On Tuesday, we went to Fort Victoria to do some scooting / bike riding / roller skating. It was actually a terrific spot – up on top of the fort, it was nice and flat (and had railings) so the kids could do their thing and, although windy, it wasn’t cold.
The other day we went down to the sea front with my husband’s brother and sister in law and their kids. The tide was in (most inconveniently, it seems to be high tide right in the middle of the day at the moment) but the kids could still throw stones into the sea (and the two oldest cousins could practice their roller skating).
So yesterday I wrote out the thank you cards. I like to get this done before the twelve days of Christmas are up – I think it’s actually easier to get stuff like cards done before we go back to normal life. Plus then I get that lovely warm glow from having done this nice and early.
After the excellent sounding advice on here from Kal, I planted out my foxgloves and what was left of the crappy lupins on Sunday. I felt awesome for having done it – it’s one of those jobs that you think will take about 45 minutes but actually takes about two hours.
I planted the bigger ones out first, in the wildflower meadow. Some of them really are incredibly leggy – am not convinced that all will survive.
The smaller ones, I put in the lower garden with the heuchera and acers. I hope that they will be able to do battle with some of the weeds that come up there – although really, that is not all that weedy a bed.
Although a lot of stuff has started flowering really early, quite a lot of my garden is dormant. I used to have a load of heuchera on a bank at the side of the garden but most didn’t survive the summer. I’ve put in a load of heather which I hope will look great once it’s Spring.
My rose garden also isn’t doing very much (which is as it should be). I’m think of sowing the seeds for the Love in the Mist and poached egg plants there in February. I hope that the salvia, in particular, perks up next Spring. It looks really sorry for itself and was fantastic for bees last summer.
As well as my food compost bin, we also have a waste compost bin. This is for things like weeds, brambles, grass and bits that I hack off trees and bushes (basically, all the stuff that I won’t put in my “proper” compost bin).