More garden work

There was but one small thing to do in the garage and that was to fit the other keyhole escutcheon disc on the inside of the new door. I had been too busy to fit it on Monday as I was concentrating on other things. It would only have taken a few minutes to do so I thought but when I did fit it on Tuesday morning it proved to be a bit of a nuisance. One of the screws simply wouldn’t screw in all the way perhaps because there was a small knot inside the wood. I had to find another shorter screw and then found it wasn’t holding! Back to the first screw again and I dropped it on the floor and spent five minutes looking for it. You have to remember these screws are quite tiny. Eventually I managed to screw it in with the aid of a persuading tool….a hammer! The second screw had to be put in at a slight angle as there wasn’t enough wood immediately behind it because the slot was just a tad too wide. You have to be spot on with these things but isn’t it usually the case that the small things cause the most problems? I find it so anyway. The main task for the day was a job in the garden, specifically on the patio. If you remember a few weeks ago I wrote about topping the two small flowerbeds with pebbles, well I wanted to do the same with the larger bed.

First of all though I had to add some compost and a generous helping of bone meal. There was just enough of the pebbles remaining to cover the surface though I had to pinch some from the lawn feature to do it. Fortunately the lawn feature had more than enough pebbles to lose a few. Notice the Phoenix Canariensis nearest the camera in the first shot and on the far right in the second. It had been cut back drastically after the wind damage caused by ‘The Beast from the East’ two winters ago. New growth has sprung from the centre so it has recovered though looking a bit sad.

The other looks better for being larger but it was damaged too and it hasn’t as yet produced new growth like the other one. During the winter just past they were both well wrapped up and suffered no further damage. The ones in the smaller beds on the other hand are doing enormously well but they are better protected from the wind. That was all I did on the day except to give the garden another watering.

Shirley Anne