Notes! Endless notes. November brings leaf fall and rain fall and more jobs seem to get added to the to-do list than crossed off.
I’m sure you know how it is when you do get out into the garden. Today there was a break in the weather, the sun even shined and for a while there, it was quite warm again. I am still grass cutting. Blades raised though to protect the winter lawns and importantly I was lifting the fallen leaves. I know, I know, with tomorrows winds and rain the Oak and Sycamore will cast more leaves on the newly manicured lawn. But that’s what being a gardener is all about and those who do likewise will rejoice at the compost we are creating this month.
As I walk round with the mower, the inevitable list is being created in my mind, to later write down. Dig back the gravel path here and there and sow grass seed instead. Edge the lawn to create the sharp formal line I like. Lift the perennials that had been left behind and replant into the dedicated border. Set up new pots – use the large Gothic styled ones – and plant up Hosta’s, Bleeding Heart and Ferns. Remember, position them before filling as they will be too heavy to move otherwise. I need the pergola arch and full height gate ordering. They need to be in place before Christmas and decked with lights. Oh yes, order the bare rooted English Yew for the new hedge, and plant it before the frosts.
Two Acers are needed and have yet to be ordered to sit alongside the new pergola arch and gothic garden mirrors …. but wait, my to-do list is just getting longer and longer. Next job is to break all this and more down into bite sized activities of no more than an hour to allow time for my caring role too.
I only set out to clear up the fallen leaves. Becoming captivated by the garden is not unusual and I challenge anyone not to get lost and absorbed in what you are doing, be it a garden, window box or even pot plants, nature has a way of doing that.
The light is fading now, I’ve filled a second leaf compost bin, my back is aching, but it’s a good day. Oh no! I’ve forgotten to feed the ericaceous pots with liquid feed to ensure I get Camelia blooms in spring … gotta go! 🙂