Friday, 20 May 2016

Not such green fingers.....

So the garden is taking shape, slowly, very very slowly, but it has gone from this.......


To seeing Paul, our very patient landscaper getting almost to the end of the marathon.....


and in the meantime, I have developed a sudden and quite inexplicable obsession with gardening. Now you must understand that I haven't a clue what I am doing. There were lots of large shrubs in the area that has been paved over, so I dug them up and planted them in other parts of the garden. 

Then I watched Gardeners World on the TV, which told me that you should put a few handfuls of compost or something into the hole you have dug for the shrub. So I rushed out and bought the stuff, pulled the poor shrubs back out of the ground, added the compost stuff and put them back. Poor things.....

Especially when, a few days later, as the landscaping progressed, I thought 'hmm, I think I planted this yellow bush in the wrong place', out it came again to be replanted in a totally different spot. So far, everything seems quite perky, even the plants that were uprooted three times before they reached their final resting place look okay, but I bet if plants have any sort of sensors, they want to curl up and die when they see me approach with my little trowel in my hand

The other thing I have learnt is that some plants that I have been nurturing - great big tall spiky things, I gave them a good feed of fertiliser - turn out to be a rather nasty weed. Well, how was I to know? And how is it that garden plants that you have to nurse along as if they are babies, fertilising them, watering them, staking them, grow at a snails pace, whereas weeds that get no attention at all, spread like a wildfire and grow at a staggering speed.

The final thing I have discovered (well, apart from the fact that you can spend the equivalent of the gross national income of a small country just in one visit to a garden center) is that someone invented gardening gloves as a necessity, not as a fashion accessory. I tend to forget this, so my nails (never my best feature) and hands now look as if I have taken a new job helping those guys who are permanently restructuring our motorways. 

Finally for today, it's Max's ninth birthday today, here is the card I made for him - suitably quirky I hope. Milo was seven yesterday. Happy birthday boys!   



14 comments:

  1. I enjoy your posts so much, I always get a chuckle! I look forward to pix of the finished garden. TFS hugs jess

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  2. You have such a great sense of humor and I love reading your posts. Your gardens look beautiful. I can imagine you'll be spending loads of time out there.
    Love your card, absolutely is suitable quirky, I'm sure he loved it. Happy Birthday to the boys. Thanks!

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  3. Beautiful landscaping Enfys. You made me laugh just reading your post as I found myself in a similar position a few years ago. Now hopefully you can sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labour. Love your card and I know it will be loved. Hugs Rita xxxxx

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  4. Real cutie of a card Enfys - I'm sure it will be adored.
    The garden is coming together fabulously. It looks like it is going to be a wonderful space to sit and enjoy when it's done.
    Toni xx

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  5. Distinguishing between 'real plants' and weeds can be a challenge indeed. I 'inherited' a few pots of herbs after our neighbour moved, and I was happy to detect a single sprig of basil popping up in one of them, together with a weed, or so I thought. But according to our landlord this is in fact a type of salad the locals love to eat. So I moved the basic to another pot and left the salad weed in the other.
    Looking forward to see the final pictures of your garden. it's looking promising so far.

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  6. Oh wow Enfys your garden is looking beautiful. I LOVE gardening, mine is tiny but I still spend hours out there, it is where a lot of my inspiration comes from. Gloves are a total necessity and even though I always where them good hand cream is vital too. Enjoy! I love your sweet card! x

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  7. Your posts always make me smile, Enfys! The garden is looking fabulous, despite your antics - though I have to say, I tend to move my garden around more than my furniture, so my poor plants probably feel the same way when they see me coming! I hava a passion for plants but I'm just not a very good gardener, my ethic is 'stick it in and see if it grows'. Mum often asks if I've fed my plants - I do have feed in the shed but it never seems to make it's way onto the garden, so you're ahead of me already! It won't be long and you'll be able to relax and enjoy it!
    Love Max's birthday card - just perfect for a nine year old boy! Hugs, Lisa x

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  8. Wow! Your garden is gorgeous, what a lovely transformation. Maybe the plants like because your because you found them a prettier home. Happy birthday M&M. Love the dard.

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  9. What a transformation! It looks wonderful. I'm sure the moving around of the shrubs was worth it xxx

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  10. Happy Birthday Max! Belated Happy Birthday wishes for Milo! I love the card!
    Oh my, you have been a busy lady, your yard looks amazing! I'm sure you are anxious to go out there and just sit and enjoy your beautiful yard!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  11. Cool card. The garden is looking great. I go with if it lives great, if it dies don't buy it again. Unless it's really really pretty and you can't live without it. Any plant is a weed if it's something you don't want. There are some very pretty weeds out there. Enjoy. Hugz

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  12. Your garden is looking superb! On another note, suitably quirky was achieved on the card! Hope the boys' Birthdays were wonderful, and your garden is joyful soon!

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Enfys x