It’s happening slowly…..

The warm Spring weather has been playing hard to get so the garden has been coming to life really really slowly. It was so cold and miserable over Winter I’m only just (very slowly) warming up myself so at the moment it’s‘ chaos reigns’ out there I’m managing to do a bit of weeding and general tidying around and about but …strangely I’m noticing things that are emerging from places I didn’t think they were planted. I certainly don’t remember planting those Iris in that spot.

That little piece of white flowered snow in summer (Cerastium) next to the bluey mauve Brachyschome wasn’t there last year but I’m pleased to see it. It reminds me of my Dad, he used it a lot in odd spots. Set and forget he’d say!

The lavender under the washing line has been good this year – shame it’s nearly time to cut it back….The Golfer cut the grass the other day so it looks green and tidy from this angle …it certainly won’t look so green come later in the summer when it gets hot and dry. It’s hard to plan a time to cut when we’ve had rainy days because he likes it to dry out a bit but like in all things nature doesn’t play fair!

And of course there is the early flush of Spring roses to admire. The little ‘blue bed near the line’ as I jokingly call it has been mulched so it’s right to go but there’s still a lot of work to be done on the bed at the bottom of the garden. A Bad Back limits me at times and it didn’t play fair last year so even though it doesn’t look too bad from a distance it’s when I realised what I thought were some long leaves of Iris was actually invasive couch grass that has grown tall I knew I’d be trying for half hour time spots. Rain has stopped play at the moment 😢

The little blue bed near the line 😊

And a few from the bottom bed – names unknown.
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35 thoughts on “It’s happening slowly…..

  1. the area of our lives that we often don’t think about, except this year when other parts of our lives have “shut” is nature and it has kept on – no c/19 notation seems to have affected it at all…and your lovely roses and the random-didn’t-plant-it-there has made you see it was meant to be…

    this last week, I thought “oh, no lawncare hasn’t come, hope he’s alright…” and yes he is kind of all right, turned up yesterday and said that his schedule had let him down! But yesterday isn’t his day and I had to rush out to the clothesline and extract some sheets…glass clipping on sheets make them look awful and these are winter sheets, which I’m slowly putting away.

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    1. Oh so true – the world keeps turning no matter what’s going on in it. Oh and I hear you on changing the bed linen. The winter stuff has been washed aired and put away…except we could have done with it over the past few nights when ‘ nature’ decided to remind us (again) that she was in charge no matter what we want. Had to pop an extra blanket on the top instead.

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    1. I have a secret smile when I hear bloggers in the other hemisphere talking about the trials and tribulations of living in a really cold snowy climate…..when we are sitting here trying desperately to get cool on days of 35°/95f or more 😎

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  2. Loving your garden.
    Sadly I hear you about couch grass too. It has invaded one of my garden beds very, very thoroughly. As has the rotten beast that I only know as ‘sticky weed’. I don’t use poison so blood, sweat and tears will be involved.
    The rain has meant that our ‘lawn’ has already been mowed more times this year than it was for all of last year.
    And today is again grey and damp.

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    1. At least that sticky weed is easy to move …..I’ve no idea what it’s called or where it comes from. It seems to appear out of nowhere But not every year.
      The couch grass is partly my own making with not getting on top of it last year, I’m not a killing person either so it’s going to be half an hour here and there followed up with mulch immediately. Hopefully what I can’t see I’m not going to worry about

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    1. You’re right Andrew it’s quite colourful out there at the moment. It loses some of the Spring charm once the roses get trimmed of spent flowers.

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  3. Beautiful…really beautiful. 🙂

    I’m dreading summer. Nowadays I hate the heat. I prefer our winters…which aren’t really very cold up this way. If the temps were like that all year through, I’d be a happy little Vegemite! 🙂

    We had some wonderful rain throughout the day yesterday…very welcome rain. I love the rain!

    Take good care. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Lee. The recent rains have definitely helped….topping up my tank to full again. Do you garden….you never mention it so I assume it’s not high on your interests. Even though I sometimes have difficulty I don’t think I could give it away
      We enjoy your Winter climate – much better than ours down here – warmer for a start😊.

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      1. I don’t garden these days, Cathy. My problematic hips, for one thing, don’t allow it…or make it comfortable for me.

        My rented little cabin is at the bottom end of this property…my landlords live up the other end, and my landlord does all the gardening. I gave up trying to grow my own herbs in containers, outside my cabin….not in anyone’s way….because he, who believes he is the gardener-extraordinaire kept spraying everything!! If you get my drift! 🙂

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    1. Is that the same running plant as Vinca. Pale green leaves with little blue/mauve trumpet flowers or is that Convolvulus? I’ve got some out the front that needs bringing to heel….at the moment I’m ignoring it because it’s not really out of hand (and is covering ground) but I’ll need to do something sometime soon

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      1. I think it is the same plant. We use it to hold bare soil on slopes but it becomes rampant and pulling it out seems to be the only way to deal with it when it goes too far.

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    1. That’s Spring for you Cathy. Another month or two things will start to dry up….then there’s a wait until it’s cooler and more colour returns

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  4. Hello Cathy, nice to meet you! I’m coming over from Nature Notes. What a beautiful garden you have! And such gorgeous flowers. It’s fun to see little (welcome) surprises of colour popping up in places you hadn’t planned them.

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    1. I’ve tried to put in things that should be able to cope without huge amounts of water Helen. We do have tanks but tend to leave that supply for any veg we might grow. Roses do very well without water – Adelaide (whose climate is Mediterranean) is known as the Rose City of Australia, there are whole ‘gardens’ in the city devoted to them as well as a government research/development area.
      I never associated Costa Rico with a wet/dry climate…..how far from the equator are you?

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      1. 10 degrees north. I am glad we live where we do…up in the hills in the centre of the country. In the north the summers are so very hot snd dry tht the winters hardly compensate and it is becoming more evident that the climate is changing.
        Previosuly we were too high for coconuts to sprout…now the area is full of them. Leo is wishing it would go the other way so that we could grow potatoes – only possible high up in the areas round the volcanoes south of us.

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    1. Hello Juliet, nice to meet you.
      I have a daughter who works in horticulture- she tells me there are so many strains of lavender it hurts her head trying to remember them. There are strains developed for so many climates blooming at so many times of the year…..I just think in terms of French or English 😊

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  5. It is nice to see your springtime emerging while our hemisphere is edging towards winter. Your lavender looks very beautiful as well as your roses. I hope your back feels better soon–it is hard to garden

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    1. Hello Pat….it has been lovely to see the season change especially with restrictions meaning we’ve been ‘stuck at home’ for the past seven months, no travel allowed.

      Yes the Lavender has been a joy, the roses have put on a great Spring show, and the back …..well the back is a long-standing issue. Could get worse, could stay as it is but always degenerating. I’m crossing fingers and toes it doesn’t spasm, at least I can do a little at a time when it behaves itself

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  6. Lovely to see you link up and that you are a fellow Aussie Blogger!

    Thank you for linking up this week. I do hope to see you link up next week too of course. The optional prompt is44/51 Outside 2.11.2020. Wow: November is here! Denyse.

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