Six on Saturday. A Few Little Jobs on Hand.

1. Elastic boundaries.

Like all fanatical gardeners I acquire plants compulsively and I cannot leave the house without coming back with pocketfuls of seeds and cuttings. And then I wonder where to put all the plants and wish I had elastic boundaries. Well, I don’t need to wish anymore because my boundaries just pinged back to a degree which has astonished me. All along the bottom part of my garden, there is an ancient hedge which has obviously been gradually encroaching for many years. I have had little forays into it but the task was too big to make much impact. So I got three strong young men with heavy machinery in and ash trees, hollies, elders, field maples, wild cherry, swathed in ivy, brambles and nettles all got gobbled up in just one day. I am rather overawed and a little daunted by how much space there is now.

It all looks nice and clear but I have to dig out the roots of brambles, cow parsley and nettles and get rid of the ivy. And then it needs to be dug over and levelled. It does seem rather a big job and when friends say I must be mad, I secretly agree with them although I never admit it. The neighbouring land belongs to the old rectory, it is quite wild and nobody ever seems to go down there which is rather nice as it makes the garden feel secluded even without the hedge. All along the old fence there is rusty old barbed wire. I can’t think why anybody would put barbed wire there. Perhaps years ago there was a vicar living there who liked scrumping apples and pears when nobody was looking; this used to be an orchard. It would be a good deterrent because he’d get get his cassock caught up on the barbed wire. That would stop him.

2. Elastic-sided beds.
Whilst George and his muscly young helpers were digging up trees I thought it would be a good idea to make my winter garden bigger. First I got the shape I wanted with the hose pipe.

Then I put a weed membrane down. My days of digging up turf are gone for ever. It removes the top soil and condemns you to a lifetime of weeding and anyway it is not necessary if you use a good quality membrane. Some of the cheaper ones are like blotting paper and tear easily.

George had brought me a load of chippings which he was glad to unload. The Pianist had a sense of humour failure when he saw the drive blocked with this rather large pile.  He rather suspected that I might be hoping that he would get his tractor out and shift it. And he was right.

In a few hours my winter garden extension was decently clothed. The Pianist was delighted with the result and said he would be happy to do it any time because nothing is nicer than spending a few hours in the fresh air getting healthy exercise. ( OK, I made that last bit up.)

And I now have a nice path going up the side of my exotic garden too.

3. Non-elastic-sided  greenhouse.

I wish my greenhouse was elastic because it seems rather full and I suppose we can expect frost at any time now so I have to dig all the tender plants up from the exotic garden. First I have to take everything out and clean out the greenhouse.

4. Tender Plants.
But I have started digging up plants already and there seems to be rather a lot of them.

And there are loads more to come. Oh dear.

5. Succulents.

And then where on earth can I put all these succulents? They can’t stay outside. Of course I have propagated every single one so I have loads of babies to find a home for too.

6. Bulbs.

And as if that wasn’t enough I have a bottomless box of bulbs to plant. However many packets I take out and plant, there seem to be just as many sitting there waiting.

So there we have my Six on Saturday. For my post this week, there are no pretty flowers,  just jobs to do. And between you and me, don’t tell anyone, I sometimes wonder why I make so much work for myself. It doesn’t stop me though. I am  a hopeless case.

Six on Saturday is hosted by The Propagator who rules the Saturday garden bloggers.  So check out what he and all the other Saturday gardeners are up to. We alter the clocks today and start our descent into darkness, but I am sure there is a lot to see in the gardens of this dedicated bunch.


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47 Responses to Six on Saturday. A Few Little Jobs on Hand.

  1. bittster says:

    Oh. My. Goodness.
    There really is no hope for you!

  2. fredgardener says:

    I’m a bit like you, compulsive shopping or recovering plants and cuttings here and there, we don’t know where to put or plant them … but it’s so nice. Good luck!

  3. Crikey, you’ve been busy. I feel rather lazy after reading that!

  4. You really work hard on your gardens. I’m sure you never need to go to the gym. I also have a passion to collect and propagate plants.

  5. Tina says:

    All that gardening and planning for gardening will keep you sharp and in good shape. And it’s so, so fun!

  6. Heyjude says:

    Erm… I am speechless.

  7. Kris P says:

    I can sympathize concerning the work facing you, while also being completely envious of that huge new plot of garden space. However, I’m counting myself lucky that I don’t have all those winter preparations to contend with. (I suspect you wouldn’t even recognize our cool season as winter weather.) Although I seem to do little more than clean-up after construction workers of late, there’s actually a lot of bulb planting and seed sowing to do here but, with temperatures soaring to levels we didn’t even experience during our relatively mild summer this year, and wicked winds blowing, all that’s on hold for awhile yet.

