Brenda sorts out a garden in France
|The bee's knees
As far as I was concerned I would be watching the ‘footie’. It might be our last visit and the house to be possibly sold. No incentive to yet again do the garden.
Never a gardener Peter had been too busy to apply tender attention. It was severely overgrown. In fact it was completely out of control.
Brenda foolishly volunteered to tidy a couple of borders and finished up doing the whole of the near garden dragging me in and shaming Peter into heavy lifting
|A right mess
Some gardeners tell me they get immense satisfaction from transforming an overgrown piece of garden. Such an approach is anathema to me. Whilst giving a small plot micro attention the rest of the garden is going to pot. Weeds grow luxuriantly and plants outgrow their place. By the time you get round to it massive weeds take over and need removing starting that sad cycle of denuding the soil by carting to the compost heap (on a good day, otherwise the tip) and in due course after much hard work composting (and again on a good day if you remember) returning your compost back to the garden.
I preach that the approach to garden maintenance should be little and often. A soft touch regularly made. Weeds recycled in situ and soft prunings returned direct to the ground.
I prefer when I carry out maintenance that nobody notices. You can imagine the scathing retorts I get from Brenda. I have developed a very thick skin.
|Probably unworn since our last visit two years ago we slipped on our boots with some intrepidation
This report gives you a few snapshots of a (fairly) busy week in France
|Talk about a mosaic hedge!
This is the good bit of the hedge! Off camera there are long stretches of dead box. I have previously reported the deadly invasion of box caterpillar. These small box plants were killed by a single infection. Larger box were finished off elsewhere by their second advance
|Peter had a good wheeze to extract the dead box
Compared to pulling the horse box this was a day off for the car
|It worked really well
|Setting about the border
|Oh la la action lady dances on the wisteria
Both the canna and the hemerocallis are residents of the original, even then overgrown garden. I have replanted divisions all over since they moved in.
|Job well done and path can now be navigated
|Peter is starting to worry that the black bamboo I had previously propagated from an already resident plant is going to take over
|A lovely smoke bush - round at the neighbours
The plague originally descended in 2015. Considering continued reports of it appearing in UK gardens the post has proved to be quite popular
I have now had to update my post about the hedge's recovery considering today's report of its demise. I have changed my opinion as to whether to remove it