Archive for November, 2011

I’ve got lists and lists of stuff that needs doing at work, in the apartment and in the summerhouse, but here I will just give you the list that’s relevant for the garden:

  • Finish removing the lawn for the semi-circular flower bed at the South-West end of the house. This will contain clematis and perennial sweet-peas against the patio and tulips and annuals in front, perhaps with a few structural perennials added here and there to give some interest once the annuals die away.
  • Mow the lawn for the last time this year. This should have been done the last time I was up there, but I just didn’t get around to it. (The lawn is rather an unwanted step-child in our garden, at least as far as I’m concerned, hence the desire to carve out flower beds here and there and as much as possible!)
  • Plant the perennials from my parents’ old garden – this might initially be in a temporary location in the semi-circular bed, just because that’s where I have room for them right now. I can work on creating a more permanent bed for them over the winter and then move them in spring.
  • Lift lily and gladiolus corms and dahlia tubers and pack them up in newspapers for the winter. I’m not sure where to store them, but I think they might come back to the city with me and be stored in our attic box room; it’s neither heated nor insulated, but I would think the heat of the five stories beneath should keep it frost-free.
  • Cut down the bean stalks and pea plants in the vegetable garden mix them with compost before spreading it in the vegetable beds. Also, some compost will be worked into the semi-circular bed, so combined with a digging loosening up the soil, this should make for a nice “fluffy” soil to plant in.
  • Weed the Ambitious Border and mulch it for the winter.
  • Sweep up leaves etc. to mix with compost to CREATE mulch for the Ambitious Border…
  • Collect fir cones, random twigs of interesting shapes, seed stands etc. that might be used for Christmas decorations. Let’s face it, I’ve got a large apartment to decorate this year, and my husband has requested that I go all in with the Christmas this year since my mother-in-law will be spending Christmas with us (as will her brother and his girlfriend), and perhaps also my parents if my dad’s fit to travel.

Now, don’t worry; I’m not intending to get through the list this weekend! I just want to make a dent in it, and especially concerning the things that needs urgent attention. Getting the semi-circular bed dug out and dug through so the perennials from my parent’s garden can get into the ground, rather than living in plastic bags in a suitcase in the attic room is definitely the main issue.

I promise, after next weekend I will try to make a post with some pictures – perhaps even of what I’ve gotten done so I can use that as a motivational prospective Saturday and Sunday.

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I just realised my last blog post was on October 4th..

In the meantime my dad’s cancer has returned and is now considered terminal. The doctors guessed at a time from ranging from 2 years to very soon. This is perhaps the main reason why blogging hasn’t really been at the forefront of my mind lately.

In stead we convinced my parents to move to the new house ASAP, so last weekend we pooled the family resources and got the job done. Back-breaking work, but the end result was gorgeous, and that’s what matters. It will be a good home for them while my dad lasts, and after that it will also work well for my mother on her own.

It was a tough weekend, and not much to do with gardening with one exception: I got home with another suitcase full of perennials from the old garden. A large clump of hostas, a good few winter asters, some evening primroses – both plants and seeds – and a single unidentified rose. (And a half-knit jumper for one of my nephews that my mother can’t face finishing, so I promised her I’d get it done for her before Christmas.)

So there. A hectic and taxing month. And November looks quite busy as well, with two trips to Scotland, a myriad of social engagements and of course the hope of getting around to readying the garden for winter.

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