Recent Garden News

 Being modest, as usual...
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The Recent Garden News page displays the fifteen most recent additions to Mooseys Country Garden. This should help visitors keep up with what's going on in my garden.

Gardens are always growing and changing - there's always something new to see. And, as I love writing about my garden almost as much as being in it, there'll always be some new Moosey ramblings to read, or new pictures to look at. Perhaps the garden activities of my summer will warm up a northern hemisphere gardener's winter days. I know how much I enjoy my mid-winter garden visits to summery places.

Two weeks can be a long time in the life of a garden. There's inevitably some repetition, so please be understanding if I'm saying the same things over and over again. I hope you'll enjoy seeing what I've been working on recently...

Perennials or potatoes?Perennials or potatoes?...
Each year I dig or clear a new potato patch. And then I fill it up with new ornamental plants - usually roses, oops. This year I'm going back full circle, to the very first potato patch I ever planted, at the side of the woodshed. I think it might have been thirty years ago (eek!) and is now full of perennials.
My messy glasshouseMy messy glasshouse...
My glasshouse! Aargh! What a mess. A sad, neglected mess. The messiest of messes. I am so ashamed. I have been ignoring it for years. Last year I only used it to start off my seeds. This is pretty poor. And so many recent damp winter days when I could have been cleaning it up, getting it ready for spring. Oops.
2022 Birthday Week2022 Birthday Week...
May have mentioned that this is my Birthday Week. It is not the biggest of big birthdays, but I am going to enjoy myself and do groovy things. My idea of groovy things can be a bit odd, however. May have mentioned that this is my Birthday Week. It is not the biggest of big birthdays, but I am going to enjoy myself and do groovy things. My idea of groovy things can be a bit odd, however. For example, yesterday (oops) I went adventuring for three hours in the Arctic Watershed with a Canadian Youtuber adventurer... <p>For example, yesterday (oops) I went adventuring for three hours in the Arctic Watershed with a Canadian Youtuber adventurer
Sparkling SeptemberSparkling September...
Eek! I forgot to say hello to September. It's my first spring month, and polite gardeners all over New Zealand will be smiling, thanking this lovely month for arriving in their gardens. Greetings, sparkling September, a belated but warm welcome to my garden.
Always something...Always something......
Another day, another pair of clean gardening jeans whose bottom and knees are allowed to get all muddy. What to do today? The nicest thing about my garden is that there's always something to do. At times that may be the not-nicest thing, hee hee.
Prokofiev and Primroses...Prokofiev and Primroses......
Am going through a Prokovief piano phase - very odd, me. Want to improve our relationship, to make a stronger connection. Don't ask me why! So in between bursts of gardening I zoom inside, wash my hands, and play my piano. Prokovief's music is patchy - some parts incredibly noisy and difficult, others really sweet and simple...
WellnessWellness...
Good morning. Wellness is a great buzz-word. I do lots of wellness things. I have non-gardening wellness plans for this morning - a swim and a cafe coffee and brunch. Then some gardening wellness : I plan to start clearing towards the the pond and the cottage. Time that the gnomes had their location spruced up a bit.
A Trim-athon!A Trim-athon!...
Yeay! A Trim-athon! I've had a proper weekend in the garden, trimming. And then trimming. And then some more trimming. I've been targetting the gardens over the water race, which are pretty much non-fussy, multi-shrubby places. Perfect places for a trim.
What am I?What am I?...
MToday I tried a new approach. Asked myself the following deep question : what exactly was I? Was only allowed three choices. The next step was to be each of these three things. Answered self : a gardener, a piano player, and a reader of books.
No more excuses!No more excuses!...
My doctor has blasted my face with liquid nitrogen. So this is a great excuse to come home, ignore the garden, and sink instead into the dog couch to read one of my library books? What a wimp! My face may look funny but it doesn't hurt a bit.
Weather-obsessed...Weather-obsessed......
Another week of weather-obsessed ramblings in this journal, I'm afraid. Each paragraph is full of rain, wind, or cold. The writing is not particularly descriptive or atmospheric, either - and it's rather light on gardening details and achievements. Oops.
More rain...More rain......
More rain. More puddles, on the driveway, in the low parts of the lawns, in the paddocks. And the ground is already quite saturated. But I am lucky to have free-draining soil, yes? So the story of July 2022 in my garden continues its soggy theme...
Thanks...Thanks......
Giving thanks for shelter and warmth - for the firewood we produce on our property, for my house which is warm and well insulated. And for Pond Cottage, my lovely shed-with-a-bed, in which I spend many a cosy winter evening.
Perfect timing?Perfect timing?...
I have very few ongoing gardening details to report, since there's been so much rain. Must thank my garden for accepting all this rain and draining it down into the aquifers. But today I sneaked in some good work, displaying perfect timing. Worked for two and a half hours raking and trimming...
A real frost...A real frost......
Aagh! The first real frost - only minus four degrees, but rather nippy. Guess who has forgotten to take the potted pelargoniums to shelter in the glass-house? Could that possibly be me? Oops. Have already taken the dogs for a walk to check the early flowering Camellias. Lovely!