Quiet here…

…due to being away from the laptop, either due to work and non-work committments or due to DIY and gardening tasks, some of which resulted in downtime on my internet connection whilst cables were taken out of the way to facilitate painting. Anyway, since we last spoke, H and I have:

  • demolished the wood store in the garden
  • extended the outside dining area around the barbeque
  • created a new small flower bed by the outside dining area
  • planted various plants including Brachyglottis, Cytisus, arum lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica Crowborough), Oenothera, Osteospermum, a cardoon (Cynara cardunculus), burnt-sugar bush (Cercidophyllum japonicum), magnolia (Magnolia stellata), two clematis (the varieties Henryi and Piilu) and assorted herbs
  • sown seeds of coneflower (Rudbeckia) and sunflower
  • painted the woodwork on the stairs, in the porch and in the master bedroom
  • painted one interior wall of the conservatory – aqua, for turquoise fans
  • painted the troughs along the side of the house and part of the summerhouse
  • visited Borough Market and the Saatchi Gallery
  • spent a day with the in-laws/family.

The garden is certainly beginning to take shape now, particularly as the seeds that were sown last week are beginning to sprout. I’m fairly sure that there are going to be too many of some plants if all the seeds germinate – our small garden is unlikely to be able to accommodate 70 sunflowers – so some judicious thinning-out might be called for in a few weeks time (I expect I might be able to donate some seedlings, if they come out of the ground in good shape, to Sil – depends how they all grow). We also feel like we have made some progress on the house, although we have at least two more full days of painting in the conservatory and porch, just to complete what we have started. The bathroom and kitchen have both been put on the back burner for the time being – maybe we will tackle them as autumn projects before the dark nights set in.
There will be photos, certainly of our trip to the South Bank, and possibly, if I get round to taking some, of the garden.
Also, since we last spoke, my parents’ MP has caused a furore in the Tory party by speaking his mind and then standing his ground – more on this when I have a moment.

3 Replies to “Quiet here…”

  1. I’ve yet to make it out into the garden this year, and all the rain isn’t helping (we have VERY heavy clay ‘soil’ which holds water for months)

  2. What you need is humus. Lots of it. And grit. The cheapest form of humus is spent mushroom compost (the stuff they grow mushrooms on, not composted mushrooms!) – try to find someone locally who will supply it in bulk. Then spread a layer and inch or more deep across your borders and dig it in. Dig a layer of grit in at the same time. You’ll find that your soil improves no end, drains better in winter and holds water better in summer. If you can’t get that, then you need to make your own compost.

  3. The garden is looking great, I too spent much of Monday mowing, strimming, weeding, sweeping and cutting back all the dead bits! Garden looks tidy and things are coming up too I even sat outside on the newly washed down garden furniture and had a cuppa.

    P.S. Any sunflowers greatly appreciated!

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