It was a beautiful day when I went to the Great Dixter Christmas Fair so I took the opportunity and had a wander round the garden. As you would expect it was all looking organised and well-prepared for winter. I was interested to see the nuts and bolts of the herbaceous borders clearly revealed with areas of new planting outlined with canes laid out on the ground. In my own garden I often find that while I am working in a border I will have an idea of what I want to plant in a particular spot only to forget it once the moment has passed. Now I will outline the spot with canes and put a label in, which is easy to do even if the border is still in full growth.
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I’ve temporarily moved my hurdles that keep critters off my raised beds and used them to corral my ever-growing pile of leaves. Over the years I’ve found that if I don’t do this, the heap sprawls into the surrounding area and I don’t get a decent depth of leafmould to excavate. Wire netting inevitably starts to bend and break, so these hurdles should be a good alternative. By the time I need to use the hurdles in the vegetable garden the leaves will have settled and I can restack them into a more compact pile.
I could stand it no longer! Everything in the garden looked SUCH A MESS that I decided I had to make a start on some tidying and take the risk of more cold weather. I began with the woodland area beneath the tulip tree where the matted mass of leaves was concealing cyclamen, snowdrops, lots of self-sown tulipa sylvestris (hooray!) and hellebores. It was an area that had been overrun with wild strawberries that were threatening to choke out everything else, so they have been severely reduced and I’m sure the whole area will look much better for this, especially when I have added a mulch of bark in a couple of weeks.
No sooner had the snow departed than the rain arrived. There was a brief respite on New Year’s Day when I was able to do more than scurry outside and survey the soggy, sagging mess that is my garden. The good news is that once I started tidying the potager I was relieved to discover that beneath all the mess things are in pretty good shape. So, just several weeks hard work and everything should be tickety-boo!
Stop Press – the sun’s just come out.
Thank goodness I had arranged a day’s help in the garden from Kevin, an amiable Scouser, who I can call on when heavy work needs doing. Last week’s log delivery was still sitting on the path, admittedly looking remarkably like an Andy Goldsworthy sculpture, but nonetheless, in urgent need of transport to the log store. He had nearly finished and was looking forward to a little light horticulture, when a delivery of a tonne bag of organic multipurpose compost arrived on a lorry without a crane. The only place it could go was on the driveway in front of the car – which was needed first thing the next morning. So I gathered up every bag I could find and Kevin shovelled and between the two of us we managed to empty the bulk bag sufficiently to heave it out of the way and liberate the car. Remarkably, Kevin was back the next day to move all the potting compost to its final destination. What a trouper!