Thursday, 30 May 2013

Quick Update

I just thought that a quick update may be in order, as the great british weather is once again upon us.
After getting back from holiday, the first week was lovely and dry. Not always sunny, but dry, and we managed to catch up really well with half of the places. Grass was very thick everywhere because of the long awaited rain and warmth.
But despite the rain, Ella quite rightly felt that you can't have too much of a good thing, and continued to water the conifer in her front garden.
The bank holiday weekend arrived, and Saturday was firstly spent purchasing another mower, so that we have a spare once again should the existing one break down. We then had a hard, but quite pleasant full day of mowing and tidying at our largest property. Come Sunday, and with the knowledge that our Monday off was to be spent visiting nurseries to collect yet more plants, we took ourselves off to Studland for a day of sunbathing, and very nice it was too!

Monday morning, dull and damp, and everyone else seems to be enjoying their day off. Our day wasn't too bad, as we enjoy perusing the nurseries, both commercial and retail, and discovering what new varieties are about to be introduced. First on our list was this wonderful place called Cherry Tree. I could tell you about what makes this so special, but click on the link and the website will let you know. We then went on to a large retail nursery, where rather than plants, we were able to get a rather nice, hot milky latte before heading to the next real commercial nursery on our list. That one ended with us filling every last crevice in the van with shrubs, and even a few for ourselves!

Tuesday arrived, and a heavy day of work had been scheduled in, but as usual, the whole day saw heavy rain, and so the work was cancelled and we set of yet again to the nurseries for a few last minute plants that we hadn't been able to pick up the day before. Only retail outlets today, and so 'civvies' were worn.
And so the rain continued into yesterday as well, but at least I managed to get out and tick a few places off the list. On returning home, a quick and warming cup of tea before the two of us set off for a 7pm planting session to at least get some of the bedding plants into the ground. The photo doesn't show it, but the rain was coming down thick and fast.
There are times when I want to be a cat instead. No schedules for them, no paperwork or deadlines, no bills or difficulties. They just have to decide where to sit, when to eat and sleep, and when to come when called.


  1. Nice to see you working. Does my heart good.

  2. Good morning Gary ~ I really enjoy seeing you and Amanda at work and play, in your home, and in gardens. You both are an inspiration to me.

    Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

  3. P.S. I just went to Cherry Tree and watched their little video and was very touched by this charity. How wonderful for these volunteers to have such a great and caring place to work and give their lives meaning.


  4. That final shot reminded me of what old ladies say when they see such a bed
    " what a lovely show"

  5. Hi Lorraine,
    Cherry Tree is very special. Very often some of the people working there look so sad and lost, but I do feel that plants and gardens have a rather unique healing quality about them.

  6. Hi John,
    Lol....How true! Over the years I must have planted hundreds of thousands of bedding plants, and they still really don't do it for me, but the customers needs come first.

  7. We have much the same weather, England and Oregon.

  8. Doc, I may just move to the Mediterranean!