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02 September 2014

THE NEW GARDENER


The gardener’s name is Paul. I tell you that because it will be easier to refer to him by name than occupation. Paul comes for two hours once a fortnight to ‘see to’ the garden. And ‘see to’ is what he does well. As you know from previous posts about it, our garden is on the large side and the older we get the more difficult it is to keep in order. Since grass grows faster than anything else in the nature’s world it was becoming a REAL chore trying to control it all. Until we found Paul.

I told him at the outset to treat the garden like his own and that is what he does. He mows the lawns, trims hedges, controls bushes, weeds patio and front drive, and literally lops anything that tries to overtake, all at a speed that makes me feel breathless. Even my wild patch looks decent. The birds, of course, love it when he mows the lawn. Evidenced by the speed of visits once he’s gone they can’t wait until he’s finished … it’s a great time for finding worms, apparently.

When gardening comes to an end in the winter months Paul is going to sort out the fish pond that has been neglected for the last few years. How well I remember when the pond was a pretty sight, with flowers all round, goldfish and koi carp aimlessly gliding, breeding newts and frogs on the lily pads, not to mention the grey heron who came to snatch a few newts. That was a sight. The heron would drag a sheet of weed onto the lawn and shred it to bits in his search for baby newts.

It would be great if those days could be brought back … for my sake, not the newts!

13 comments:

Brian Miller said...

nice...glad the gardener is getting things in hand...and i bet the fish pond will be nice when he gets done with it...

Joseph Daggatt said...

I am pleased to see that you will be newtral!

Ron said...

Valerie, Paul sounds like a gem of a gardener - fast and efficient.

Can't wait to see what he does with the fish pond.

Have a lovely Tuesday, dear lady.

X to you and Joe!

Banker Chick said...

That is the best thing about our lawn guy. He keeps the wild away. I am going to do some fall planting this year since I don't have to keep after the yard. He also did our gutters for a small additional cost. He is very reasonable, I haven't let Mr BC up on a ladder since he turned 70.

Valerie said...

BC, you're wise to keep Mr BC off the ladders... the risk isn't worth taking when we get older.

Valerie said...

Ron, he is a gem. In just a few weeks the garden became a real garden instead of something to be ashamed of. Thank you, happy Tuesday to you, too.

Valerie said...

Brian, anything that is done to the pond will be an improvement... we've neglected it.


Joe, corny jokes become you... grins.

Mersad said...

I'm glad Paul is able to help you out and create at least some resemblance of what once was!

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

DeniseinVA said...

Now that's lovely! Glad you found a good guy in Paul, he sounds like a hard worker.

DeniseinVA said...

Almost forgot to answer your question Valerie. Thanks for visiting my seagull post. I took my photos with a 300m lens, not a macro.

Pam Beers. said...

Your yard and garden is beautiful. Looks like a great spot to reminisce and take lots of photos. Take care and be well.

Glad you have Paul to help with yard and garden work.

Valerie said...

Hi Pam,thank you. I have taken lots of photos out there... the wild flowers in particular, which I love.

Mel said...

Wow...I'm so glad for the both of you. Let someone do the work, sit back and enjoy. Most excellent. I like the man already. I hope he sorts out the pond for you. It sounds like you've missed it.