Here’s the thing. If ‘oct’ indicates the number ‘eight’, why is October the tenth month of the year? A little conundrum to take your mind away from the everyday worries of climate change, shifting politics, global economics and what to have for dinner this evening. For a minute or two at least.
This week we went walkabout and worked in other people’s gardens. Always a fun thing to do, provided we keep our surrealist tendencies in check. Usually there’s someone about to keep an eye on things…
…and a good job too
Here’s one group, receiving their instructions
On your marks…get set…
And they’re off!
Cut back annuals
Plant up a shady bed
Liriope ‘Silvery Sunproof’
Add ferns and pieces of wood
Some plants can stay exactly where they are…
How’s it looking?
My goodness. That does look good
Yes, it does –
but I really must get on.
Now apply the same idea to the raised bed on the other side of the garden.
Plants for a sunny site
Alchemilla mollis and Sedum spectabile ‘Stardust’
and maybe Pennisetum?
And from another angle?
Plant Agapanthus in a sunny spot
This looks promising
The fairies will keep an eye on them
Some Agapanthus remain happily in their pots
And here are the hard-core weed-excavator-experts
Their knowledge of weeds can literally be measured in bucketloads
A bucketload of buckets
It’s all great fun, but is it time for tea yet?
Now that sounds like a good idea
I give you…
(Just a short break, mind!)
The challenge: prune Arbutus unedo.
Aka the Strawberry Tree
Weed the ‘holding beds’
Adding the finishing touches
A second hard-working group tame a trellis of triffids
Now for the wall…
Let’s deal with this too, before we go
A few snips and it’s like Elvis –
“It’s all good”
Meanwhile, in a garden not too far away…
There are bulbs are going in
Lay them out
Don’t forget to plant them
So, a successful day all round. As one garden owner put it: “Friday Group were brave and wonderful”. One feels a F/G motto coming on.
And, by the way, ‘October’ was the eighth month of the ancient Roman calendar, which was replaced by the Julian calendar in 45 BCE. It then became the tenth month! The Julian calendar was itself replaced by the Gregorian calendar in the 16th century.
(Let’s hope it comes up in a pub quiz.)
Back to our usual venue next Friday