After the Op…

I think my daughter coped with her operation very well. I on the other hand should have insisted that my husband took the responsible adult role. The staff nurse who spoke to him afterwards was clear that it’s his role for the foreseeable.

I was taken to see her after the operation and her woozy eye rolling and very visible scar took me by surprise and I started to react in ways that took their care from her. To say that sick bowls were utilised and I needed a change of clothes is enough for you to imagine what transpired. I feel horribly broken that I took nurses away from patients who needed care but I have to accept that I have an anxiety response which is unlikely to change. Visiting hospitals should be done on an empty stomach for sure.

My college where I work has sent students home so no exams for the foreseeable and my oldest daughter’s school have asked her year to stay home using Show Me Your Homework to keep learning. My daughter is recovering on the sofa and my husband working from home so we wait to see if my little one gets to make us a full complement of isolationists. I had a very lazy morning so I went out to shoot some of the flowers attracting lots of bees in the garden.

Parrot tulip
Daffodils
Euphorbia growing through the grass…
I love the apple tree branches.
Budding mature trees…
Mahonia

Seriously gardening this afternoon…

It’s been two hours busy in the garden but just as I got the lawnmower out for the first prune of the lawn since last year and the rain came on…

Guess that job doesn’t need doing except for the two smallest who scoured the grass for offerings from our patient collie so that I could get the lawnmower out. Grr it’s in such a bad state I was actually looking forward to gliding over the grass. But rain scuppers all…

Grass needing culled.

I had to try to get the grass dug up where the raised beds are as a delivery of topsoil comes at the end of the week and it’d be lazy and remiss of me not to get rid of as much dodgy stuff as possible. Several flower beds have reverted to grassy mounds in the last couple of years when I wasn’t able to do so much. So I keep trying to follow best practice with anything new. Despite having football-pitch sized areas of grass, it’s not that great to be honest.

Our purchase of topsoil took us to a place which has cobbles and gravel, as well as patio sets. I could spend a lot more than we did yesterday and create some lovely non-grass areas. I have some squared paper and tracing to get some plans drawn up. Baby steps!

Plastic in an attempt to kill off grass…
Nothing like savaging the buddleia to uncover lovely tulips.
Brown bin is super full…

Hiding from corona?

Just when we were starting to look forward to the Spring, it’s a gone a bit Pete Tong. There’s an epidemic or not an epidemic depending on which country you’re in. UK Government advice seems a bit muddled and not actually following the WHO advice but then we have a prime minister known to lie, lie, and lie his pants off…

I have to take my daughter for her operation and preop to the local hospital and I’d rather be anywhere else. Are we going to be looked after? Undoubtedly. Are we going to be protected? That’s the big unknown. We could be in and out quickly or we could be there overnight. I can tell you which one I’d prefer, but she might need experts looking after her, not anxious mum and dad.

Some bad news: the gardening trip to Harlow Carr and Harrogate Flower Show has been cancelled… I am sad as I was looking forward to it. However on our anniversary we went and ordered some topsoil… it is being delivered on Friday. Woohoo! Serious exercise filling those raised beds! Well you know what I’ll be digging up tomorrow as the beds are resting on grass at the moment. Busyness!

It’s really looking springlike outside and I feel quite positive about not weeding much in March and enjoying the new growth. I am not bothered if the yellow flowers grow or not but there are some very promising tulips popping up. I’ll post some pics of those.

Redoing a bed…

The enormous lavender bush that didn’t survive the storms could have been saved, but I read it too late. I bought three lavender plants in Aldi for six pounds. Not a huge sum, so I’ve allocated one to the same bed with some black eyed Susan and other plants I’ve picked up in Wilkos.

I read that I could have taken cuttings too late. It was consigned to the compost bin…

It felt good to pull out some more ivy and rejig some pots and plant some lilies and black iris into new beds I’ve created round the beds we bought. I’ll get some seeds planted this week if I can. I’m working tomorrow afternoon but I might manage to do it after school drop off.

Another ivy overgrowth to attack tomorrow …

I will take some pics of the newly planted areas tomorrow when it is light.

One man’s weeds…

I ripped out ivy in a lot of gardens last year and it made me see it as a weed. I had been ignoring it in one corner in particular and it was under a lot of stuff which needs composting or putting out for collection. I discovered a slab which had anchors for a statue…

Before
After

A couple of hours and the ivy is no longer holding up (or onto) the fence. I’ll find my patio knife to get the last of it off. I wonder if my gardening neighbour next door will notice the absence of lots of ivy?

Some semi-composted waste has joined the compost bin. And it has been shuffled around to see if rotation will help it. It’s still nowhere near as impressive as some I saw last year – I still feel such a novice despite picking up lots of helpful tactical tips. It’s still early enough this year to get planting and growing for those areas of the garden where my previous planting has been overcome with weeds.

I’m also still searching for a top soil supplier for those new vegetable beds. It will need one of those tonne bags I think. Suggestions on an email please? The gardener’s work is never done…

Prickles from brambles, wild roses and standard roses… oh and dead leaves.

Hmmm…

Life is never simple. My daughter has to have surgery. We went to Lister, then QE2, then Lister again to get the news and we’re on waitlist for surgery. I get to go in with her. I wonder how it will improve my chances, or hers, of catching Coronavirus? The virus which is being touted as an epidemic which hits the elderly/poorly hardest?

Blossoms…

Joy of joys. Can’t even hit the garden to calm my frazzled nerves as I am booked in the hairdresser this morning… I am immunocompromised like most MSers, but I didn’t take the chemo route last year which would have left me weaker. I’ll take that as a win, but I know others who must be worried. But we’re MS Warriers, too, we don’t let the monsters win.

We’ve got beds to fill when I have time…

I have an anniversary to plan, too. We had the decade last year so it’s not a major number, but we’ve got a lunch to attend and other things. Life goes on. Harrogate Flower Show and RHS Harlow Carr are a trip I booked last year which is coming up fast. Hope the supposed epidemic calms down by then… as I’m looking forward to seeing friends who moved in that area a few years back.

Planting in February!

Ok it was beautiful in the garden today. There was also plenty to do.

I filled the bottom of the big garden beds with black plastic to kill off the grass, which has couch grass in so I don’t want to leave it to grow up into the soil when we get it. Some turf I did dig up to plant some of the perennials I’ve bought to bring a little bit of my favourites into the garden, as well as some new favourites I’ve found in other gardens in North Herts. I’ve planted some lavenders I picked up in Aldi, some black iris, deep red lilies and some black eyed Susan’s I’ve found in Wilkos.

Thyme from Aldi…

I used my tools better having learned how to clean them and use them, including the half moon which I have used to cut the grass edge. I pulled up the old lavender bush so I have been discussing how to reinstate my herb garden and make it more usable. I made mistakes with some of the choices and I am thinking it is nicer to have mixtures of plants, flowers and herbs all over the garden. Some things work and others don’t and I am not professionally trained in horticulture but I want to start to make the garden attractive in different ways.

One thing though, I think the dog isn’t impressed that her view of the squirrels from the base of the apple tree has changed so she is having to find a new vantage point…