Garden in the rain

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It is absolutely pouring down with rain today and the wind is blowing really strong. The type of wind that sends people and animals batty!! Look at the horizon in the photo!! Yuk!!

So, Im abandoning doing the garden today and waiting until it is fine again. (Up here in the Pennines that might be a long wait!!)

It is easy to imagine that I am in Wuthering Heights with the sound of the rain and wind. I wonder if Heathcliff will come knocking!!

I did go out to feed the chickens though. They were very pleased and cluck clucked all over the place. Found 3 eggs today too!! Do you want one? Fried or boiled?


Creeping Thyme

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Ok all you gardeners out there, I have a couple of questions: What can I plant in between the flagstones of my back terrace?

Here’s a pict!!

flagstones of terrace

I have looked all over the internet and come up with creeping thyme, baby’s fingers and something called blue star creeper.

So advise please…… it is nearly July, long days here, not that much sunshine this year and lots of weeds already growing between the cracks.

My questions are: Which plant might be best? And what is the best way of planting it and when can I expect results?!!

lol you can tell I’m a new gardener, just wanting instant results!! Anyway, patience Alix!!

Any answers please!!?

Ok to the garden……

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So now to the garden!!

I know nothing about gardens and I want to make the garden of my home beautiful!! As I can see it has been!

I have started to clear some of the undergrowth and I have discovered that this garden has obviously at one time been very loved. (I guess that’s not surprising when you think there must have been a garden here since the 16th century)

I want to plant thyme in between the cracks of the flags. I do wonder how many people over the years have walked on these or pulled the weeds out from in between these huge flags.

However, although the garden has been loved – and it really is obvious – it has not been tended for some years and there is a lot of undergrowth and vegetation that has just grown up and taken over.

So my question is…. how do I tell what are weeds and what are flowers and plants? I really don’t want to inadvertently remove something that will at some point be really beautiful. like today, I started digging out some plant that I knew to be a weed and then turned over a whole load of bulbs. I hastily covered then up again, not having a clue what they are.

And then there is compost!! How to make it? Where to place it? What to put in it in what proportions? Oh it is all to learn!!

I’m content though!! I love being here and doing this garden. Never thought I would like gardening. In fact I didn’t like it!! Maybe it’s my age!! lol

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