Friday, 12 July 2019

Gardeners

The weather is never right for us gardeners.   It doesn't seem all that long since we were complaining we needed a bit of sun.    Now we are complaining that we desperately need rain and we are watering newly planted plants like mad.   I have fairly recently planted up a new square in the front of my bungalow with a collection of evergreens and one or two plants of Carex grass.  In the Autumn I intend to add a lot of spring bulbs - not an original idea, there is another small plot Tess and I pass on our morning walks that fits this pattern and I admire it greatly.   But newly-planted evergreens need well watering until they are firmly established, so my gardener has fitted me a hosepipe on the outside tap so that I can gently give each plant a drink without carrying cans of water.   We had a tiny shower this evening - at least it made the leaves receptive to taking in water,

My gardener usually comes once a week to mow my largish front lawn but for some reason he has missed a week.   So now I have a lovely lawn of Birds'Foot Trefoil - I shall be quite sad to see it go.

I have enough weed killer specialised for Mares Tail weed left for one more application.   My gardener is going to do that on the first still day (we live in a windy area) and then after that we are going to plant the area with shrubs and just keep hoeing the mares tail as it comes through.   Enough is enough.   All gardeners have their cross to bear and mares tail is mine.   I have just walked round the garden and the midgies are biting!

11 comments:

Sue said...

I like the idea of evergreens and Carex grass together. I'm thinking of doing something similar to the front of our place once the builders have finished.

Heather said...

Grasses have their own beauty and with shrubs and spring bulbs your bed will be furnished throughout the year with something of interest. We have had some quite threatening looking clouds on and off for days, but not a drop of rain. An outside tap is a boon in a long dry spell.

Tom Stephenson said...

Heavy rain here last night at around 3.00am when I woke up on the sofa.

JayCee said...

We have had a fair amount of rain. No midges yet but they will most likely be around soon.

Granny Sue said...

Same story here--either we get a deluge or not enough rain, and never, it seems, a good balance.

Joanne Noragon said...

I've always been suspicious of grasses. They get too big, in my experience.

angryparsnip said...

We all have problems mine right now is high temperatures and wind !
Please take a photo when you can of your garden.
parsnip

Cro Magnon said...

Since my neighbour built an 8 ft height wall between his pool and our orchard, Mares Tail has started to grow. It wasn't growing there before, nor does it grow anywhere nearby. I wonder where it came from?

Derek Faulkner said...

Here on Sheppey we're starting to look like we did in last year's drought. The marsh across the road from me is looking dry and yellow in all directions and my front garden has cracked borders and yellow lawns. Yesterday was a day of hot sunshine and a gusty wind, a combination that sucked every last drop of moisture up from the gardens.

thelma said...

Perhaps it is a good thing that the world doesn't work like clockwork but I would dearly love some rain.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Cro - according to a chap I heard ona Radio gardening programme some years ago - it is a pre historic plant.

No rain here but a very black sky.