Thursday, 26 March 2015

Feed Me Seymour

I've been bad. And I'm ashamed. 
There is no excuse for this kind of neglect, but it happened. Christmas through to March seems to be our busiest time of the year, and this year was no exception. 

In juggling the balls, I let the garden ball slip. 

I lost 1 houseplant; 2 are in critical condition and at least 1 has been quietly and discretely removed from my care by my green-thumbed in-laws. 

I could hide from the HDYGG link up for a while longer, red-faced;  but I thought I could also be honest with the whole gardening thing.
Stuff happens. 
When I shamefully confessed to the Hubs that I have killed a few plants, he responded with a shrug "Oh well!"
I guess. 

I'm still slapping myself on the wrist about it all. Like: "a plant is for life, not just a season darn it! Don't take things in if you can't look after them properly. Lazy woman!"

But you know, things change. 
Last year, I had more time to potter out in the garden and do bits and bobs. This year, I have a new job that I love, but not as much time for the garden.
So I just need to help my plants to be a bit more independent and place them in better locations so that they can fend for themselves while I'm out having a career. 

 This is the worst. So, so sad and thirsty, but when I have noticed this, it's always in the evening when things are cooling down and I then I worry about the frost if I soaked it too late in the day. I think I'll give this guy a whole new makeover and use the cuttings that reproduce so well. A good seeing to and a soaking. It will be ok.

These ones look alright. 
But that's because they are fake

Real women have overgrown bits and bobs, right?
Like lavender here:

She hasn't cut her overgrowth since who knows when!
(And she still has gentlemen bumblebee callers. Not like those fake bloomers.)

Stuff is growing. It's still happening in places, despite the neglect.

 I am a messy person, and I tend to let things get out of control before I tackle them. I think I do this (subconsciously) so that when I do sort things out and clean them up, there is a bigger impact. I wonder if I'm am trying to create my own Secret Garden, leaving things to neglect just so that I can swoop in with Spring and make things right again. Like a hero.
It's not all bad though. 

New growth at the end of the old, dry twigs of last years' growth.

Daffodils are not my cup of tea, except chopped and displayed in a vase, but these ones stay. They are trying their hardest to attract eyes away from the mess. 

This Buddleia was a scrawny thing, pretty much dead. But as a last attempt to help it, I tied it to the wash line for support. It's doing well and up to my chest now. But it's interfering with the kids' pole climbing.

Some stuff is happy, regardless. Some things are dead. And some things will be ok with a bit of attention over the holidays.

I was noticing a pattern and hoping that maybe this was just normal post winter messy-look so I looked back at:
This time last year
This time last year
In general, things were looking better, but still needed some TLC. I think things will be fine. Easter holidays are here, so I'll have a bit more time to get stuck in. I need to get things ready for when the Poppies come again!

How Does Your Garden Grow


  1. You can't see or hear it but I'm doing the whole 'Feeeeed me Seymourrrrrrr!' song bit right now. The things you make me do...

    Your garden looks in far better nick than mine and I don't have a career to juggle! The real women have overgrown bits and bobs made me chuckle, naturally I have no comment to make. I relate to your theory of maybe leaving things till they are in dire need of attention before setting to work so there's maximum before and after impact. I'm like that with my geraniums - which I've brought back from the brink of crispy brown death to blooming glory more times than I can remember...

    It'll all muddle along nicely whilst you juggle. But a 2015 Summer renewal of troll wedding vows best happen of there will be a petition coming your way!

    Thanks for joining in again :)

  2. My gardening looks very similar, but I'm blaming it on this little cold snap we're having this spring. I can't go outside until it's suitably warm!

  3. Oh me too, I've totally let the garden go. But it's been the best part of three years for me. Luckily my husband took it out of my hands and decked the majority of our garden. I've had to finally admit that with a dog, a cat, a baby, a toddler, no childcare and three jobs I can't manage a garden as well. It's on my list of things to do when the kids get to school. So you are doing notable better than me ;)


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