|neighbour's magnolia tree|
Yesterday was warm and spring like so we did some work in the garden. It took us nearly two hours to get a deeply rooted stinging nettle out of the flower bed; it had wrapped itself around a rose bush and invaded a shrub peony so it was tricky to remove without damaging the other plants. It was hard work but it was good to be outside. The birdsong around here is incredible, probably due to the number of blackbirds that are nesting in the hedges. There seems to be a huge population of ladybird bugs this year, they were all busy bonking yesterday.
Earlier in the week we visited the local garden centre and bought some new terracotta pots and a couple of climbers – a clematis (Madame Bouchard) that is very hardy and doesn’t mind a north facing wall and a summer flowering Jasmine to climb over the patio trellis. Paul has also made a start on a herb garden and planted thyme, parsley, sage, chives and mint.
The fence around the vegetable plot is finished and has a smart picket gate. Rick has already discovered he can just hop through the wooden bars of the fence.