Sunday, 12 April 2020

Easter Day

A very strange Easter Day, unlike any other there has ever been.   It is so very quiet here on the estate - just the odd person passing on their allowed exercise and maybe half a dozen cars and that's all.   I had a short walk round the block with Percy:  I didn't feel at all like it but I know if I don't struggle round, a couple of weeks and I shalln't be able to.

I had a stroll out into my garden.   Things seem to be visibly growing every day.   The place where I am badly infected with Mares Tail weed has been absolutely full of early bulbs and they have been beautiful.   The weed has not poked through yet - but it will and then, when it has grown to the required length (20cms) it will get one more weed kill.   I don't expect it to do any good but my gardener and I have decided to plant the area with shrubs in the Autumn and just keep hoeing the weed off as it appears next year.

As the day has gone on the sky has clouded and a sharp wind has risen - tomorrow will be



chillier.   But there is still a feeling of Spring in the air and let's cling on to that  - we need a bit of hope.   Take care everyone.

25 comments:

Unknown said...

Hi there sorry to hear you have mares tail. I know you have a gardener who probably knows this but do make sure that before you put any weed killer on that you give it a good bashing to bruise the stems and leaves, that way more of the weed killer will be absorbed by the plant. Good luck.

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

I love your garden area with all the walls and paths. My beds have no such barriers and it's like a jungle at times. It is so nice to see your daffodils. Hope you have a pleasant day! -Jenn

the veg artist said...

Your garden looks lovely in the sunshine. I see why you had a handrail fitted though - it looks quite steep at the back. Much colder today, we even had a little rain.

Lucy Corrander Now in Halifax! said...

Certainly an Easter Day like no other. Life is almost unrecognisable at present and it's hard not to think it's a nightmare that we might wake up from. If only it were a dream! I am part of the group who has to stay in my house completely for three months but am very fortunate that I can see pink and white and yellow blossom from my window.

Sue said...

Your garden is looking very pretty Pat. Yes, much cooler and breezier this afternoon.

Marjorie said...

Oh I loved seeing your pix with green and flowers. Very cheery. Good for you on doing the walk around the block.

Sue in Suffolk said...

It's just gone grey here now, time to shut windows.
Your garden is looking very colourful

gmv said...

I enjoyed your garden pictures. The high rock wall must be nice during windy weather. All the bulbs and flowers look cheery.

Happy Easter

JayCee said...

What a wonderfully neat and tidy gaden. Very pretty.
Cool here too today. Nothing like yesterday's hot sunny weather.
Stay safe and well, and sending thoughts across the water to John too.

Ruth said...

What a lovely garden you have with all your flowers coming on. Enjoy this blessed day! A Happy Easter to you and yours.

Heather said...

Your garden looks so pretty and such a cheering sight. I have been very lazy today - not idle but not very active, so must take a walk tomorrow. Well done to you for taking one today.

jo(e) said...

Oh, that's a lovely garden! But yeah, what a weird and quiet Easter.

Granny Sue said...

What a pretty, tidy garden! Happy Easter, Weaver! Very quiet here too, the only sign of other humans are the neighbors' trucks as they go to church. I am not sure how they're having services but as it is almost all just one extended family that attends there, I imagine they're doing just as usual. Which means we can't go near any of them as most of the neighbors are still working. I guess they think they're young enough not to be vulnerable.

Librarian said...

Thank you for sharing your garden pictures with us. It is a pretty place and looks in good shape in the spring sun.
The evening has become chilly here, too, and tomorrow I guess it will have to be a pair of jeans instead of the capri pants I have been wearing over the last few days, and long sleeves instead of short ones.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Unknown. Thank you for that advice. A gardening friend, who writes for a magazine told me about this about a fortnight ago and I have passed the information on to my gardener. The Mares Tail had two applications of the specialised weed killer last year but it made not a scrap of difference. We shall see this year when he bashes it first.

Thank you everyone for your comments - my post and your answers help the day along nicely now that we are all self isolating.

Rose ~ from Oz said...

I think your garden is interesting and very pretty! Shame about that pesky Mares Tail weed!

wherethejourneytakesme said...

Lovely to have a tour of your garden and see all those bulbs you have carefully planted. We have Mare's Tail in one border at our cottage garden in Scotland and we deal with it by letting it grow about a foot then crushing it with a gloved hand that has a small amount of weedkiller in it to smear across the weed. This has held it at bay quite well but goodness knows what the border will be like by the time we are allowed to travel up to Scotland again - we may have a forest of Mare's tail!
Thank goodness we have had rain tonight my garden here in West Yorkshire was so dry it needed refreshing. x

John Going Gently said...

Thank you
My old friend
Thank u
Jx

Joanne Noragon said...

What a lovely little garden. All the work is paying off.

Cro Magnon said...

It all looks beautiful Weave. I'm not good with flowers, but we have plenty of flowers on our climbers at the moment; Wisteria and Clematis. The scent from the Clematis is amazing.

Bonnie said...

Your garden is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing these lovely pictures. I'm late getting to blogs today but I do hope you had a pleasant Easter. Take good care.

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Your garden is really lovely! But I can see why you are cautious with those steps! The best fertilizer, they say, is the eye of the gardener. You really have your eye on your garden. Good luck with the war with the mare's tail!

Jules said...

The garden is looking lovely, Pat. Yesterday was the quietest I have known it here since lockdown. The nearby supermarkets were closed, so I noticed very little traffic on the roads. X

A Smaller Life said...

Mares Tail really is the scourge of gardeners everywhere isn't it. My Dad fought an ongoing battle with it for years on his allotment, not helped by bordering plots being left untended. I hope this year you manage to zap it for good.

How lovely to see your daffs, apart from one little patch over in Chicken World which is quite sheltered all ours have finished now. We have to enjoy every little bit of nature and colour we have don't we.

Take care xx

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