Wednesday, 27 February 2008

A Long Term Niceness.

Tommy doing a bit of shredding for me.
Today I made a start on pruning the roses as the weather was very nice and spring like. I have to confess that rose pruning is not one of my favourite jobs. Thankfully the flowers in summer make all the backache and sore hands worthwhile. Below is a picture of what is known as the rose garden, there are several more rose beds scattered around the place. So as not to have too much of a good thing all at once I prune one bed then add a top dressing of fertilizer and then work over the soil, this way it helps to break up the job a little. For the first top dressing I use Growmore at the prescibed rate then every month to six weeks I apply another top dressing of either bonemeal or rose fertiliser depending on whats to hand. The garden centre I use doesn't allways have bags of rose fertiliser just little boxes which as you can imagine in a garden this size goes nowhere and would cost a fortune so I tend to go for bonemeal which they do stock in larger amounts.

I’m not sure what is occurring with the game keeper of late but he has been very nice and friendly, I don’t know if this is going to be a long term niceness or just a passing phase but I’ve reported the bad times so it’s only fair that I report the good times too. The other day he cut me some logs for us and then yesterday he helped me right the trampoline that had blown over in the wind. It certainly makes for a much better working environment.

Well better get off to bed, I didn't sleep to well last night, for some reason I woke up really cold which was really strange as I'm never cold in bed and then when I did fianlly get off to sleep the darn bed starts shaking, I'm just about to tell misunderstood Tommy to stop scratching when everything else in the room starts rattling and whilst Tommy can give a pretty good impression of an earthquake when he's scratching I've never knowing him shake the wardrobe doors open so I assumed either someone was trying to land a 747 on the house or we were having an earthquake. Either way I didn't see any point in running so I held on to the bed and awaited my fate.


Kimmie said...

You must be brave Bob, it takes a wise man to use common sense right as he is woken out of slumber.

Hunter is a scratcher as well, though not usually room moving quality ;-)

mama to 6
one homemade and 5 adopted

Jim said...

Well Bob, I can see that due to his size things might shake a little when he scratches.
I'm glad you let him sleep in your bedroom, our Adi sleeps beside us in her bed also.
She doesn't shake things when she scratches, but does rattle her tags.
Her tags also rattle when she shakes her head to hear her long ears flapping. That wakes us up, her snore generally don't bother us.

That Crinan Canal has some very pretty places. We didn't see it that we knew about.

We haven't planted anything here yet, we will only plant a couple small beds at the end of the walk out by the street. Mrs. Jim will choose the ones.

Jeanette said...

Hi Bob. You have a good helper there. Hope tommy gets a reward for helping...

Matron said...

I bet you didn't consider that it might be an earthquake, did you? Strange! Good idea putting your dog to work in the garden. I will send Buddy out today to make me some woodchips! (not really- he has a few teeth missing!)

Merle said...

Hi Bob ~~ I heard there was an earthquake in the UK but I don't know
if it was anywhere near you. I hope it didn't do too much damage. Take care,
Regards, Merle.

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Wow you are already starting with your roses. At least a month ahead of us.