The first two days of this Spring Bank Holiday brought us welcome sunshine, and a chance to catch up on several jobs in the garden.

The old wood pile, waiting to be broken into kindling

As well as general maintenance of the kitchen and ornamental borders, and quiet work in the greenhouse, the biggest job was to tackle the pile of old wood stacked at the feet of the horse chestnut and beech trees part-way down the garden. This mostly comprised old broken pallets from building supplies, and bits of rotten wood, that were not suitable for working.

Cutting up wood for kindling

The diminishing wood pile

King of the Hill swung his chainsaw and worked methodically through the pile, while I helped him process the wood, breaking the thinner pieces to a size that would fit in our stoves, and fill the wheelbarrow. He then stacked them in the woodstores around the garden, replenishing our kindling supplies.

We managed to rake up the worst of the sawdust from the area where the wood was processed, leaving rather a spindly patch of yellow grass that should soon rejuvenate. Overnight rain began to fall, which has continued sporadically through today – traditional Bank Holiday weather caught up with us after all.

Woodland area cleared and ready for preparation

Long view along the border to the newly cleared woodland area

A happy – and well timed – surprise then arrived late in the day, as one of the lovely ladies in the village, with whom I was chatting at the village seed swap that I organised recently, brought us two handsome hostas from divisions in her garden. I’ve stood these in their pots at the edge of this new woodland area, where I shall dig them in at the first opportunity – I missed my chance earlier today when the rain ceased and the skies cleared for a few hours.

A little more work is required here, as cuckoo pint, ivy and brambles have freely colonised this patch, but already we have one less eyesore in our garden, and a new, albeit small, area almost ready to plant. I have already filled this space in my head many times over, with a mix of woodland plants which will tolerate the dry soil at the feet of the mature trees, but won’t mind some sun. This area faces south, so that the morning and evening shade are interrupted by the scorch of midday sun despite the canopy of the trees.


16 thoughts on “Clearing

  1. Very satisfying when you create a new planting space. your Hostas will love their new home; it is surprising how drought tolerant they are. Christina

    • We tend to have quite good rainfall here in South Wales, so hopefully we’ll have plenty of water to keep the hostas lush and green.

  2. Hi,

    Congrats on getting your wood sorted out – I’ve also got an unsightly pile of wood that I’ve no use for but don’t want to throw away… No real idea what to do with it!
    But I am determined to get rid of it this year!

    This weekend has been OK here and we still haven’t had the promised rain! We were due for today to pretty much rain all day, but we’ve only had some quick showers; now, that I can cope with!

    • It’s lovely to look out onto the garden and not be drawn to the pile of wood in the corner!
      Good to be able to get out into the garden over the long weekend, without being trapped in by rain.

  3. I sat inside watching the rain for most of the time! 😦
    Weather forecast for the next few days doesn’t look very promising either.

    • Ah, indeed my mum said that it had been quite different weather over the weekend down there.
      For us it continued raining all night, but this morning the sun is out, though clouds are swooping across so the rain may be back here soon too…

  4. A bank holiday would not be complete without a touch of the wet stuff. Looking forward to reading about the planting up of your new area and what a great gift to start it off with.

  5. Job well done! I need to tackle the borderland between the edge of my garden and the wood. All this rain has encouraged the brambles to send out tentacles along with all the weeds. I just know it will probably be an all day job and do what you did and just get on with it!!

  6. I can imagine you both felt very pleased with your day’s work, as many above have commented, it must have been very satisfying to clear the wood pile. One of my elderly neighbours grows many hostas in pots, they are always immaculate and very impressive, good slug control is a must! Bethx

    • Very satisfying. The hostas have been left unattended so far (although in the ground now). I must make some copper rings or something, to give them some protection…

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