After weeks of living in the garden, the skies darkened and along with torrential rain we have had a couple of evenings of thunderstorms. This morning it has rained continuously, stopping just before lunch.
The garden is looking very grateful and abundant, the leaves have perked up and I feel sure the fruit has grown larger. Strolling round the sodden garden and taking photos of how things are progressing it’s all looking very promising.
I finally paid a visit to the local garden centre and I’ve been playing catch up, planting everything a bit later than I usually would but I now have veg and herbs.
The goosberry bush that had been in the garden for the last five or so years came to a sticky end at the weekend. It had never thrived and was looking denuded of leaves and covered in lichen so Philip dug it up. We were going to move it to a sunnier spot at the other side of the garden, unfortunately once out of the ground it fell to pieces. I love gooseberries so we went straight down to the garden centre again and bought a new one, fingers crossed for a harvest next year.
Another loss to the garden has been our beloved old lime tree. It has slowly died over the last few years but has been a stopping off point for all sorts of birds (see goose sitting on top of it in the top middle photo) and hung with bird feeders it was quite a social venue for them. We also had rune pennants hanging from it and it felt quite magical.
Philip leaned against it the other week and the whole thing rocked slightly. We knew it was time to do something about it so we sought advise and were told it needed to come down. Just a few days later and after a socially distanced felling event! It was gone. As it hit the ground it turned mostly to sawdust and the rest is dotted around the garden nourishing the soil.
It looked so wrong with nothing there that we have already planted another tree. Before we did though, we dug lots of wood out of the soil and replaced it with five bags of topsoil and a bag of compost. We now have a sorbus (mountain ash) in its place:
I can’t remember why Philip had the water spray (below), or why he is clearly going to use it as a weapon! The other two photos, taken today show my garden candles (perfect for evenings in the garden and now each with a puddle of water sitting in it) and a pretty corner, I can’t remember the name of this climber that I planted last year but it has lovely blue flowers.
An afternoon in the house today and I may well carry on with the books I’m reading.
I might also get on with the bag I intend to make for myself from a felted embroidered jacket that I ruined by washing it. It was a gift and I loved it so I really want to turn it into something nice.
I am still working, I’ve made some jewellery this week. After a break for lack of inspiration, I felt refreshed enough to get back to it and it felt good to pick up my tools.
Many of the people I have spoken to recently have had things of varying severity to deal with, it has been a time like no other that’s for sure. I’m signing off now and wishing wellness and happiness to you all.
Ps You might have noticed that I added My before the title of my blog. That’s because it’s my spicy philosopy (i.e my own attitude to life) rather than me being Spicy Philosophy! That always felt wrong, so it just goes to show how organised I am that it’s taken several years for me to get round to changing it.