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Sunday, 19 April 2020

SID 32 My Garden Needs Me

Sunday: I woke to the third consecutive dry day of full sun. Day one with a cold North Wind was a full warm clothing day but yesterday was very pleasant and almost warmish. Today looks even better. It's meant that the garden which has had two years of less work than it required, now has my undivided attention: 7 hours of it yesterday. So I apologise for my temporary occasional skirmishes into Blogland (usually during a mealtime). This weather won't last for ever and I'm making the most of it.

YOUR GARDEN NEEDS YOU

45 comments:

  1. Take it easy out there. Glad the weather is being kind to you.

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    1. Thank you, Diane. Not quite so many hours of hard labour today. Very enjoyable though.

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  2. Your garden will thank you, Graham! Blogland will still be there when it rains again. Having said that, we really need some of that, and soon!

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    1. Meike, the ground here is still very wet after a winter of rain which has made the job of clearing the weeds etc very much easier. I'm hoping the grass will dry thoroughly so that I can de-thatch it.

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  3. 7 hours! Good God man, take it easy!

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    1. I only did 5 actual hours labour today, Rachel. I had a lot of indoor things to do (Sunday is my bed change and washing day and I managed the ironing as well).

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  4. I'm spending a lot of time in the garden too, although, with the weather having been so dry, it feels strange not having to cut the grass as often as I'm used to.
    I hope we might get to see the results of your productivity :)

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    1. Jules, I can't believe that it's been so dry to the south. It only seems like a few weeks ago that everyone was flooded. My garden now looks fairly weed free and a lot of the old plants have been taken out and I'll plant new ones or move some. Hopefully in the summer I'll have something to show for it.

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  5. Don't overdo it. I am amazed at the current long spell of good weather we have been having over here. Unheard of for this time of year.

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    1. JayCee, I do confess to being a bit stiff this evening. Hopefully I've broken the back of much of the garden although I do have one area which might prove beyond my capabilities - a lot of bushes and grass to be removed.

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  6. Wow, 7 hours! That's wonderful. Please, be careful of your back, and slippery plastic bags on the ground.

    I estimate my tiny garden will be about an hour. The containers can easily stretch to 4 or 5 hours. Sitting admiring the garden, I can manage 7 hours. :)

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    1. Maywyn, My back is holding up but my knees and legs are a bit the worse for wear. Old age cometh not alone. I tried sitting in the sun with a cup of coffee this afternoon imagining what I was going to plant but, whilst I was warm when working, it was uncomfortably chilly just sitting.

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  7. Hoping that you are not too worn out by the marathon garden time. But a warmish, sunny day is not to be wasted. Good luck and stay safe.

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    1. Mary, thank you and yes, a sunny day has to be taken advantage of.

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  8. Gardening is a great activity during this quarantine. I look forward to getting out.

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    1. Red, I wish you luck getting into your garden soon.

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  9. I have also been spending ages in our garden. If this pandemic ever ends, Britain's gardens will have never been in such brilliant condition. Jobs we put off are now being done.

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    1. Absolutely correct, YP. I've actually ripped part of my garden apart and am remodelling it. That wasn't in the plan. Our local garden centre is having problems keeping up with everyone's needs. The daughter and her husband are really running it now and had a website for the gift flowers side of the business which they adapted overnight to deal with the whole business and it's gone mad.

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  10. Our garden needs us as well for the autumn clean up.

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    1. Yes, Susan, I have to say that I'm glad we are coming into the summer because of the opportunities to get into the garden and the long days.

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  11. Your garden might need you but don't try to do what needs to be done by the younger and more agile. And that's not a crack at your accumulated years of youth. It is good to hear you are enjoying the sunshine and what you've been doing!

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    1. Pauline, I'm taking your advice. There is an area I wanted completely clearing but I know that I wouldn't be able to do it and I can't get anyone at the moment. The sun is still shining (well it was before it set a couple of hours ago) and today was the warmest since last summer.

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  12. I'm glad you were able to get outside, it's amazing what you can accomplish in one day out there and the fresh air is even better.

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    1. Absolutely, Amy. I'm loving every minute of it.

