At the moment I’m attempting to extend a border, but the poor weather has scuppered it somewhat… in fact I’m so bored of hearing myself moan about the weather that I can only imagine my readers are thoroughly fed up! I’m trying to remain optimistic that things will change and we’ll be back to our more typical weather – i.e. generally fine, with far less of the wet stuff.
Today has been spent at my parent’s again doing a spot of weeding but mainly planting a Cotoneaster and some Delphiniums for mum, and then there were also quite a few pots to plant up. When attempting to empty one out, I discovered an ant’s nest and they were not happy at all. However it was rather fascinating seeing the grubs and them carrying them to safety. In the end I put the compost back in said pot and left them to all go back home (it all came out as one big block of dried, dead compost).
This afternoon was then spent at home mowing the lawn, turning the soil in the extended border, adding top soil and some plastic lawn edging – yes it looks horrible but I plan to allow plants to grow over it so it doesn’t look too bad. I’ve never used the edging before so it’s somewhat of a trial. Finally, I planted the wild flowers I bought a while ago and left everything else until I’ve decided where it’s all going!
Hopefully I’ll manage to get it planted over the next week after work or the week after when I’m off for the week. As always dealing with the grass I’ve dug up is proving to be difficult; I’m piling it to create loam, but then what do I do with the loam?!
Let’s move on to the safari shall we?
We’ll start with a Bee sunbathing on the wall; I’m very pleased to see that I have plenty of Bees around even after all the rain. However I am lacking Hoverflies still – but I’ve seen plenty of hoverfly larvae. I’ve already rescued quite a few Bees that seem to be sleeping by placing them back onto the Alliums for a drink.
Then we have blooms from the Black Elder; these don’t seem to be as pretty as my other type…
My ‘Harlow Carr’ roses are in bloom, and I’ve had to bring in a number of the blooms because the weight is bending the branches double. I think all the rain has encouraged it to put on plenty of growth, but it’s fairly weak! Not a problem as I’m more than happy to have them inside.
Next up is a Geum I’ve fallen in love with. I’ve never had Geums before but this one really has me besotted. Photos don’t quite do ‘Totally Tangerine’ justice and has changed its shade somewhat, it’s more of a cool orange than a vibrant shade and actually complements the purples nicely.