Dead wood

Today it was the turn of the front garden to be tamed. Even mowing the lawn made a huge difference. I got the hedge cutter out and cut back the hedge under my living room windows.

In the recent storms, it has started to sound like something out of a ‘Hammer House of Horror’ film as the branches scratched and banged on the windows. 😱

Still a long way to go but pleased with the result so far. Sometimes we need to get rid of the dead wood to allow things to grow again.


First cut

I decided to have a garden day today. Mowed my back lawn for the first time in 2022. And tidied up the borders. Still lots to do, but I’ve made a start.

Want to crack on with the front lawn and borders next weekend.

The brown bin was creaking. I find gardening really rewarding. It’s hard work sure. But the results are worth it. The bad news is that I’ve cleared a lot, so will need more plants. 🤪

Blank canvas

So it’s finally done. After several aborted attempts, several culls and a lot of swearing, the cotoneaster is no more!

I have a whole new blank canvas wall to play with. It’s so exciting. I didn’t realise how deep the border actually is.

Looking forward to Spring and lots of new plants.

My helpers

After a bit of a slow start (I woke up feeling rather crumpled), I’ve had a very productive day. I mowed and scarified both lawns, weeded the borders and attacked a few bushes for good measure.

Also got 3 loads of washing on the line. Hurrah!

The kittens came to help me with the weeding. I say helping. Hugo wanted to lie on the bit I was weeding and Dodo ran off with one of my gloves. They do make me laugh sometimes.

Lopper happy

So I may have gotten a little carried away with my pruning today. 😳

This bush was taking over the driveway. Every time I reversed out, I ended up in it. So it got a good haircut. 3 full green bags later, I can reverse out with ease.

I have more border to fill and even found a hydrangea that was hiding under there.


After being away last weekend and a busy week, I needed some Buddy time. Took him out for a long hack this afternoon. Being out in nature with my boy feeds my soul more than anything else. I know I’ve said it before, but I really do live in a beautiful part of the world.

I did my best to make my tiny bit of the world beautiful too. I spent most of the day in the garden. I mowed both lawns. They’d both gone a bit bonkers with all the rain. It was tough going, but always looks so much better when it’s done.

Covid jab

I know some people have felt ill after it, but I’m feeling full of energy after it. Very odd indeed.

Good job too as I spent the rest of the day cleaning out the shed, the greenhouse and starting off my seeds for this year.

Treated myself to a Chinese takeaway too. Happy Easter everyone!