Granny and grandpa visited on the weekend to play with Cheeky Monkey as they hadn’t seen him in a few weeks! While they were here, granny and I got into the roses, pruning them back to within an inch of their lives (which I’m told is the kind of pruning roses thrive on).
Of course, as tends to be the way of things, once the roses were pruned (or more accurately while we were pruning) I started noticing everything else that needs doing in our garden! There are grass & weeds growing all along our front row of plants (which were also so deeply covered in leaves shed from a nearby bush in autumn that they were sodden and dying), the mulch is so deep everywhere that the bases of all the roses (and a lot of other plants) are rotting… not to mention the fact that the super generous mulch layer also covered the bottom of the pergola poles which had also started rotting! Ah… the joys of home ownership! As least hubby made some progress on fixing our random irrigation system.
So the plan of attack? Well… it’s not just a matter of pruning and moving around one or two things. I’m seriously not a fan of this supposedly landscaped garden! There are FAR too many plants, planted far too close – consequently they’re smothering each other and nothing is growing properly. It’s seeming more and more like I’m going to have to gut the back garden (at the very least) and almost start again from scratch! A little something to keep Cheeky Monkey and I occupied through spring (we might need to take a break in the heat of summer and do some more work in the Autumn before the cold really sets in)…
Speaking of Cheeky Monkey… I better go and tend to his bleating! Very grateful that he gave me a full hour and a half of peace and quiet this nap though! What simple things in life are you feeling grateful for today?