It's been a gorgeous week, weatherwise, and so, after a typical Autumn mist start, the sun continued today. Gardening, then.
A three kilo bag of mixed narcissi have been staring at me from the shelf by the front door for a good couple of weeks now, so, egged on by Monty Don who says it is time to establish bulbs NOW, I started by planting up four pots specifically for the courtyard. And then I thought, what I really want to do next year is have a supply of flowers I can cut specifically for the house. A useful piece of ground has revealed itself from under all the brambleage going on by the greenhouse - I even found a fence! - so the rest of the daffs went in here...
...and then I went into the greenhouse and planted 153 (yes, I counted!) sweet peas seeds of various types and colours.
In my mind, the sweet peas are going to climb up, well let's call it a 'sweet pea avenue', which will form part of the new vegetable plot area. Andy has been working on the trenches for the hedges for the vegetable plot, mostly because there was a lot of digging to do in heavy clay and I have weak girly wrists and he is a MAN....ggrrrrrrr!!!
As you can see from the first photo, he's had his manly fire pit going this morning to get rid of weeds 'n' stuff. The trenches are dug and manured, there will be a gated access in two sides of the hedge so we can easily reach the 4, (or is it 5 compost bins?) we have, and it is from one of these gates the sweet pea avenue shall extend. At last tot up, we think we'll end up with at least 10 goodly sized raised beds. The swings will go, I'm afraid. They might be relocated. We shall see.
Some excess soil from the trenches has gone into the old bath, which is now official home to the strawberries. I shall disguise the sides of the bath with pots and containers filled with flowers and herbs. Just so it doesn't look like we have a tatty old bath in the garden. Which we do, but - well, you know what I mean!
This is the hens' new house wot Andy built. I have just cleaned it out.
And next to where the new vegetable plot is sited are the fruit cage and the frame for the polytunnel, waiting for some new polythene. The idea is that you can walk into the polytunnel and straight through into the fruit cage. It's a space efficiency exercise. And will also cut off one of the potential access points for the naughty garden birdies and their fruit eating ways. Also, the polytunnel will (fingers crossed) be sheltered from the winds that whip across the fields.
And talking of naughty birdies, here is the gang o' hens, who are doing sterling team work death unto all the dandelions I am pulling up...
From left to right: Nellie, Nora, Nancy, Camilla and Primrose. Please excuse Primrose - she is looking a bit raddled because a) she has just moulted and is in mid-new-feather growth and b) she is knocking on a bit and the Olay isn't quite hitting the mark.
Leaves are falling from the trees. Grass growth has slowed (thank goodness!) and life in the garden is winding down. But preparations for next year continue apace! We've been at Damson Cottage for four months and one day. I think we're cracking on okay. Don't you?
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