‘Makeover’ is a bit of an exaggeration admittedly, but at this time of year, when the snowdrops pop up all over the front garden, I try to clear away enough brambles and ground elder etc. so that we can enjoy these first signs of spring.
As I crawled along the meandering path with my trusty trug, secateurs and trowel, removing the weeds, it became clear that it was time to replace the almost-composted bark chipping that forms the basis of the pathway here.
So, between the worst periods of wind, rain and storms this week, I have been doing exactly that. Seven large, heavy (waterlogged) bags of landscape bark chipping later, this is what it now looks like:
Instantly tidier, bit like edging a lawn! Plus, I have removed four large trug loads of weeds and ground elder along the route (It will never be gone – I ‘manage’ it).
As the snowdrops finish, cheerful Tête-à-tête daffodils are injecting a bit of a glow along the edges:
And my favourite dark purple crocuses (Ruby Giant) are opening at the weakest hint of sunshine to provide sustenance for passing pollinators and gardeners alike:
I found that I got a good view of the various hellebores in the garden from clearing the path on my knees too. This one is Harvington’s ‘Pink Speckled’. It looks adorable with the sun behind it:
I also noticed that the flowering currant is already starting to come into flower … that seems very early to me:
I’ve still got a large patch of self-seeded stinking hellebore (Helleborus foetidus) at the very end of the path to dig out (I’m potting them up until I decide what to do with them) and then the job is done. I should be out there now really … but it is so soggy from earlier that I am here with a cup of tea, in the warm instead, typing in a quick Six-on-Saturday post.
Many thanks to Jonathon for posting and hosting. There are plenty more gardening Sixes to see via the comments on his blog, so do take a look.
And as the weather is looking better for tomorrow I hope that you get to enjoy your gardens then!