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  13. I hope you get time to sit in your garden and enjoy it, after all the hard work you have been putting into it :)

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    1. Margaret, much as I love having my coffee in the garden, I actually prefer to be on the move and either working or walking when I am outside.

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  14. With nothing better to do, my garden is as neat and tidy as ever. I'm now looking around for other things to do.

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    1. Cro, I've managed to delete a couple of non-garden things off my list but I'm going mad with my garden alterations. It's the fault of the weather.

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  15. My two furry mates need me...and I need them. Fortunately, they and I enjoy our solitary existences. :)

    Enjoy the clear, sunny skies while you can, Graham. We won't scold you! Take good care. :)

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    1. Thank you. Lee. I am certainly enjoying my solitary existence even though I usually am a reasonably social animal.

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  16. Hi Graham from a first-time visitor who traveled here from another blogger's site. There's no longer any yard work for us as we are apt dwellers, but friends have been telling us their garden time in recent weeks. I spent awhile looking back over some of your previous posts as I was, at first, uncertain what SID meant, guess I was a bit slow in my thinking and perhaps it was the self-isolation that did that?

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    1. Thanks for your visit and comment Beatrice. I've never lived in an apartment although I wouldn't rule it out if I get to the stage where I can't manage the house and garden but I love my view over the Minch to the Scottish Mainland so much that it'll be a very last resort. In this lockdown I also love the freedom my garden gives me.

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  17. We have somewhere nice to walk and so it's great that the weather is so good. I'm glad it's nice up where you are too, Graham!

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    1. Jenny, you're fortunate living in London to have somewhere nice to walk. I'm not sure that I'd ever be comfortable living in a city again.

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  18. Glad for you that you have your garden! Allergy season is setting in here and I have to take that into account too as to how much time outdoors is good for me... (The other main factor is how far I can trust my own two legs to be willing to take me, as I try to avoid taking the bus now!)

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    1. Monica, we are fortunate usually to have a low allergy factor. The wind and sea probably help us.

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  19. Normally, I'm with you in wishing for good weather, but lately I've been using the near-constant rain to avoid having to go out in public and food shop. Now it's sunny today, which means I am going to have to shower and wash my hair, put real clothes on, and go out in public. WAHHHHHHHHHH!

    In gardening news, my giant bleeding heart is about 4 feet tall, and starting about 200 blooms. Before the whole thing's over, it's going to spread out about 5 feet in diameter and take over half the flower garden. The baptisia is starting to put up shoots, and the peony stems are going on a foot and a half tall. The kwanzan cherry tree is just about to blossom, while the forsythia blooms are succumbing to the leaves coming out now. The redbud tree has yet to fully bloom, but the buds are visible. The peach trees have already peaked, next comes the "garden wedding confetti" when the pink petals shower the druid garden and the chess garden, then it's leaf time. The wisteria is starting to show green leaves. Daffodils are on their way out, columbines are on their way in. There's a hosta takeover in the circle garden. Things are happening!

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    1. Marcheline, I have had a few speculative minutes on the subject of unreal clothes. My garden, however, has some spring bulbs flowering and a few Alpines and that's it.

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  20. A few good days in the garden will have you feeling super accomplished and what's more enjoyable than to have a lovely garden on your own plot

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    1. Kylie, it does make one feel really good mentally and physically. I'm enjoying myself and feeling good, thanks.

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  21. We've not seen/heard from you for a few days, Graham...I do hope all is well with you...and the cause is you've just got lost in the garden...well, not lost literally! :)

    Take god care. :)

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    1. I'm still here, Lee. Thanks for your concern. The garden is on its way to looking good this summer.

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    2. Thanks, Graham...I'm glad to learn you're okay...as is the garden! :)

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  22. Of course, when one's garden calls, and Mother Nature provides good weather and there is no where else to go, you should by all means work in the garden and be outdoors. But 7 hours does seem like an overload of work and hope you were well rested for a day of so afterwards.

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    1. Beatrice, I'm very sorry but I have only just seen that this comment was waiting moderation. I love physical work and pace myself (not that I have a choice nowadays) but I do make the most of it when the weather is good.

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