Wednesday, 28 April 2010
A little work in the garden - Part 52
I am still in recovery mode from the dentist, and although I am feeling very much better, I do not feel 100%. I am aware that something is not quite right!!! Oh well, guess I must just keep myself busy and hopefully I will forget. I return for a nerve block and crown on the 18th and 26 May, so I hope that will then be the end of it all. Nigel arrives on the 25th for a few days, so I have at least something to look forward to.
Today I have dug a new flower bed where we had some peonies growing out of the lawn. They pop up every year, but they have been so overgrown with weeds and long grass, that I thought this year I would allow them to breathe a bit. They must have been planted years ago, in what I presume was originally a flower bed, but it had been allowed to grow over. When we first bought the house, there was no sign of the peonies and the grass had grown over the top. The first I knew about them was a couple of years ago when the grass had been too wet to cut. I saw these plants growing faster than the grass and I then discovered what they were. Obviously they are very hardy, as they have certainly taken a few knocks. As they are all in bud now, I hope in the near future I can show you a picture of them in full flower. Last year's hailstorm hit them for six!
I also hit all the stakes for the rabbit fence a bit further into the ground today, as I decided that more of the netting was going to be required under the soil level to stop the rabbits burrowing under. Internet advice is that a depth of 150mm (6 inches) should be enough, but I think I have it now so I can get 200mm (8 inches) of netting below ground. I sincerely hope this will keep the little critters in next door's garden and away from mine!!
I found this chap in the house this morning. I really do not like them at all, although I know they keep down the mosquitoes etc. They remind of the big rain spiders we used to get in South Africa but these are less aggressive. This local variety measures about 60mm (2 ½ inches) across body and legs.
I also heard my first cuckoo today, so spring must very definitely be here.
Photo credit http://www.treehugger.com/cuckoo-bird-photo1.jpg