My morning garden inspections continue. Most mornings I check it out just before 7am, while my boiled egg is boiling. Regular readers will know the story. I make a note of three things that catch my eye and take a photograph. In addition, I take mental stock of three tasks that need attending to, but without any deadline for completion.
1. Non-gardeners might regard the Chelsea Chop as some sort of post-lockdown haircut, but we know better. This Penstemon got it back in mid-May, which is the recommended CC month. It is in full bloom. Grown from seed last year, it’s doing very well in a good sunny spot, but will need some winter protection.
2. Here we have a general view looking down the garden, and in the immediate foreground is an ear of barley. I sowed a packet of mixed grasses back in mid-April, and there’s a fine selection of perhaps six different varieties including this. It’s likely the birds will feed off this when the time is right. Initially, I thought it was wheat until my farm-raised wife upbraided me with a gentle “What would you know?”
3. Cycling is very close to my heart. I love almost everything about it, including an occasional lung-busting time-trial, but cleaning my bike does not come easy to me.
I got fed up of taking this bike-stand from the shed and returning it once a week (well, more like once a month). Finally, I decided to leave it in situ and attempt to disguise it as a garden feature. I was going to hang a flower basket on it, but settled for bird-feeder. It’s another win-win situation.
Three things that need doing:
- Wash my bike
- Fill the bird-feeder
- Go cycling
Finally, some non-gardening stuff (just so I’ll be reminded of it when I read this again in 2030).
- Mam got to the hairdresser for first time since March
- Family Zooms continue
- Lunch for 3 in Ormonde
- Social spin last Wednesday and Saturday
- 20km time-trial on Thursday. 37m44s
- Booked entry to Tour de Beara in mid-September
- 40% feel life will be better post-Covid
- Extra €628 million spent on groceries during lockdown
- Palace beaten 3-0 by Leicester
Thanks for reading & I hope you have a great week.
Monday, 6th July 2020.