It feels like I’ve returned to normal today – my teaching days are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. It all seemed to go well, I must have the nicest pupils in the world, they were all brilliant about the new precautions, and we were all incredibly pleased to see each other. It will take some getting used to fitting these hours of work into my gardening/caring schedule but this is the work that I want to continue with, so I am very relieved to start again. It was quite disturbing to hear all of my secondary school pupils, who are very sensible young people, expressing concern about the lack of Covid precautions being taken in their own schools.
This does make me worry about what the future holds, there is not much point me being so careful if this is not happening elsewhere. I will just have to pray that if I continue to be super careful that I will be able to continue working.
Today, I was determined to not be kept from the garden and the weather is still incredibly warm. I decided that the job for the day was the rose border in the front field. This border can become neglected because there is not much going on in the front field…yet! At the end of my mad ‘planting out’ spree in July, I did add some new things to this border. It already contains a collection of multi-coloured roses and amongst them are planted foxgloves, heuchera with a lovely variety of different coloured foliage and stock. I added to this, some very unpromising looking verbascum (snowy spires), eight dwarf Lavender Munstead (free gift with a Parkers order) and some dodgy looking cosmos. I spent the day weeding the bed, trimming the grass edge and soft pruning the roses and I was very pleasantly surprised by the condition of the new additions. The little lavenders looked fresh and healthy and the verbascum leaves were enormous which is promising for next year, even the dodgy cosmos’ were flowering – hurray!
As usual the job took much longer than anticipated, but the border is 20m long, so I should be more realistic in my expectations. At the end of the day I walked down to the bottom of the field to trim the grass which was very long and luxurious around the orange stemmed cornus (Midwinter fire) and white bark birch (Betula Jacquemontii). This is another job that gets over looked, hence the luxuriant growth, because Patrick cannot mow too close to this planting. The next stage in developing the landscape of the front field will be the addition of several thousand daffodil bulbs around the perimeter. For now, my other rather grandiose plans for this blank canvas will have to bide their time!