It is the last Sunday of February and, well, its raining again! I shouldn’t complain though, I had a lovely morning outside, when it was dry, and the sun was shining. It’s incredible how energy is boundless when working outside in the sun. I pruned the roses, trimmed the Spireas and lopped feet off my Elder Sambucus Nigra which, incidentally, I bought about 5 years ago in a small pot for £6.50 from B&Q. It has grown into a tree about 8 ft high, (well, it was until this morning) and it drips with elderberries in the Summer. I just love the purple almost black leaves, especially against the pink flower heads.
I also gave my Hibiscus a haircut. Most of us have a reminder in the garden that has a story. Nine years ago, as a leaving present, I was bought a hardy Hibiscus plant for the garden (not the tropical large dark green variety). Why a Hibiscus? Sometimes, we went with Barristers to visit women in Holloway Prison, who had been arrested on entry to the UK. It is a tenuous link, but, Hibiscus is the voluntary organisation, based in Holloway HMP, working with foreign women. It was a memento of my time working at that office. My Hibiscus has grown and flowers beautifully every year and I think about those days often. I don’t know what variety it is, there was no name on the label but it has a lovely pale pink flower. It is now about 5ft high with a spread of roughly 3ft to 4ft, so a good sized shrub.
I achieved 101 gardening jobs, trimming, nipping, tidying, loosening soil around plants, weeding, hoeing and whilst packing up in the rain, I stood and viewed my work with a sense of satisfaction.
So, to bring February to an end, I thought rather than write any more I would show you some photos I took this morning, because they speak louder than words when it comes to prove that Spring really is just about here.
Finally a photo to remind me of my next job. My fight against the ivy is ongoing. I gave up trying to eradicate it completely. It does make a good backdrop and the birds love the berries, but it is unruly and it needs to be brought into line and reminded whose boss. I only have to leave it a few months for it to run rampant, setting out across the flower beds as well as over the walls.