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By anget

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I hoped this year that there would be less to do in the garden. How wrong can you be?

First of all the rough winds blew down 3 panels in our neighbours’ fence at the bottom of the garden and one fence post and panel in our side fence. So between us we decided to replace them all including 2 other battered panels that the ex-next-door-little-darlings had smashed to pieces with cricket balls and footballs within a few months of them being replaced a few years ago.

And then we decided we had had enough of the broken slabs in our patio (not helped by constant ant activity and – would you believe it – moles surfacing in the gravel edge around the dining room window). So that is being replaced in a week or so.

What this means is that we have to restain the panels, all 21 of them. OH made a start this morning. We have been brave and chosen black this time and fortunately we both like the look of it very much. It is definitely making the emerging orange leaves on the acer stand out.

And our next job will be digging out most of the herbaceous plants along the edge of the patio to stop them being crushed by hefty boots and mechanical equipment. Who said gardening is relaxing? We don’t need to join a gym!

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Well that sounds very industrious Ange, I hate staining fences and sheds so mine are done initially when new and then left to nature, yours will look nice when its done though and everything will stand out against the background, our patio is years old and really could do with being replaced, unfortunately hubby is getting too old for those sort of tasks, we both are, to be honest I can't be doing with the thoughts of the work involved even if we get someone in, I put up, shut up and disguise it with pots and troughs..Nope us gardeners do not need a gym but its so much fun and good for the mind, lol....

20 Mar, 2022

 

Worse job in the garden, staining fences...and each year that ghastly green stuff adorns them!

20 Mar, 2022

 

Oh yes it does Julia!!

We are not fans of staining fences and ours look somewhat shabby at the moment! It takes ages to do doesn’t it? Not every job in the garden gives us pleasure does it?!

20 Mar, 2022

 

I am not considering staining fences and replacing panels gardening Anget. Nor sweeping driveway and cleaning gutters and such. They are not very pleasant outdoors activities but they occasionally have to be done and it feels good when its all over . :-)... and we pray that we will not have to do that anytime soon again.
Actually, gardening itself is a hard work in my opinion but all the hard work at one point is very satisfying, right? Otherwise we would not do it.

20 Mar, 2022

 

Busy pair yet again! You do seem to have your work cut out. I’ll bet that acer looks pretty striking against the black fence too! I agree, gardening is a great workout and I’d hate to go to the gym…yoga and Zumba is plenty enough for me! I’m hoping with all this activity I’ll have buns of steel and thighs to match! 😂

20 Mar, 2022

 

You both sound as if you've both been pretty busy, too, Kate. What would we do without our OH's? (Oh, and the felines to keep us in check and oversee what is being done!)
If your routines work in giving you that fabulous physique, I may just have to join you!

21 Mar, 2022

 

Well, we felt forced to stain ours as they are all different age panels and were all different colours, ladies. I was hoping that this different paint will last longer than the last lot I put on which was absolutely useless after 12 months.

I suppose it isn't gardening as such, Klahanie, more garden maintenance! Yes, I agree with you, gardening can often feel like hard work. Unless you cover it in concrete there's no such thing as 'low maintenance', and even that needs spraying to keep it clean!

21 Mar, 2022

 

Ange, once I get going, I can’t seem to stop! Got home from work earlier today and I was straight in to the garden to potter and transplant on the rockery again. Yoga tonight at 7.15 for an hour. Can’t wait! I’m now in that place where I can’t miss an exercise class!
We are lucky with our OH’s..some of my friends husbands have no interest in gardening or outdoor work! Feline friends always like to ‘participate’ in some way or another! 😉

21 Mar, 2022

 

I don't envy you doing all that staining!
I was watching something on catch up the other day. May have been Gardeners World where somone had painted the fence black and it looked brilliant as everything stood out.
You don't have to do it all at once, just a bit at a time!

22 Mar, 2022

 

OH has been doing it this time, Rose, and he is about half-way round. The dry few days have been in our favour.

23 Mar, 2022

 

You already know my views on staining and painting, I don't care that my bottom shed is more mossy green than stain, it never gets any sun in that corner, hence a very good place for the ferns and the shed blends in with all the moss I allow to grow, I go for the Au Naturel ....
.Its a beautiful day so I'm busy in that area, now wondering when to add more ferns, I went to GC last week and they'd only got inside ones, also trying to decide twhether to plant more Hostas to the side of the pond, decisions, decisions....

23 Mar, 2022

 

Nice ones though, Lincs. I'm frustrated 'cos I have things to plant but because we're on clay and north-facing a lot of my perennials haven't made an appearance yet and I don't want to overplant. Lovely days, though!

23 Mar, 2022

 

Did I hear the word' overplant'!!
My perrenials are pretty slow here especially the Phlox.

23 Mar, 2022

 

Maybe perennials are slow without much rain? My Phlox are ok, but Penstemons only just beginning to show a bit of green …

24 Mar, 2022

 

I had to chuckle at the comments, it seems we are all in the same boat , waiting for the perennials to show, I hate gaps but know that there are plants not ready to show their new shoots yet...

24 Mar, 2022

 

Meadow - how very dare you??

Glad I'm not the only one frustrated! I always get caught out at this time of year and then find I don't have a space anywhere.

25 Mar, 2022

 

Exactly Ange, it’s difficult resisting the urge to fill those bare patches …

25 Mar, 2022

 

:-)

25 Mar, 2022

 

Couldn't resist it,Angx

25 Mar, 2022

 

Oh,I forgot to say...there has been absolutely no sign of any life from my Dahlias which were planted 3 weeks ago!Strictly followed Sarah RAVEN advice...I think I can remember panicking like this last year...will have to have a lie down.

25 Mar, 2022

 

Last year I thought none of my dahlia's had made it through, when it was time to plant out I planted cosmos daisies in the gap, they were s'posed to be dwarf ones but somebody forgot to tell them, lo' and behold I then had beautiful dahlias stuck behind and amongst the very tall cosmos, not a one had shown at all until well into June, I was so mad at myself, daren't move any of them as we hadn't had any rain for weeks, I'm not making that mistake again....

25 Mar, 2022

 

Paul, I took down the blog about the new patio as all the pics disappeared again, so there didn't seem much point in keeping it! We had the grandaughter here for a few days last week after they had finished so not much clearing up or sorting was done then, so we have been beavering away over this break. The new space looked enormous but is now broken up with seating and a few pots returned. I am determined not to have it as a 'dumping ground'. We shall see - all good intentions!

16 Apr, 2022

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