Tuesday, August 24, 2021

THERE is a common saying that August is in the middle of the ‘silly season’ and, that is because there is nothing much news going on, so that people resort to trivial, irrelevant or silly things to do or say. I suppose it is a typical time to relax, unwind and have our holidays so, you can expect some of the above antics to occur.

Time flies

Everyone has a different way of managing their schedules and future plans, even if it is for the following week but, there is no set or correct way that suits everybody. I personally find that there is never enough time to do the things that I want to do but, I do make space for downtime too, or else I would become overtired and that would defeat the whole process. I have to make lists otherwise I would miss meetings or appointments, important things to do and it would wreck my head if I was not organised.

Open or closed

I should imagine that everyone looks forward to the summer months and, maybe too much, as in practical terms it is only about eight weeks. We decided early on not to take a blind bit of notice of the government’s monotonous announcements of when and how much of the country would be open or closed as, there was too much depending on hope without anything to back it up.

As you know, the smart thing is to take every day as it comes and make the most of whatever time you have and, we have had some brilliant warm sunny days where it seems the whole country dropped tools and enjoyed some down time.

Slipping away

I sometimes think about the Simon & Garfunkel song ‘Slip Sliding Away’ particularly during the summer and it can be interpreted in a number of ways but, I feel we need to make the most of our lives and, as there is so much out there of interest that should not be a problem. Of course, like gardening there are bound to be knocks and setbacks but, we learn to get up again and have another go and, maybe in another way.

Oasis

Being involved in nature and by extension gardening has been a great joy to countless people, especially to those who have  experienced the hobby for the first time during the lockdowns.

It is or can be an oasis of calm and peace and there is always something of interest, new or exciting to do or see there and for inspiration look at what is growing outside your own garden. I see ideas and plants that catch the eye when out and about and it prompts me to translate this into doing some alterations or improvements in my garden.

Go for Gold

Fresh from our successful Olympics we might, when it comes to garden plants, try and obtain the best variety possible when adding something new to our garden.  The trouble is that few plants are sold in flower so, there is a chance when selecting them on the basis of a colour label that it might not turn out as you had wished.  Never mind, most flowering plants are beautiful so, you can accept or live with it and if it does not live up to your expectations you can always offload it to a friend.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Your potted displays will stop flowering if they dry out and they will not recover before the winter.

The simple solution is to tease out the dead plants and insert fresh flowers into the gaps and carry on as before with watering regularly with maybe one more feed and they should continue flower well into the autumn. New fillers can include begonias, violas and pansies.

If you have any queries or comments, you’re welcome to share them with me on (051) 384273 or [email protected] and if of general interest, I’ll include it in a future newsletter.

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