I did it!
At long last!
Friday was a lovely day, I almost ran out the door at work, the thermometer in the car red 16C (61F), so the first thing I did when I got home?
Mowed the grass, of course!
6 months since the last cut, no wonder it’s been driving me crazy.
And then, on Saturday I even managed to rake the moss and thatch out of the grass! Woo, go me.
I’d like to know why raking the thatch is so tiring???!!! My arms are like jelly by the end. Yet normal raking up of leaves etc is no problem at all. One of the many unsolved mysteries of life…
You may be wondering why I’ve left the raking on the lawn? Well, the birds will be more than happy to use it for their nests. Either that or on the next mow I’ll cut it up with the mower instead.
Also, check out this little beauty:
Yes, that’s my first rose bud on Harlow Carr. I’m certain this is the earliest I’ve seen buds on it before. I did have some on Tess of the D’urbervilles way back in February but I cut her back, including the blooms knowing it’s for the best so I have more later. After checking Gertrude Jekyll, I found more buds! Gertrude is the right most image above, she is a little behind Harlow Carr; this is no real surprise, especially as Harlow Carr is in full sun and Gertrude is climbing up the fence in perhaps the shadiest part of the back garden.
I’m so thrilled that I have so many Tulips. I honestly didn’t expect to see them again. The show is even better than last year after late snows in March and April 2013, I barely had any Tulips and had assumed they were dead. Then with the masses of rain in January and February this year, I was certain they would most definitely be dead. But no, I have both the white and ‘black’ (deep purple) ones! Last year the blacks were all gone, so I assume they have risen from the dead.
Photos will have to wait, especially with Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day in two days.