I’ve been getting more small things done in the garden when I can manage it, when I’m not too tired and when Little Twiglet isn’t fidgeting around like a maniac (a common occurrence). I had to prune the grape vine, which was new to me. After googling what to do, it became clear that I had to prune it back hard as it had very little structure and lots of thin spindly branches going everywhere. It’s still on a bit of an angle so I’m trying to straighten it with a stake. Apparently it will grow back strongly over spring and summer and I can then selectively prune it to develop a couple of strong branches to train up and along the fence. Now the only problem is that camellia stump next to it, one of the millions, that needs to be dug out. And more scary ivy.

Pruned grape vine
The pruned grape vine

I have planted some much-needed lettuces. I got desperate and just bought some seedlings and planted them behind some of the garlic; where I’m planning to plant tomatoes but I figure I can get the lettuces grown and eaten before then… This narrow raised bed is the only ‘ready’ part of the vege garden at the moment, which is dutifully protected from the roving beaks of the chickens.

Lettuces and garlic
Lettuces and garlic
Lettuces
Grow, little lettuces

Something else I did, which was a little more strenuous, was sort out my potting shed. It is called the potting shed, although it is still waiting to receive my potting bench, which is still sitting in the carport waiting for some strong men to move it… One day… A lot of my gardening stuff was still in boxes so I unpacked things and sorted most of them out on the shelves. The Husband is going to build me another shelf in the compartment on the left, which was storing firewood and odd bits and pieces when we bought the house. There were already some nails on the walls, which some of the tools are hanging on, and I shall tidy things up more once I get my potting bench positioned in there. I just love all the wood the shed is made of.

The potting shed
The potting shed

Welcome inside

 

 

One day there will be a potting bench in here...
One day there will be a potting bench in here…
It's a lot tidier than it was before
It’s a lot tidier than it was before
The compartment on the left is awaiting a shelf
The compartment on the left is awaiting a shelf
The tool corner
The tool corner
Window
The potting shed is too dark at the moment, so I would like to get a proper window put in here to replace the fixed wooden slats and netting.

And now for some cheerful colour to brighten up a rainy day like today. My blue Anemone coronaria‘s are flowering so I’ve put the pot on the outdoor table to enjoy. Happy gardening!

Anemone coronaria
Anemone coronaria (Poppy Anemone)
Anemone coronaria
Anemone coronaria (Poppy Anemone)
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