Yesterday was almost a perfect day for me, the sun shone and there was enough of a breeze to stop me from overheating.
I went to the garden centre and found all the plants that were on my list, and used a voucher. deep Joy.
I spent lots of time in the garden, without working too hard.
Whie clearing a sadly weedy patch I found this gem.
Mt apple trees are in full bloom and are busy with bees of all shapes and sizes.
The new shrubs are planted and mulched, they look a bit like currants in a cheap bun right now but will soon grow together. There is a Weigela Variegata, a Philadelphus Snowflake, a Cytisus Aprcot Gem, a Ceanothus Blue Mound and in the front an Erysimum Winter Passion. These should give me colour and fragrance for much of the year, at least the part when I am likely to be outside.
(I also found an apple tree, a Bramley, which is in the ground. I know that I said that a Howgate Wonder was on my wish list, well I have one of those being delivered later in the week. Woo Hoo.)
The structure behind them is a screen for my hedgehog house ,I have started to train a bramble over it for protection and shelter. The rhubarb in the foreground will be moved this Autumn, into one of the raised beds and I will find a low growing shrub to take its place.
This is my standard Ilex, a female,there is one berry left and a smothering of flowers opening up. Because it is so windy here I have it in a pot but will be finding a sheltered spot for it in the garden for planting this Autumn.
And now for some knitting and a conundrum.
These are the latest pair of socks, the colours match right up to the start of the heel flap. Then they go haywire, I am knitting them in tandem, as usual, but one ball of yarn has just gone into a different colour rotation. Both balls are the same dye and batch number, they are both on the same brand and size needles. There are no knotted joins anywhere, I am stumped but not about to frog anything out.
These are for Francesca and pattern matching does not figure in her vocabulary. It just BUGS the life out of me.
I will get them finished and tucked away in her birthday bag and forget about them.
Today will be a gentle day, a little time out in the garden, some bark needs moving from the car, it smells like a pine forest in there.
I have a fence to put up during the week so will collate all the materials for that.
Ben had a long walk this morning as I was daydreaming, then we met a young Springer Spaniel, called Gypsy, who decided that Ben was worthy of affection and then that my pocket was a good place to climb into.
20 minutes later we resumed our walk home.
I have a load of washing almost ready to go out and then I think that I will strip the sofa of throws and cushion covers.
Perhaps I might make a cuppa as well. Enjoy the rest of the weekend everyone.
All those shrubs you have just planted are on my list for the front garden which is very bare. I love Weigela and Philadelphus especially.ReplyDelete
I also love that you have a house for hedgehogs-x-
I put the house in after finding a young hedgehog bumbling round the garden last year. I have stayed well away from it but from the empty and broken snail shells in the garden I think that it was occupied.Delete
I got tired just reading your post! What a lot of gardening you accomplished. Love your hedgehog house! Pretty yarn for your socks. I knit them one at a time and never worry about or try to match them (too new to knitting socks).ReplyDelete
My garden is fairly small but I am getting as much as possible into it without overcrowding. I am a bit OTT about pattern matching, no one elseseems to notice or care.Delete
Love your garden, and I have to say your socks look better than mine but I have just cast on the second one and am making great strides on my granny square blanket and nearly finished my v necked jumper just got to sew it up and do neck band, I do love to see what you are making and doing and hope you are feeling OK, I know just what it's like to keep having tests lol.ReplyDelete
I finished the socks this morning and decided to use the magic knot and make a huge ball from my leftover sock yarns. I will then make a granny stripe blanket for someone, I have no room for another blanket in the house.Delete
You are going to have a lovely garden.ReplyDelete
I hope so Jackie. There is not much left to do now.Delete
I am impressed with your garden I daren't show you mine, it has sadly been neglected for sometime and will take some work. I do wonder about the change of colour in your yarn, one of life's little hiccups.ReplyDelete
It has taken 3 years to get this into shape, and I am sure that each successive year will bring more jobs.Delete
I am making the most of this dry sunny weather clearing up in the garden around the house, I have made a promise not to buy any more plants until I have planted out what I have got in potsReplyDelete
I have vowed not to buy any yarn until the stash is reduced by at least half.Delete
I so envy people who can knit complicated things. The socks look lovely just what I need today as it feels so cold. Where is the sun????ReplyDelete
We have had a good run of sunny days but the tide will change soon I have no doubt. My first pair of socks were an adventure but as soon as I worked out my favourite "recipe" they are a doddle.Delete