This unseasonably warm April is just perfect for the Easter hoildays, I have got lots of gardening done. On Monday I planted some bee and butterfly friendly flowers in the garden and started some more seeds off. Tidying the borders, I dug up the strawberry plants and gave them a new home in some hanging baskets, hopefully won’t be such a snail trap now! Unless the snails have climbing gear or small light aircraft of course.
Bought an apple tree! yeah thought I had made a perfect for a small garden and patio choice but on closer inspection… oops. But it is soo pretty covered in blossom, we will have to wait and see with that one.
Still trying to catch a shot of the Blue Tits, they have been very close to me in the garden but I hadn’t seen them coming and going from the bird box. I was worried after seeing a cat bold as brass sat underneath the bird box in full view from my kitchen window… cheeky devil I gave him a fierce chastising, I am relieved Percy is a house cat!
Woke up bright and early ready for the delivery of 10 bags of pea shingle and 3 of bark for the garden. Got off to an unfortunate start moving it from the front garden, misjudged the weight of the first bag of pea shingle and smack the trolley handle hit me hard on the mouth. Luckily I escaped broken teeth and a fat lip and all the bags were moved without further incident.
The pea shingle was needed in the greenhouse to cover the floor and the bark was for the chicken run and the path leading to it. I must say all looks much improved but I am feeling very tired.
Well it is non stop in my Gnome garden….. my cloche arrived yesterday so I prepared my raised bed and planted 2 rows of beetroot (three different kinds red white and golden) and a row of carrots. In the greenhouse I planted seed potatoes in bags, and sowed more seeds. agh my back aches today.
The hens are such good company in the garden, although safe in their run they watch my every move. Chatting to me as I pass reminding me to throw random slugs and worms in for their pleasure. I have noticed Gertie (The Speckled Hen) despite her size always seems to grab the offerings first, I do keep trying to give poor Daphne a chance by throwing a dummy to Gertie, but all the happens is a kerfuffle of squawking, feathers and dust. This very morning I found a slug who overnight had dared to destroy a self set sunflower seedling. He was literally *toast* for my three lovelies breakfast. Unfortunately they were so desperate to get there first, they charged towards me flapping madly in their fresh ash filled dust bath. I was covered in dust and the slug was lost in the confusion, free to murder more plants later.
Got lots done today, planted loads of seeds and potted on plants that were getting a bit leggy. Bought hanging baskets, willow wigwams and ordered a cloche (which arrives tomorrow! thank you Amazon and Gerry’s credit card).
Tried to photograph the Blue Tits going in and out of the bird box, but not quick enough sorting out the camera and zoom lens! so I have left the camera set up in the kitchen ready and waiting for the next photo opportunity.