Despite the vagaries of the weather, the English are a nation of gardeners and I've made a determined attack on my patch of land this week. I spent several hours on Monday forking over a vegetable plot which I intend to grass over at some point, and was then too tired to attend my photography class in the evening. But despite an aching back I've managed to weed most of the borders and the garden, which has been a bit neglected for a couple of years, is looking more loved.
This Mahonia self-seeded. I think it makes a nice contrast with the bark of the Silver Birch, which was a parting gift from colleagues some years ago.
I grew this camellia, bought cheaply in a supermarket in a pot for two years . I planted it near the patio this week, after throwing some peat and mycorrhizal fungi into the planting hole. Unfortunately the frost caught the flower buds but it's now in a sheltered spot near a sunny wall. It's still small but next year will look good with the Blue Arrow junipers that I also planted this week.
I will be spending most of the weekend in the garden, weather permitting. Hopefully, I will soon be in a position to put out some garden furniture, lay back, relax, and enjoy!