The best laid plans…

The best laid plans…

So this is the year we were finally going to do something about the garden. After 5-6 years or so of mostly neglect - due to both of us being properly lazy and somewhat cackhanded this year we figured we'd have a go at it. And it has been proven very enjoyable once you actually get away from the desk and out into the garden. For the past ummm.. years we've collected - thanks to the aforementioned lazyness - a rather large mound of soil/compost/debris to one side of the what once was a flat lawn. We're talking about one of those postage stamp sized English urban gardens here. So no matter where it went it'd be right in the middle of it all, really. It all started with a cackhanded attempt to put in a path, the lifted sod had to go somewhere so an oblong mound was formed as it wouldn't be a good thing to stack it up against the fence. Then when the mound was started it became the obvious place to dump grassclippings etc. as we just hadn't got around to fix a compost yet and I refuse to let Him do his normal trick of bag them and stuff them in the garbage bin as seems to be the default in this part of the word. Over the years this acumulated stuff has broken down and this mound now is a nice resource for compost. Perfect! just what we needed to build up some flowerbeds and stuff like that to put plants in, the things that make the garden a garden and not just a lawn. This was the plan. Fix a proper compost to use rather than just pile stuff up in the middle of the lawn - all done. Dig out the mound and pile it up to form a nice long bed alongside the fence. Then plant stuff in it. This is what we've been hard at the last couple of weekends steeming ahead. But today it came to a crash. As we were starting to see an end to it and was removing dead stuff from the top of the bit of the mound that's left. I uncovered a bumblebee nest. So now we can't touch that bit of the mound - don't want to disturb them more than we already have. Bumblebees = good, and while maybe not endangered, they keep going on about how the bumblebee population has declined drastically in the last umteen years or so. I guess that we're stuck with a rather silly looking mound a while longer. The best laid plans... are stopped by bumblebees.
Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Hibiscus identification?

Hibiscus identification?

SWISS STEAK-PAULA DEEN…..

SWISS STEAK-PAULA DEEN…..

Can I have an ID please?

Can I have an ID please?

Wardrobes are the bane of my life.

Wardrobes are the bane of my life.

What’s wrong with my maple?

What’s wrong with my maple?