A busy April at Southland’s Farm Cottages?

7th April 2015 | Dee's Diary, Southlands Farm News

I really really LOVE this time of year! The birds are singing their hearts out and nesting, the frogs are having a party in the pond! We are calving, lambs are all around us and the chickens are thrilled not to be blown off their feet.The daffodils are a golden signal that everything is full of promise!

In the winter we had to take down an old  garden  shed/’Den’ which used to be the back of a war time ambulance( Only Charles!) It was adored by the children as a play house then a teenage hide out then finally an art studio for me. Sadly its days were numbered and it had to be taken down, there was a lot to do.The hedge behind it was cut,shredded and spread  on the borders.

Now several months on you would never know it had been in the  garden, the grass seed has taken and the borders re cut. It also provided  a great excuse to purchase a few new shrubs and perennials to fill the gap. This whole exercise has made me push on with the garden a little earlier than normal. I gave Charles a sprayer for his Birthday! that fits on the back of the quad to get the big weeds! And he gave me my fantastic tipping trailer for the quad which is proving invaluable! I have been cutting back the roses crossing my fingers for no more frost and tying them back on the new supports we made in the Orchard..Easter weekend we have made a start on the vegetable garden and tidied the greenhouse and I also did some bargain basement shopping buying some sale pots of Primroses and mini daffodils to add to what we have.We also moved the horses muck heap and spread it all over the flower beds.

I now have splats of paint on me from painting the plant supports, my hands look like shovels, my back aches and I have to keep the dogs from eating the horse muck on the borders! …..but the garden is looking good!


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