It’s about a year ago that the pandemic led to lockdown. I won’t talk politics much on this blog, but I am curious why more don’t seem as furious as I am with how it’s been handled in the UK. The vaccine program and the NHS are fantastic, but our scary clown prime minister said ‘you’ll be pleased that I’ve been shaking hands’ after visiting covid patients around this time last year, which was so terrifyingly stupid that I just can’t even…
Here’s a pickup if you need one, from a book called “The world made a rainbow” by Michelle Robinson, narrated by David Tennant. Michelle is a Frome based children’s author. I sometimes dance with her at the MojoMoves.co.uk comedy dancercise class, and can confirm that as well as writing wonderfully reassuring children’s tales, Michelle also has some exceptional moves on the dancefloor.
Anyway. This is not a politics blog. So here are six things in the garden on Saturday, just about a year since everything went even weirder than usual.
I’ll start with the beloved forsythia. I know that the Propagator, who hosts the Six on Saturday garden blog, says he is not a big fan of forsythia, but I’m sure deep in his heart he appreciates a splash of straggly custard yellow stems at this time of year.
This morning, the garden was alive with birdsong, and the a blackbird just visible in the centre of this picture is a frequent visitor to the birdbath.
As regular readers of this (now occasional) blog will know, I hope to encourage wildlife into this garden. And so we purchased ten rolls of wildflower meadow turf, or ‘weeds’ as my mum might say. The turf apparently includes…
In other exceptionally exciting news, the cover has come off the garden table. Husband and I enjoyed/ endured a sunny alfresco lunch of sausage rolls and piccalilli at that table, and yes it was a bit too cold really, but it was nice to eat outside for the first time this year. FYI – the new wildflower patch is behind the bench. We’ve not taken the cover off the bench yet, it’s definitely too chilly for sitting out.
I managed to plant out just a few daffodils in late autumn last year, and they’ve brightened up a few corners.
This is a ‘rip van winkle’ daffodil, and one of my favourites.
Next, I have a couple of photos of things to be done. The spot where that overgrown christmas tree once grew has a retaining wall that bows so much, we have to lift the wheelbarrow over it. I’ve booked a landscape gardener to come and sort this out, it’s not something me or my other half have the expertise or energy to tackle.
Well, I think that’s six (ish) things from the garden this week. Visit the Propagators blog or search the hashtag #SixOnSaturday to see more!