I’ve had a good weeding session in the AA garden today, the beds are tidy and the little footpaths are pretty much clear too. So why do I feel so guilty…the paths and beds also had lots of self-seeded plants in, plants I like such as aquilegia, polemonium, nigella. I’ve been trying to work round them for years but then the perennial weeds took advantage, and I’ve got lots of weeds, if you see a list of 10 most pernicious perennial weeds, I’ve probably got 8 of them!! So I had to clear everything to get on top of them, well at least the chickens enjoyed them!
I have no compunction about weeding alchemilla mollis, it never ceases to amaze me how tenacious the roots are on the tiniest of plants, let them stay for a season and they’ve moved in! Aquilegias and astrantias I transplant if I can, but there is still a limit to how many I realistically want. I have a hedge of old roses at the top of the garden which borders onto a weed-ridden old railway line, so I quite often pop surplus plants in there to try and keep the weeds on the other side of the fence.
It’s a good time of year for wandering round and deciding what’s looking good and which plants are not happy. I’ve a big sedum which has decided to flop this year which means it needs dividing, an astrantia has definitely outgrown its space and needs a new home. A cotinus coggygria has been regularly damaged so needs a new safer place, they have pretty brittle stems so they don’t take much knocking. I’ve big perennial cornflower too, a beautiful electric purple (if such a colour exists!) I love it but it is such a bully the way it spreads itself around, I’ve tried several homes for this plant but I think its going to be sent to the front garden where it can spread out a bit more.
We got some new chickens yesterday, we usually get point of lay but theses are only about 8 weeks old. My friend had four chickens, including Stanley the cockerel. Two hens (sisters) disappeared within a week of each other and despite extensive searches were only found when 11 chicks each had hatched!!! We’ve chosen two that look like a light sussex, I just hope they’re girls!!! At the moment they are in a little coop in the ‘wet weather play area’, a separate covered area where they can be seen but not got at by our eight ladies. Little Ivy is definitely the bottom of the pecking order at the moment and she is determined she isn’t going remain so, squaring up to the new chicks through the fence, it’s quite comical to watch at the moment but they can be pretty nasty to newcomers. I’m not naming these until they lay an egg so I know they are definitely staying…haven’t got a plan B agreed if they’re not
After all that weeding it was time for a cup of coffee in the summerhouse.