There has been much activity on the good weather days in the garden. And some on the not quite so good weather days.
The pear trees, gage and everything else I had ordered from J. Parkers arrived as a single delivery a week ago.
So straight on with the planting of the trees. And then trying to work out what pruning, if any, was needed. The conference pear had quite a few branches that I cut back. The Beth pear only had three branches above 18 inches and the Concorde a mere one...
The gage has been installed on the last remaining cane against the wall/railings.
So that completes the trees in the fruit tree bed - assuming they all survive! Still got space for some fruit bushes - I have planted two redcurrants that were cuttings from last year that had rooted. I have some rooted blackcurrant cuttings also in a pot but they will eventually go against the wall on the other side if they survive that long.
So far the only springing into obvious life is from the cherry tree.
I then quickly planted up the plug plant gentians which looked very healthy and monardas which didn't. I keep inspecting them to see if I can see any improvement - I will be lucky to get 4 out of 6 I reckon.
The next day was cold but I needed to plant the dicentras, paeonies and day lilies in the LBE.
However, the weather has improved this week and even Paul has been helping with removal of some of the dead shrubs and playing with bonfires to dispose of them. Two brooms out of the long bank and another small shrub from the high bank.
This then afforded a great opportunity with easy access to get him to cut the buddleia back there down to a stump.
Which in turn gave me the opportunity to relocate an acer from a winter broken pot...
I have done my annual snowdrop transplantation, adding small clumps to the trellis bed bank and the next couple of sections of the LBE.
The trellis bed itself has been tidied up.
Onion sets have been planted in the veggie patch.
The gooseberry bushes have been pruned - I am covered in little scratches now.
I have started on the high bank tidy up - autumn debris removal, nettle and bramble control. It really does get slightly better each year which is just as well as I get achier each year :)
I severely pruned back a couple of spiraeas and made one trip to almost the top to remove an enormous section of an unknown shrubby tree that had split under the weight of snow in the winter. There is a dead looking berberis up there which needs tackling. I am contemplating a total revamp of the middle section, which is still more or less the same as when we moved up here. Apart from three very nice paeonies the plants are not really to my liking. Hacking back the spiraea in the middle has opened it up and I think I may remove it permanently...
The garden is starting to get very colourful. Spring heathers, crocuses, daffodils, tulips, primroses... But my pick of the lot has got to be the hepatica, unfortunately now beginning to fade but I captured it at its peak...
The trials and tribulations of a life of leisure...
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