The season is definitely turning. I know because today was the first day that our cat Molly hung out with me in the garden, quite content quietly pattering around me, finding various good vantage points to observe from. The key word in there for anyone that’s not met our cat, is ‘quietly’. She’d let you know if she felt she should be getting more attention.
So I planted out some giant snowdrops, bought ‘in the green’. Apparently these have more of a success rate than just planting bulbs – although my bulbs of the common smaller snowdrops came out just fine. And that was after I left them out unplanted for a fortnight longer than you’re supposed to and they got a little mouldy so I had to rinse them in a *very* diluted lot of bleach and water. Anyway, hopefully these will settle in well. I’ve planted them in clumps this time in the largest flowerbed by the cabin (though I kept 5 or 6 back for the windowsill box) – so they should have a little more impact than the scattered effect the single drops have had, when even though I planted 100 they still appear quite sparse. Hopefully that’ll improve over the years as they multiply out.
What else? The first daffs in the garden have appeared in the window box. I planted some sporaxis bulbs in the raised bed (from the 99p shop!) to provide some height and colour before the crocosmia comes out in September. Gave the lawn it’s first cut, edge and scarify (scraping with a fine rake), got loads of dry/dead grass out. Hope that will help it to bounce back from the winter as it gets a bit of sun to the growing leaves, now the thatch is gone. That might not be enough for the back bit, which had suffered with some damp/water logging (possible drainage issues) and under the mulch which blew onto it. We have sporadically poked drainage holes in it through the winter… Guess we’ll see. If it doesn’t recover then we can consider taking more drastic measures if need be next year.
Now, in another sign of the times, I’m sitting with my feet up in the cabin – where it is warm and sunny enough to have both sets of doors propped open for the first time this year.
Enjoy the pics.
Thought it was about time for an update on the cabin!
She’s now had a summer’s worth of use and has been fabulous for relaxing in. It’s all about reading, music, a good view of the garden and – as my glamorous model demonstrates – the ‘putting your feet up with a beer’ pose.
Here’s the evidence 😉
Here’s a reminder of what was at the end of the garden before…
And this is the end of the garden after.
Outdoor lighting makes it welcoming to visit at night.
Inside is pretty cosy too…
… with a great view by night …
… or day, when it is the perfect time for (you guessed it!) : –
… the putting your feet up and having a beer pose!
[This post was drafted yesterday]
I’m pretty exhausted folks – so am going to let the photos do the talking!
Looking marvellous 🙂
Just a few bits to go now: archway to attach to pergola posts, a bit more gravel around the cabin, some decorative stone in the smaller circle, cabin guttering, lights… and then with that other thing – PLANTING – we are good to go!
Well, the view from the dining room window is definitely improving.
… I’m gonna party like its your birthday…
Just been doing that dance briefly in the cabin! Then just stopped to put my feet up and write this quickly before dashing off to rehearse for SuBo.
The day hasn’t been without drama: the cabin arrived earlier than expected which got me outta bed and next up we realise that they had sent single glazing instead of double glazing and a few of the beams of wood were twisted. I soon gave up any hope of working from home whilst just observing and booked annual leave. Since then i have been in my scruffs, alternately lifting and shifting to help RTL, and ringing the cabin company to complain! It worked though and although at one stage it looked as though we would not get the cabin done we have succeeded in getting the walls and the main roof frame up. I am hoping it doesn’t chuck with rain tonight wish us luck!
It’s getting there! Sorry about rags in last pic, didn’t get a chance to take photo before we started having to cover the wood up from spitting rain.
In other news: the table and chairs have arrived. Delivery guy was great and will dig out his details to share and recommend to everyone. Also, we built the bike shed (while calming down from first telephone call with cabin company – where they refused to discuss before I wrote down what I was saying in an email!!)
Here is the garden to date – and the cabin being delivered.