Haven't the last few days been incredibly wonderful? We've spent so much time in the garden over the last couple of days trying to get jobs done I feel quite exhausted and ache quite a bit too! Yesterday afternoon I gave the lawns their first cut of the season whilst Paul re-felted the shed roof. They were both quite noisy jobs but I can tell you the sound the frogs were making in the pond was much louder. Our next door neighbour took a break from mowing her lawn and popped through the gap in the hedge to have a peep because she could hear the frogs from their conservatory!! You may remember my post of 14th March well it seems as if 'H' from Little Sealed Packages is having the same problem according to her- post - today the culprits in her case are crows not magpies but they have the same devastating effect.
Since last autumn we've been creating a gravel and slab path from the patio round to the pond and up towards the shed. Yesterday we needed more gravel and weed control fabric so we set off towards a little nursery in Ireland's Cross where we have found some very reasonably priced pea gravel of which we can managed eight bags at a time in the back of the car. As the nursery is near the village of Woore we decided to travel to the other side of the village first and have a walk around the gardens at Bridgemere Garden World.
There was so much cheering spring colour in the gardens.
These gardens are lovely and free to walk around.
There is lots of work going on at Bridgemere within the garden centre and also the retail units. There is already a Hobbycraft, a Cotton Traders and an Edinburgh Woollen Mill but we noticed that there is going to be a Lakeland outlet soon, too. Now that will be useful as we usually have to travel to Derby, Wilmslow or Shrewsbury to find a Lakeland shop.
As well as the gravel we also bought a new Rosemary plant to replace the one we lost in the bad weather. Next replacement purchase will be a bay as our bay tree is also a casualty of the bad weather. Then we will replace the lavender plants we lost too. It has been such a bad winter for losing plants we have had for years and years. It has been hard to say goodbye to some of our old friends.
Meanwhile pondside the story of the cycle of life goes on!