    • Chloris says:

      I can imagine your clean up job us going to be quite daunting. I have planted all my bulbs apart from tulips which need to be planted in November after a frost to help prevent fungal problems.

  8. Jim Stephens says:

    Looking at that huge new space you’ve got I’d say that if ever there was a time to become a no dig gardener, it’s now. I don’t have a lawn and I rarely dig. Life’s too short.

  9. Frog says:

    Oh, I could probably fit my garden several times in the space freed by the hedge… That is a lot of work to come. Bon courage !

  10. Cathy says:

    In awe but surely not daunted by all that space, Chloris – it must be so exciting to discover your garden is bigger than it is…more than once I have dreamed (literally) about this happening to me, but sadly it hasn’t happened in real life so I shall just have to keep finding extra knicker-elastic edged pockets instead. OK, they have been less strenuous to prepare than your vast expanse will be but – hey ho! – no pain, no gain?! How exciting too to be extending your winter garden – and what an Alladin’s cave your greenhouse will be once again…I think you should have had a bigger size…!

    • Chloris says:

      I like that- ‘knicker-elastic edged pockets’. But you use enormous ingenuity in making the best use of your space. Of course I need a bigger greenhouse, I knew that at the time but I was constrained by financial considerations. I do have the other greenhouse but it is unheated.

  11. Excellent! People sometimes say to me oh you must be quieter now it’s autumn. No! Autumn is the busiest time for proper gardening. I was out in the rain yesterday moving pots under cover, taking in sopping wet apple crates which were acting as staging. I have Aeoniums all over the house as I am without a greenhouse. My downstairs washroom has bags full of bulbs, waiting. The lawns are too wet to rake up the conkers and leaves. I still have to take penstemon cuttings and my scented pelargoniums are under fleece until I get them out of the dolly tubs and under cover. You could definitely do with an extra pair of strong hands. Great 6

  12. Wow! That looks like a substantial new patch of earth to play with Chloris. I’m sure that you are going to have great fun planning and planting 😄

  13. How exciting to have all that new space to plant up! Your garden looks wonderful and am envious of your greenhouse elastic boundaries or none!

  14. I think there is nothing better than new projects ! I will be reading wih great interest over the coming months. I wish all my customers let me dig up their gardens to your extent. There is no such thing as too many plants to look at, care for and admre over the seasons.

    • Chloris says:

      I love a new project. And yes, it’s important to have an all season garden. Anyone can have a moment of glory in June, but keeping it going all season requires more skill.

  15. I am laughing out loud reading this as it is just like something I would do sans greenhouse. I have a similar cleared area in the back of our house and have been plotting a new screen planting. Good luck with the new projects. I wish my husband had a tractor!

  16. pbmgarden says:

    Love reading about your new and ongoing projects.

  17. Lora Hughes says:

    There’s nothing like more space in the garden, but I don’t envy you having to dig out the junk plants. When we moved here in Feb, there were no beds so I layered the areas w/our moving boxes & covered that with recycled compost from the veg planters. Not sure that’d work w/brambles, tho. Those fellas get everywhere. Good luck w/the delicates!

    • Chloris says:

      I used that method with my raised veggie boxes. It worked well apart from convolvulus, that grew through in the end. I think I will have to dig out the rubbish plants and level, there is no way round it.

  18. VERY GOOD! I love what you have accomplished. Your plants and beds look great! Thanks for sharing!

  19. I am impressed that you are juggling so many projects and making such dramatic changes seemingly all the time.Well done! … and I just love the idea of elastic boundaries!

  20. I’m glad to see you are thinking big! And what an obliging husband you have. He may hot have said that bit about fresh air and exercise, but he may have been thinking it. Or you may convince him that he thought it, if given enough time. Unfortunately I have pretty much run out of turf to dig up, not that I can’t keep myself busy. However, we just got hit with our first snowstorm so I think my planting days are over until next year.

    • Chloris says:

      No, he wasn’t thinking that at all. He is unpersuadable on the subject. I edited out his running commentary on the whole process. I don’t want to lower the tone of my blog. He believes in the dignity of labour but not his labour.
      I was very impressed that you keep yourself busy planting bulbs for the public to enjoy. Specially as you have a novel and unique way of doing it lying down. Snow already? Oh no.

  21. tonytomeo says:

    A few ‘little’ jobs?! Oh my! Well, I am sorry I missed all this last week. I am very behind schedule.

  22. snowbird says:

    Goodness me! This has fair taken my breath away!!! Here’s me practically hibernating ignoring all the garden jobs while you are out there doing all that! I tip my cap to you! Looking forward to seeing what you plant in the ex-hedge

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