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This month January 2020 - Wednesday, 01 Jan 2020

It has been a difficult time to get on with the work. The damp seeps through to the bones and the energy levels drop into your boots. Somehow I managed to drag myself out with secateurs, loppers and saw to continue the pruning but this season from some reason I have been working in random places rather than organized area by area. I use the excuse that it is how long I have at a given time, how well mum is and the distance to the house from that area, absolutely nothing to do with my brain not being in gear. It does also depend on how windy it is as it is better not to work near some trees in the wind. We did have a few big branches down and a tall Bay tree came down as I was looking in that direction. Luckily no damage done and it was soon cleared and logged.
Some of the plants seem slow to poke up through the earth or for their buds to swell, maybe, like me, they do not like this damp dull weather. On the 25th December it was a sunny day and I had a pleasant time pruning, I was pleased to get the drier days at the end of the month so I could crack on with pruning and tidying and am amazed at how up with the pruning we are although there are countless other jobs which need doing. I am hoping to finish the Lower Garden soon and I have done several areas of the rest of the garden. I must make a mental or actual note of gaps as I have some trees and shrubs to plant out and I would like to know how many and what size spaces there will be to go and look for new acquisitions.
The Arbutus unedo (Strawberry Tree) is looking good with its small bell-shaped white flowers and yellow to pink fruit. The early Rhododendron and Daphne Jacqueline Postill are not even showing colour whereas they are usually flowering by now yet  Magnolia grandiflora has flower buds and the Physocarpus with small leaves looks like it is ready to burst forth.
For several days I had had seen a flash of a bird of prey, maybe a Sparrow hawk, as it flies through the veranda where the bird feeders are hanging, there is a nearby Berberis the small birds quickly fly into. The Muntjac deer are very much in evidence, maybe more noticeable with the soft ground making their tracks more visible. Some of the birds are singing as if it is already spring.
I hope that 2020 will bring several new plants in areas I have been chopping and clearing and I will have some new paths in the lower garden making some plants more easy to view. We have made some new seats and if there is time may make more seats and sculptures.
It has been a difficult time to get on with the work. The damp seeps through to the bones and the energy levels drop into your boots. Somehow I managed to drag myself out with secateurs, loppers and saw to continue the pruning but this season from some reason I have been working in random places rather than organized area by area. I use the excuse that it is how long I have at a given time, how well mum is and the distance to the house from that area, absolutely nothing to do with my brain not being in gear. It does also depend on how windy it is as it is better not to work near some trees in the wind. We did have a few big branches down and a tall Bay tree came down as I was looking in that direction. Luckily no damage done and it was soon cleared and logged.
Some of the plants seem slow to poke up through the earth or for their buds to swell, maybe, like me, they do not like this damp dull weather. On the 25th December it was a sunny day and I had a pleasant time pruning, I was pleased to get the drier days at the end of the month so I could crack on with pruning and tidying and am amazed at how up with the pruning we are although there are countless other jobs which need doing. I am hoping to finish the Lower Garden soon and I have done several areas of the rest of the garden. I must make a mental or actual note of gaps as I have some trees and shrubs to plant out and I would like to know how many and what size spaces there will be to go and look for new acquisitions.
The Arbutus unedo (Strawberry Tree) is looking good with its small bell-shaped white flowers and yellow to pink fruit. The early Rhododendron and Daphne Jacqueline Postill are not even showing colour whereas they are usually flowering by now yet  Magnolia grandiflora has flower buds and the Physocarpus with small leaves looks like it is ready to burst forth.
For several days I had had seen a flash of a bird of prey, maybe a Sparrow hawk, as it flies through the veranda where the bird feeders are hanging, there is a nearby Berberis the small birds quickly fly into. The Muntjac deer are very much in evidence, maybe more noticeable with the soft ground making their tracks more visible. Some of the birds are singing as if it is already spring.
I hope that 2020 will bring several new plants in areas I have been chopping and clearing and I will have some new paths in the lower garden making some plants more easy to view. We have made some new seats and if there is time may make more seats and sculptures.
It has been a difficult time to get on with the work. The damp seeps through to the bones and the energy levels drop into your boots. Somehow I managed to drag myself out with secateurs, loppers and saw to continue the pruning but this season from some reason I have been working in random places rather than organized area by area. I use the excuse that it is how long I have at a given time, how well mum is and the distance to the house from that area, absolutely nothing to do with my brain not being in gear. It does also depend on how windy it is as it is better not to work near some trees in the wind. We did have a few big branches down and a tall Bay tree came down as I was looking in that direction. Luckily no damage done and it was soon cleared and logged.
Some of the plants seem slow to poke up through the earth or for their buds to swell, maybe, like me, they do not like this damp dull weather. On the 25th December it was a sunny day and I had a pleasant time pruning, I was pleased to get the drier days at the end of the month so I could crack on with pruning and tidying and am amazed at how up with the pruning we are although there are countless other jobs which need doing. I am hoping to finish the Lower Garden soon and I have done several areas of the rest of the garden. I must make a mental or actual note of gaps as I have some trees and shrubs to plant out and I would like to know how many and what size spaces there will be to go and look for new acquisitions.
The Arbutus unedo (Strawberry Tree) is looking good with its small bell-shaped white flowers and yellow to pink fruit. The early Rhododendron and Daphne Jacqueline Postill are not even showing colour whereas they are usually flowering by now yet  Magnolia grandiflora has flower buds and the Physocarpus with small leaves looks like it is ready to burst forth.
For several days I had had seen a flash of a bird of prey, maybe a Sparrow hawk, as it flies through the veranda where the bird feeders are hanging, there is a nearby Berberis the small birds quickly fly into. The Muntjac deer are very much in evidence, maybe more noticeable with the soft ground making their tracks more visible. Some of the birds are singing as if it is already spring.
I hope that 2020 will bring several new plants in areas I have been chopping and clearing and I will have some new paths in the lower garden making some plants more easy to view. We have made some new seats and if there is time may make more seats and sculptures.



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