Thursday, 19 March 2009

A Gardener's Work is Never Done

A gardener's work is never done - as it says on a couple of pretty china mugs that I have. It certainly felt like that this week as I spent a good part of 2 days pruning 24 shrubs. Some cut back to the ground, some thinned out and some just pruned back. Then of course chopping up all the twigs and branches so that they can go in the garden refuse bins that we hire from our town council.

It did also afford me the opportunity to wallow in blue skies and warm sunshine as already today the clouds have gathered and it has cooled down.

Having come home from grocery shopping this morning I thought I had better get stuck in to some painting of woodwork in our bedroom as I had managed to get out of that during my time of gardening. It has been a long haul due to unforeseen problems which I will post about next time when hopefully all will be finished.

Tomorrow I will be going over to Janie's again to look after darling Oliver while his Mummy goes to 2 different hospitals for a number of tests as she is being carefully monitored for some problems that have developed.

For now I will leave you with some current colour from my garden.
























24 comments:

Brenda said...

Beautiful garden flowers! Our crocus' are just now barely coming out. There is hope!

Sara said...

You have some really beautiful and unusual plants in your garden. That first one is so amazing to me. I've never seen that before.

Crafty Gardener said...

You have certainly been busy in the garden. Hope that everything is okay for Jane and enjoy your time with Oliver.

Lorrie said...

Beautiful! Your garden is definitely ahead of ours.

I hope all goes well with the new little one.

Lorrie

bennie and patsy said...

Hard work pays off ,your garden is so colorful.
patsy

Andrea said...

How beautiful! You are certainly rewarded for your hard work. I look forward to the pictures of your remodel. Take care, and many blessings to you.

Andrea

zetor said...

Beautiful colours, I love the crocuses. Enjoy your day with Oliver, hope all goes well at hospital.

Willow said...

The forsythia and crocuses look lovely, so bright and cheerful.

Needled Mom said...

The plants all look beautiful. I love crocus as they pop up their little heads.

I say special prayers for Janie that all will turn out well with her tests.

Vee said...

Oh there's quite a bit of color already in your beautiful garden!
Glad that you had the time out in the sunshine and warm air. I'm sure that your soul has just craved that.

Have a wonderful day with Oliver. Keeping Janie and the wee one in prayer.

a woman who is said...

You are definitely a full 2 or 3 weeks ahead of us I think. I am trying to get to my pruning done, but I like the nice weather to cooperate. I am glad you have had some. Your plants are stunning.

Prayers are going up for Janie and baby. I know you will have a wonderful day with Oliver. I am praying for lots of energy for you too ;)

nanatrish said...

Barb, what beautiful flowers! Your work in the garden sure paid off. Flowers are so comforting.

Lavinia said...

Heavenly! Everything is still brown here....we are several weeks away from blooms, although a few brave tulips starting to poke through the frozen soil

minpinmom said...

Lovely pics! I did some work in our back yard the last couple days and ouch! LOL! I don't like the fact that I can't do as much with my health issues but I still manage to make myself good and sore!

Linda said...

Your garden is looking really good. I'm sure it will be worth all of the hard work.

Elizabethd said...

You have lots of colour so early in the season!

Barb said...

Hi Barbara,

Thank you so much for your visit. I can't believe you took the time to read through all those posts-you are incredible. Enjoy your time with your grandbaby. When you have a chance, please drop by as there is a little something waiting for you.

hugs

KaReN EiLeeN said...

Found your welcoming blog from Barb at French Elements. So glad I did. I just love fresh flowers.... you have been tending yours so well.

Warm Wishes,
KAREN EILEEN

Melanie said...

What lovely Spring pictures! I feel so ready for some sunshine. :-)

Have a lovely and special weekend. :-)

inspired said...

a well worked garden.. Beautifull \o/

margotreehugger said...

Beautiful pictures Barbara. You are right a gardeners work is never done.

I have just nominated you to receive the “When Life Gives You Lemons” blog award, on my Margo Treehugger Blog.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Spring as certainly returned to your garden! It's lovely.

Saying a prayer for Oliver's mum. Hope all is well.

Vee said...

Barbara, I'm flying over from Janie's where I learned that it's Mother's Day there. Hope that you had a wonderful one!

Barbara said...

Your vegetation is far much ahead of ours. The Forsythia is just starting to show their yellow buds, but not yet open. You're right a gardener's work is never done, there is always something to do, to change, to improve...but also to enjoy. Thank you for your comment. I don't know why you couldn't leave a message some days. Nobody else "complained"...;-) !
Enjoy your lovely Spring garden and have a good time!
Barbara