Gardening During Lockdown – Week 5

Monday, 27 April 2020

Can you believe we are now five weeks into lockdown? The weeks are flying past here at Vialii Towers and we haven’t tackled half the jobs we had on our list! We have fitted lots of fun things into our week though and a bit of gardening along the way. So, to help keep you inspired, here is some of what we have been doing this week in “Gardening During Lockdown – Week 5″…

Deadheading camellias

We love Spring time as it is packed full of blooms, from rhodies to camellias, tulips to muscari. We have a beautiful white Camellia williamsii in our garden which is looking wonderful. The blousy blooms don’t last too long though so remove the dead flowers – this helps the shrub look better as well as focusing the plants energy on making new blooms and keeping it healthy.

Deadhead your camellias to keep them looking in tip-top condition
Deadhead your camellias to keep them looking in tip-top condition

Keep on weeding

We spent only about half an hour weeding our garden this week -hardly any time at all as we have been able to keep so on top of it during lockdown. Also, our generous mulching we did a few weeks ago (see Week 2 blog) is paying dividends and suppressing a lot of weeds. Little and often is the secret to keeping your garden looking amazing and to stop you getting scunnered with weeding!

Keep on top of your weeding to make your life a LOT easier
Keep on top of your weeding to make your life a LOT easier

Tidy Up

Every garden has those annoying corners where debris builds up so now is the perfect time to tackle those corners. Tidy up leaves, sweep up stray stones, pick up litter, bin things that have been shoved in a corner – if you’re not using them now, you never will!

Clear away leaves, stones and debris from those annoying corners where things get blown
Clear away leaves, stones and debris from those annoying corners where things get blown

Carry on with your projects

Our archway project is coming in splendidly and one side (the side we can see from the living room thankfully!) is now complete – we just need to clad the other side. This was an existing simple archway which we have widened in parts, painted in parts and clad with timbers in parts. We are very happy with how this is turning out and it has been made purely from off-cuts of timbers. #upcycling

Our upcycled archway is starting to really take shape
Our upcycled archway is starting to really take shape

Camping

One of the main activities in the garden this weekend was camping. Lulu and all her scouting friends camped in their gardens as part of a virtual camping weekend. This is the perfect time to dust off your tents and make some memories outside. Just remember your thick blankets as it stills gets very cold at night!

Our upcycled washing machine drum is the perfect fire-pit
Our upcycled washing machine drum is the perfect fire-pit

Eating outdoors

Another favourite garden activity this week has been eating in it! We have had breakfasts, lunches, dinners and suppers all outdoors. The weather has been amazing and we are so lucky to have outdoor spaces. Take a break from gardening and make sure you enjoy your gardens!

We have been making the most of the weather and eating outdoors lots
We have been making the most of the weather and eating outdoors lots

Other jobs you can be tackling in your garden:

Once lockdown is finished we can help you with all your gardening projects and maintenance so don’t stress if you are not getting all your jobs ticked off either, the most important thing is to relax and enjoy being outside. Stay home and stay safe.

Vialii

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