Hello again to those who may still be following, I have been very hit and miss here over at my garden blog this year, compared with previous years. It is looking like once a month post, so this one may be a bit longer than my usual post, we will see how it goes, so if you are still with me at the end~ Many thanks for sticking with it and reading,
To be honest with you, blogging has taken a back seat for a while, as I felt the need to just go within my own silent space and create and concentrate upon my well-being for a time. So I did more painting. A tiger this time, I thought I would challenge myself, as I have always put off doing a detailed painting of tiger for fear of not getting its stripes right.. So it was time to face my fears, and just let be what will be.. And this was the result.
I am sure those who live here in the UK are at last glad to see a little blue sky peep between the grey blankets of cloud that have hung over us far too long.. The weather is certainly a talking point across the world as we had yet more snow at Easter followed by more rain and almost a week of fog here last week that never seemed to move..
This was the weather Yesterday as we went for a walk Skies have been grey for so long!.. Believe it or not this was once a big ugly slag heap of waste from the coal mining days. It was turned into a nature reserve called Vicars Water Country Park many years ago and provides a sanctuary for birds, swans ,geese and ducks. This was the view from the top looking down. The mist is still hanging low, but not as bad as it was last week. To see more photos of the Park click the blue link where you can see the lake and the golden hand which symbolises a miners hand reaching out of the earth.
While further along the yellow gorse was out along with pussy-willow
At the end of last week, my hubby was feeling well enough after a nasty bout of flu over Easter to tackle the allotment.. We just had a few weeds to clear, as we had already dug over the ground in the autumn in preparation. So while Hubby got to grips with putting in the potatoes. I got busy planting seeds. We both had lots of rest in-between, and had hot drinks, Hubby coffee, while I had drinking chocolate.
We have now put out the shallots which started life in pots in the green house, and I planted two rows of beetroot, different varieties, two rows of parsnips.. I also planted out the corms of Gladioli into a new position.
I pruned back the dead wood of the raspberries and some of the overgrown blackberries, along with pruning out the middle of the redcurrant bush and the gooseberry bush which was hard last year to pick because it was so tightly packed with thorns.
In the autumn we planted what was left over of the leeks, in the spaces, and we planted some garlic from a bulb. In the space you now see created I am going to plant some of my dahlias in this patch and some further at the top of the allotment.
The following day while hubby planted out the peas above, and put more rows of potatoes in, I set to and weeded this patch below.
We still have to clear behind the sheds, and it looks like we may have some bees nesting below the shed again.. So I am happy about that.. And I have to straighten up between the fruit bushes. But we are at last mainly on top of the planting for now. Then I have my home garden to start on..
How are things growing where you are? and have you noticed big changes in your own weather patterns? And how are your Spring Blooms doing?
Until Next time..