greenhouse, treat my poor unhappy rose (diluted jeyes fluid after removing all leaves), finish tidying peranniels and more compost spreading and I’ll be ready for winter. I must add that as soon as it gets too cold I hibernate until it warms up, so it’s a race against the weather to get finished! Wish me luck.

Lastly I have a few things still in flower including a confused hellebore (should be flowering in February).

Alstroemeria that has been flowering for months

Michaelmas daisy rather late to the party and sometimes forgets to flower at all.

White scabious that I thought should be blue – doing well though!

Confused hellebore