Oh dear, Boris has gone and blotted his Copy Book again. I don't suppose it will make any difference at all to the outcome of the vote as all those eligible to vote seem to be middle class, middle aged and men. So let's forget about Politics as unless we are a member of the Conservative Party we can do nothing about it. Let's think about Gardening instead.
I bought some plants yesterday and my Gardener kindly nipped round this morning and put them in for me as my garden is too steep for me to go on anything other than the lowest level. Now they are in and watered well. There is a sudden lull in colour. It always happens this time of year. The early Spring stuff (a lot of it yellow or blue) has finished and gone to seed (leave it to seed and see what you get!) and the bedding and most of the perennials are only just coming into flower. Things like my Shasta Daisies, my Lupins, are just beginning to flower so wait a week or two and then I will put a photograph on to show progress. Because of the Mares Tail weed of course there is a whole area not yet planted - my Gardener has enough for one more application of the very expensive specialised killer and he will put it on in about a month. After that we have decided to plant the area up with shrubs and ground cover and just keep working on the dreaded weed by cutting each stem off at ground level as instructed on the weed killer tin.
But two plants have excelled themselves. One is a Perennial Wallflower - not a particularly exciting colour, especially now it has begun to fade, but it has been in flower for months and boy does it attract the bees. I intended to give it a sharp prune today but when I went up to it it was still covered in bees so it stays. The other - and again covered in bees - is a French Lavender. The Perennial Wallflower is a very short-lived plant anyway.
I bought nine different pinks as little plug plants. They have now been in a prepared bed for about three weeks and seem to be doing well. Hopefully they will come into their own next year.
I find Gardening very therapeutic - I am not all that good at the planning and starting this garden almost from scratch and with a framework I may well not have chosen has not been easy. But it has kept my mind occupied. I have quite a big Patio area which needs some work doing on it as the subsoil has sunk in places causing the crazy paving to crack and lift slightly. As water runs aross this area from the field above (only a trickle)
it will need some serious thinking about. It only happens when there is a huge downpour and it happens to many of the houses on the road.
Any minute now H, Tess's friend will ring the bell as she has just rung to ask if she can take Tess for a walk. Need she ask? Tess went insane at hearing her voice on the phone!