In the past two weeks we have had a major eclipse, the term has finished at school and Parliament has been dissolved to make way for the General Election. All worthy or exciting events, but frankly not as exciting for this midlife green fingered gopher as the opportunity to get out in the garden and actually get some stuff done. So while the leaders debate who has failed whom, gongs are given out at school for adding up really quickly or colouring between the lines and the moon tries to blot out the sun, it is good to address important issues like cleaning the greenhouse which, as always at this time of year, lives up to its billing as – literally – a green house, such is the mould on the glass. But a quick dose of Jeyes fluid and a spray with the hose pipe and an afternoon’s work has seen off twelve months advancing algae.
While Mrs B and I were working on ridding one airborne invader from the garden the faithful Lab-Retriever was working a little riddance of her own for another airborne invader. Ella just does not get the fact that as a Retriever (or Labrador – whatever half of her genetic makeup is taking precedence at the time) she really ought to wait till a bird is shot before bringing it back. She managed to flush out a pheasant that had taken up temporary residence in the garden and took up the challenge of downing the bird. I guess, for a dog that is obsessed with squirrels and is constantly trying to work out ways of retrieving them from the branches, the chance to snatch a bird is a rare opportunity for hope to triumph over commonsense expectation. So despite our demands to the contrary, Ella rampaged through shrub and border in her quest and triumphantly brought the bird back to us. A rare victory for canine over avian, though pheasants barely qualify as flying birds (certainly not as part of Noel Gallagher’s band), but that is why we do not have cats, as we value the bird life around here too much.
The past couple of weeks have been spent planting a few seeds and planning our flower growing – at which point a big “shout out” for my new BGF (best gardening friend) at Higgledy Garden. I have just discovered this fab website which can cater for all our flower seed needs as well as entertaining us with regular blog and Facebook posts. I bought an excellent value selection of sweet peas from Ben and he threw in a packet of nicotiana for good measure. The sweet peas are in and doing well in the sparkling greenhouse and I will no doubt be picking out nicotiana soon. The scent around the garden come July should be intoxicating.