A warm Winter’s day

English: Trees and Bushes
 Trees and Bushes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Although it was bright and sunny on Saturday it was still quite cold. Sunday was the opposite. It was sunny in the morning but later became overcast, nevertheless it was far warmer than the previous day had been. I had been waiting for an opportunity to do some more work in the gardens so I decided to get out there after breakfast. Even so it was after eleven before I went into the rear garden to prune back the remaining four gooseberry bushes. E had pruned some of them together with the seven or eight bushes we have between the patio and the garage, the ones I took the time to reposition some weeks ago. I had planted some Laurel bushes next to the patio wall behind them early last year and they needed moving. I had to wait until the Autumn before I could move them. Anyway events overtook us and the last remaining bushes didn’t get pruned until I decided to do it on Sunday. I spent some time clearing away more leaves and dead branches and twigs which seem forever to drop off our neighbour’s tree on the other side of the wall. That tree is rather large and whenever it gets windy some of the branches and twigs break off and fall into our garden. As I write this there are at least three very large branches which have snapped off but are caught in the canopy. It will take some time for them to rot away and finally drop to the ground. A couple of seasons ago we had some of the overhanging branches cut off after informing our neighbours of our intentions of course. They seem disinterested in maintaining their garden for most of it has become overgrown and overrun with brambles and ivy. They also have Japanese Knot-weed ¬†growing profusely in places. After doing what was necessary in the rear garden both E and I went into the front garden and did some heavy pruning out there too. In the next few weeks I would like to get out in the front garden and dig out some unwelcome ivy which threatens to choke everything else. There is also a Fuchsia which could do with moving if possible. When I get the opportunity I will make the most of it. With gardens there is always something to do.

Shirley Anne

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