“Better a little which is well done, than a great deal imperfectly.”Plato, classical Greek philosopher and mathematician
and “Well begun is half done.” Aristotle, Greek philosopher and student of Plato.
The sun is shining, there is no wind, the area has been cleared but where are the contractors? I was full of excitement this morning when I saw the sun shining after a weekend of almost constant rain and wind. Surely the contractors would be here bright and early to finish what they started on Friday.
But no sign of them yet. With the rain over the weekend, the area that was cleared is showing a great abundance of sprouting weeds. But I guess the paving just goes over the top of that – hmm?
On Saturday, in a frenzy of excitement that while the patio was not finished, it was at least started, I went to the local Garden Center to buy plants for the gardens to be made around the patio.
Lotte quite likes going there and she is a great favourite among the staff. She wanders around on her lead, of course, checking out what is new since the last time we were there. Well, I think that’s what she is doing, maybe she is just checking out which other dogs have been there before her.
The choice of plants is amazing. I wanted several plants for different reasons
Something that didn’t mind having its feet wet for the jardiniere. There are no drainage holes in the jardiniere and so it fills with water as can be seen here. This shot is not helped by the fact that no weeding has been done here for weeks. I settled on a Heucherella ‘Brass Lantern’. I am assured by my trusty friend in the garden centre that this will thrive in my concrete pot.
Something to fill in the spaces left when all the old plants have been removed. I thought the Hebes would do well there and my friend at the GC agreed. Here they are in the box just dumped there on Saturday in the pouring rain.
I have lots of pots from my living in apartments with only balconies instead of gardens, so I needed some more plants to fill a couple of these.
This is an Australian evergreen which I am reliably informed will do very well in a pot, is drought and sun hardy and tolerant of shade and cold. And as a bonus, it has highly scented flowers. A perfect plant for me!
and this Acacia Fettucini will also look good once planted as it will droop over the side of the pot. There was a very large specimen at the Garden Center not for sale. I am hoping mine will spread and droop in the same way. And I love the name.
Then I saw these little pots of instant colour and decided that is just what I need to brighten a winter garden so I bought ten. They will look good and welcoming in smaller green pots on the steps to the front door.
And finally, some decision will have to be made about the four camellias I bought and then had no place to put them. They have languished in pots at the front fence for months. Finding a place for them in this very small garden will be a challenge.
So whether or not the contractors arrive this afternoon, I shall be busy and I shall start with my instant colour pots. I do wish I could paint as they are the prettiest little darlings. Blue tending towards purple with little yellow smiling centres. This will be a lovely way to spend a cold, but sunny afternoon in Winter.
I found this quote from Abram L Urban in one of my books of quotations but cannot find anything about him. Do you know of this writer? I should be very pleased to have something to add to this quotation.
“In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful”
STOP PRESS! STOP PRESS!
It’s now 12.30pm and just as I was about to stop for lunch, the contractors arrived followed shortly by the concrete man. So the patio will be worked on this afternoon and I am told they will be back to put the finish on it tomorrow.
So watch this space.