Someone who commented on my post yesterday said how she liked the look of the design of my garden and how she couldn't wait to see what would come up in a few weeks time.
I am afraid the answer to that is simple. The lady who lived here was not the slightest bit interested in gardening so almost nothing is planted. There are several elderly, sad shrubs, which are sadly in need of taking out and replacing, there is a rockery but all there is in it is one cluster of snowdrops.
The other side of the path on the top layer has got an infestation of Mares Tail - a weed which is impossible to eradicate however hard you try.
You will have noticed that the garden is steep and has been terraced. The bottom tier can be reached by standing on the patio so I have planted up two areas with a lot of Spring bulbs, which are just beginning to come through. I am about to go to a garden centre and choose five new shrubs, which my gardener will plant for me. I shall then buy a selection of rock plants for the top tier, but I shall be unable to plant this up as I feel totally unsafe climbing up to that height. As to the side with the Mares Tail, then I have no idea what to do there.
The front garden, which is quite large, is entirely lawn. I might possibly get my gardener to cut out a bed and plant something in it to relieve the monotony - I haven't decided yet. Spring needs to come first.
No sign of it today though. The snow which fell yesterday has remained, there is a strong wind blowing and it is bitterly cold. To add insult to injury, when I switched my television on this morning to watch the News I just got a black screen and a sign saying No Signal and it has been like that all day. The television engineer has just been and he has been out most of the day doing exactly the same thing. For some reason I was not picking up the signal from the North East and Cumbria transmitter - it had changed for one further down the country which I was unable to access. Five minutes and it was sorted. But sod's law there is absolutely nothing I want to watch on television tonight - shall have to look on iplayer if all else fails.
My son (who is on Half Term this week) has kindly been and taken Tess out twice today for me. Apart from the cold and the biting wind it is also very slippery underfoot and I am afraid of falling. The weather forecast is that it is set to get
slightly warmer over the next few days - can't come soon enough for me.
I cooked a nice, warming vegetable soup for my lunch- all manner of veggies I had left from the weekend. It was delicious. Also in my Remoska I cooked a pork sausage casserole of good quality sausage with onions, garlic,sweet potato and an apple. That was good too and there is enough left for tomorrow. You need good, warming food inside you in cold weather like this.