Friday, April 13, 2007

Garden Day!

As promised off out into the garden....

Yolanda had me chuckling yesterday with her post on what the discerning gardener wears and uses so I thought you might like to see my gear!!!

Yes I know Yolanda, green wellies and knee pads, the problem is I don't have the storage space for a nice colourful pair, until I get holes in the green pair by which time fashion will have changed again and I will be out of fashion yet again wearing a colourful pair. So I think I will stick with what I have!!!!! But I do have a lovely pink bucket and I want to get a lilac one too, so I may not be a total loss!!!!!!!!!

First off I gave the chickens 'Eglu' a good scrub, this is before

the girls having a good scrub around


I am using the straw that I wrapped my bananas with over winter and the chooks love it they spend hours scratching around. When I give them their mixed corn in the afternoon, it keeps them so occupied!! I have had to put up shade netting for them as they where getting a bit hot. When they have scratched around for a couple of weeks on this I have been following 'Scarecrows' lead and using it as a mulch on my beds!!!! She is a mind of info!!!

But have you seen the new state of the art home for chickens, no bending required to clean it out, I want one in purple please.....

It houses 6 - 10 chickens and is the new 'Omlet Cube'. Costs lots of money but how cool, wheels as well. My Eglu is sooooooooo, easy to keep clean, that I should imagine this will be just as good if not better!!!

The path is laid, it so much better than the 'humpy dumpy' one we had before. Lots of plants have been planted, there is loads to go in from the greenhouse

and it still looks a mess!!!

as you can see I have put an edgeing in to keep the lawn and flower bed apart, I didn't like the bright green, so bought another bamboo one but need some more. It helps keep the straw mulch on the flower beds!! I shall have to get some more though!! Then I shall mow the green stuff (its not a lawn at the moment) spike it and I have loads of soil (from removing 'humpy dumps!!') which I shall riddle, and then spread around this part to even out the level then I will reseed, I probably should have done this a bit earlier but I think I still have time!!!

this is looking back up the garden, I shall have to paint the fence! It actually belongs to our neighbour and really needs replaceing, but we think, she thinks, we own it, we don't everyone owns the right hand boundary as you look out from your house, what is probably confusing her is our neighbours on the right and the one before him both replaced our right hand fence!!! So we believe now we own none!!!!

The tulips are just going over now

Oh dear! Senior moment has just occured!! Whilst I have been typing this I was waiting for the tea to brew. I have just gone to pour a cup mmmmmmmmmm! and out comes plain water, I forgot the teabags!!!!!!!!!!! oops just made a fresh pot, with teabags this time!!!!

The blossom is just blossoming!!!!!!!


I have lots of these but sadly no bluebells, something I think I will have to rectify!

Right I must go and beautify myself, I am off to Bath, hat shopping if you remember!!!! Not looking forward to it. On the way back we pass some garden centres so might pop in and see what they have! Tomorrow we take Kathryn and Lee back to Uni, thats when the weather will break because I will have sheets and towels to wash and dry. Mind you we need it, I have used 2 3/4 butts of my 6 already!!!


Ex-Shammickite said...

I'm very impressed with your garden and all the work you are doing in it. My back yard is really big, the property is 66' x 200', and it takes a lot of time to keep it neat and tidy. But can you believe it's still SNOWING!!!! and I can't get out there to do anything at all. April is usually sunny and brings some signs of Spring, but not this year!

RUTH said...

Everything is looking fabulous. We do need the rain but I so much washing to do before the next batch of visitors that I too am hoping for a couple more dry days.

Yolanda Elizabet said...

LOL, Libby all is forgiven if you get the lilac bucket too. ;-) Handy, aren't they? I have 2, one pink and 1 blue.

You've worked hard in your garden and it shows!!!!

That Eglu thingy looks neat and that Omlet Cube is so cool. Purple is good!! Those chickens of yours look very happy and healthy.

You have bananas in your garden? Can we have pics of that soon? Yes, I'm curious, no doubt about it. ;-)

Here it is hot and dry. Today was actually a Summer's day with 25 to 26 degrees Celsius which is very warm for April.

My waterbutt is almost empty, we need some rain, the garden is dry too. Let there be rain, but mainly in the middle of the night, please!

Have a lovely weekend!

OldBagNewTricks said...

Your garden is gorgeous and I am especially enamored of the chickens -- but I have a question -- the lovely photo below of the longnosied bee... and the flower he is flying into... That flower looks like Virginia Bluebells. I have no idea what the botanic name is.... what do you call it? (Oh, I wanted to mention that your family looks like fun.)

Petunia's Gardener said...

Finally, I'm connected again! Lots to catch up on. Wish I could send you a few days of rain (after your wash is done) so I could go dig in my newly tilled beds (where you'll see my husband wearing MY garden boots)! Bet you found a great hat.

RUTH said...

Just had a senior moment and thought of you...forgot to put the kettle on BEFORE I made my coffee....yuk!...not a cold coffee lover.

Akelamalu said...

Gardening is hard work, but soooo worth it. Love your pictures.