Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Wet Day

A gloriously wet day here today - the garden looks so good - a lot of work done on it yesterday and then a really good water today.   What could be better.   I see the Mares Tail is just coming through.   It has to be at least twenty centimetres tall before it is beaten down and sprayed with weed killer so much to my gardeners horror that does give time for the wonderful big pink poppies that have seeded themselves all over the place  to grow a bit taller, flower and spread seed.   Actually Mares Tail is not ugly to look at, it is really quite an attractive plant, but - like Ground Elder and Creeping Buttercup - if left to its own devices it will take over the whole garden.

This morning I got up, had my breakfast, tidied the whole bungalow, set off the dishwasher, took my book and went back to bed.   I had no intention of going out in the rain, I had nothing specific to do, the bungalow was chilly so I thought bed was the best place.    I didn't get up until almost mid day - dozed, read, did the mind games in The Times- after lunch (fish pie with savoy cabbage - half yesterday and half today) I went through the house with spray polish and a duster (I hoovered through the day before yesterday) and when the rain eased off for half an hour I tidied up on the patio after yesterday's gardening.

My ankles and mobility were so very bad last evening after my afternoon working in the garden that I feared I had overdone it and would still be unable to walk today - but I am back to normal which pleased me greatly.   The Repair Shop and The Sewing Bee this evening -always a favourite day of the week.   See you tomorrow.

21 comments:

Derek Faulkner said...

Rained all day here on Sheppey as well Pat, so a brief respite for the gardens and farmland. At the moment indoors it feels quite cold and damp and not summery at all.

crafty cat corner said...

I find that I suffer if I do too much or even carry a heavy bag of shopping. Gone are the days when I could dig the garden or clean the house from top to bottom.
As you say the 'Sewing Bee' is on tonight, I enjoy that a lot but not much else gets my attention for tonight. Will have to read.
Briony
x

Rachel Phillips said...

The wet weather probably doesn't help your ankles.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

It's been threatening to rain all day here and there have been a few sharp showers. Not a very accurate forecast from the Met Office who predicted an 80% chance of heavy rain for about five hours today. There's an area of Mares' in the Cambridge Botanic Garden which seems to stay the same size year after year - I must ask how they do it some time.

justjill said...

You do a heck of a lot more than me! Your garden sounds lovely. We have ground elder......

Sue said...

No cycling for me in this wet weather. I shall record Sewing Bee and watch it tomorrow, I'm off to bed to read.

Heather said...

I woke up to gentle rain here too this morning. Everywhere smelt so cool and fresh and I could imagine all the plants slurping up the moisture.
Glad your legs didn't suffer from the previous days activity. It is hard to pace oneself at times.
I never miss The Repair Shop if I can help it. It is my favourite TV programme and never disappoints.

the veg artist said...

Glad your ankles are better today. Very wet here, but we need it. It will fill the greenhouse water butts back up as well as green up the lawns.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Quite right Rachel about arthritis and wet weather - my Physiotherapist says it is always dependent upon the air pressure and is much worse when wet weather is coming.
John - Please do ask them how they control that Mares Tail for me. Sorry you didn't get the rain - we have really had rain for most of the day.
I love the Repair Shop too and am always amazed at their expertise.

Thanks everyone for calling.

Tom Stephenson said...

Mare's Tail is an ancient plant. You can find fossils which look almost the same as the ones in your garden.

Joanne Noragon said...

I like getting up the next day after over doing and feeling just fine.

Bonnie said...

It's so good to hear you are feeling well today. After working so hard yesterday you deserve an easy day of rest today!

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

I'm glad to hear you are back in "fighting form". We have had a deluge of rain / thunder / lightning round about supper time here and it's still rumbling away hours later. Everything is growing like mad. I don't have Mares Tail, but have my own invasive plants in place of it. -Jenn

Derek Faulkner said...

There is also an aquatic version of Mares Tail. It has gradually covered from side to side several of our fleets and ditches on the nature reserve here on Sheppey.

Librarian said...

Here, there has been a steady drizzle coming down from a solid grey sky almost all day yesterday; so welcome for the gardens, fields and woods, and ideal for a day spent working at my desk - not missing out on anything!
I am glad to know your busy day did not lead to more pain. Spending part of the day in bed is lovely when the weather is like that!

thelma said...

I have creeping buttercup everywhere in the long bed but am ever hopeful that dense planting of perennials will keep it at bay. Sitting and reading a book is a good rest so do plenty of it.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Yes Tom, you are right about Mares Tail - I heard one of the Garden Experts call it a Prehistoric Plant.
Derek - in a recent gaden make over programme one of the 'experts' planted that aquatic mares tail in a new pond. My thoughts at the time were that the owners of the property would live to regret it.

Thanks everyone in this wet morning.

Bovey Belle said...

We had about an inch of rain overnight, if the pond level is anything to go by. MUCH needed, especially by the farmers who were staring draught and no grazing or winter feed in the face a couple of weeks back.

Sorry your Mare's Tail isn't beaten yet but I am guessing it has been growing there ever since the Dinosaurs were around so it doesn't want to leave home yet! I once found a fossil one which is on my pine dresser in the kitchen.

I'm glad you were mobile after all that gardening.

George said...

You seem to have a knack for making the best out of any day, Pat. By the way, I am quite impressed with your ability to name all of the wildflowers you encounter each day. Americans enjoy wildflowers as much as anyone, but they are generally ignorant of the names. I try to do better at this each year.

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