It's been a wet couple of weeks here in Dorset. Easter was a washout except for Easter Sunday when we managed to get out in the garden for a few hours. Him indoors erected the temporary cold frames
and we both cleared (finally!) the side of the pottering shed
There was plenty to go to the recycling centre and I mulched more of the flower beds with the compost from the bins - it does make the garden look nicer and of course, it's good for the plants and keeps the weeds at bay.
I don't really do much with the shady side of the garden as it mainly looks after itself but it was looking a bit tatty
This week I cleared the path next to the cottage garden where we'd left the dead leaves from the grasses - before
We also found what we think is one of the apple saplings that I grew from seed, it was growing in the gravel bed by the patio. Him indoors pulled it out and I've potted it up...we'll see what transpires.
The sparrows have had voracious appetites this week so I've been topping up the feeder every other day plus the black birds are constantly on the bird table and the blue tits have been in and out of their box every day with nesting materials.
The daffodils are starting to die off now so I deadheaded those yesterday. We still have plenty of colour from the aubretia and the grape hyacinths (although not really keen on the latter to be honest) and the primroses
Pussy willow (that's what we used to call it when I was younger - a long time ago!)
I spent a couple of hours in the garden yesterday and there were numerous bumble bees and honey bees enjoying the spring sunshine together with peacock and brimstone butterflies. The fish haven't surfaced but I saw them lurking below the surface...probably preying on tadpoles!
That's it for this week. According to the weather forecast it's going to be milder this week with rain now and again so I should be able to get some gardening done. Have a good week and catch up next weekend.
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