Charged and raring to GO!

That hand-held hedge trimmer got my oldest into the front and onto the front strip to help me with the hedge! Result! Came ever so quick too! Must hunt for a wheelbarrow in similar ways…

These have bloomed again! And my slab area is cleared… so sand is required.

I finished cutting turf where the slabs are to go so I need sand and lime to put down. But the area is far from flat… not buying a roller! And we have soil mountains between the horse chestnut and sycamore. I nearly deadheaded the stripy rose chucking those about. The garden is being reshaped as I write, and whoever inherits it from us is also going to take a journey. (Not that I am in any hurry to shuffle off this earth place.

I am too busy shouting on social media for that. Government suddenly announced dentists can open – to the shock of said dentists – with only a matter of days notice. Seriously? Maybe my oldest can get her brace fixed… we can pick up some cakes today to celebrate! I know!

Covered with the weed membrane…
Hedge looks neater, cut down a few rowan in there…
Front strip

Rashly ordering gadgets…

My front hedge is starting to look like the individual bushes it is, so I ordered a hedge trimmer. Let’s see whether delivery will be tomorrow? Oh I’ve hexed it now! I even nearly applied for a job, until I realised it was not in Stevenage (the email header lied!) but as a medical editor with six years experience was required I baulked when I realised it was actually in Cambridge. It was three days a week! My ideal! But not if it involves an hour a day of travelling which I can’t/won’t be rushing to do.

Missed this with the lawn mower…

The kids are on holiday! Yay! But it’s halfway finished and my husband is still working in the shed. And in case anyone thinks I spent a lot on the trimmers, I did not! This brand was not a household name and it was less by £9… thank you! I know there are all sorts of arguments about buying local but when shops are not open, what you gonna do?

Cosmos gifts

We are still planting stuff and weeding. Next door gave me white cosmos and my gardening magazine (my reward for braving Tesco?) came with acquilegia seeds. Lots to do today and no need to be glum. Even children have spoken to me today!

Strawberries!
Can you spot a not weed?

Funny Old World!

Rules are changing by the day and councils are refusing to open schools… In the North of England the councils have taken a stand. We don’t have firm science yet so keeping kids at home may be more likely than not. The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge’s are homeschooling and when they send George and Charlotte back is a good indicator that it is safe. However they have nannies etc to keep lessons going… My kids are in the inbetween groups: y4 and y8. So probably not going back till September… I won’t have peace or the house to myself till then.

Better keep working on the garden then… it’s my sanctuary but it is still needing hard landscaping and the weeds are growing apace! The only way to get rid is hard work. I am not a fan of heavy-duty weed killer or wanting to resort to a flame thrower.

I am so proud that my youngest likes the wave of purple on the front – a purple rainbow was actually her words. We were off to pick up breakfast supplies from her school: bagels and shreddies but left the (catering tins of) beans for others.

Alliums and peonies create a rainbow 🌈
Not quite fully out but these christophii are my favourite alliums.