Information for the amateur gardener

Tuesday February 28th February 28

Last day of February, today we were set to visit friends who required some help with their garden. However flurrys of snow yesterday have been replaced with a complete white out. Result everyones garden looks fantastic, covered in three inches of snow. Tonight we are set for sub zero temperatures. Don’t forget the garden birds in this terrible weather, fill up the feeders, and also make sure to fill the bird bath. We saw a strange thing the other day,a male siskin sitting on a tree branch with its head tucked in, suddenly fell to the ground. I took it into the house, no sign of any injury, it died about an hour later, very unusual thing to witness.All spring tasks are of course on hold at the moment.

Our Back Garden

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Monday February 27th February 27

Got up today with good intentions, still roses to prune, greenhouse to prepare for the seed sowing and one or two other jobs that I was going to attend to.However five minutes outside and that was enough today, far too cold, flurry’s of heavy snow and a biting wind. So today too much time has been spent at the computer. Never mind I finally got verified with another option for sending emails, something that I have been messing about with for six weeks. Only problem is all the emails that I sent with this system have finally reached their recipients, and they are all getting back to me very puzzled with the out of date news. Oh well you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Hope the weather is better tomorrow.

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Sunday February 26th February 26

In the twenty years that we have been in our present house, the amount of times that we have changed the layout of our patio, borders on the ridiculous. It started off with traditional flagstones. not very inspiring, so we went about creating this circular patio using decorative bricks with small concrete slabs shaded red and grey. we placed a sundial in the centre. It looked the part but a few years later we wanted more room for a larger table and chairs, so up came the bricks and slabs, this time to be replaced with the simplicity of buff coloured chippings, and what with the raised borders and carefully placed containers it did look fine, and also we had a proper patio set so we could have lunch outdoors on a nice summers day.

Well once again a few years later we decided that clearing leaves etc from stone chippings was not such an easy task so once again it was time for change. What did we decide on this time, well quite surprisingly, decking! We set about with our design which also included a pergola. The finished result was absolutely fantastic, four years later, well unlike some constructions which improve with age, decking takes on a tired worn look, and in the winter it is incredibly slippy. There will be no more changes, the power hose is coming out next month, and it will also get a coating of light oak preservative to freshen things up.

Our Decking Area

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