Six On Saturday: Let’s Hope the Digging is Done!

It’s definitely been one of those weeks, let’s make that three weeks. It all started when we decided to have our wooden fence replaced and went downhill from there. We have underground cable (as in Internet service) going through our yard. We have underground lighting in our garden. We have an underground sprinkler system in the garden. We have plants in the garden! And between the “fence men” and the “landscapers” they managed to cut the internet cable five different times, nicked the sprinkler system in lots of places, cut the lighting twice, broke the French drains ( that had to be remade and repaired) and to top it off put the fence six inches into my existing garden! I won’t even say what happened to all the plants along the fence line……….

Needless to say (I am holding my breath) the old fence is out, and the new fence has been taken out and replaced in the proper line. New french drains have been laid. All the cable, for the moment, is working. The lights have all been repaired. All the sprinklers have been repaired. New landscapers have re-designed the walkway. And I have red paint on the ground everywhere (as there was originally, they’re just much BIGGER NOW) and signs are everywhere saying “Do not mow in this area! Do not walk in this area! Mind all the overground cables! It will be another week before ATT can get here and re-bury all cables properly. They have left us a can of red paint, in case we have to point anything else out.

OK, I am glad that is off my chest. On to the good stuff…………

The Cottage Garden

The violas look lovely……….


the Senetti does too. It is full of flowers!

Pericallis “Senetti”

Some of my daffs are still daffing………


and the cherry tree is looking gorgeous!

The End Cottage

and the best thing is the heirloom plants I had ordered have been arriving everyday! Yeah!

So to end the morning SOS, let’s see what is up in another garden. This photo is from Windmill Hill in the UK. It was a selected garden for the National Garden Scheme. The reason I liked this garden:  It was tiny and small and the owner was an elderly frail woman, who still liked to work in her garden! You can see the entire garden and the gardener herself, HERE. It was also the only cottage along the row that was neat and tidy and had a garden! After I  wrote this post I had a letter from a woman, who commented that this section of homes, (now council homes) had been military barracks during the war.

Elm Cottage at Windmill Hill

PS Yesterday after a rain the landscapers were back because the french drain was not draining properly and we had standing water and a river running through the Woodland Garden! So, on Monday everything will be dug up again!!!!!!!!!UGH! I may never see a garden on that side of my yard all summer! But, in the meantime I look forward to seeing all your gardens……..

Won’t you join us with your SOS?

The instructions for SOS are easy. The photos can be flowers, vegetables, a garden design, whatever, as long as it’s garden related and posted on Saturday!  So, it’s six photos. Of Gardens. On Saturday. Easy Peasy. To see all the SOS’s look at  SIX ON SATURDAY, hosted by the Propagator, to check out all of them each Saturday! See you next week in another spot!

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Mala Burt says:

    Oh, my goodness. What an ordeal. I hope it will be a distant memory soon.


  2. Sophie says:

    You have been through the mill these last few weeks Cady!
    I hope the new drains work soon. At least you are getting the work done in the Spring so, hopefully, you can enjoy your garden in the summer.


  3. So that was the disaster you mention a couple of weeks ago. Horrors!! At least it’s over and done with now, and you can get on to more interesting things, such as the heirloom plants arriving. Roses? Perennials? Tomatoes?

    Oops! I missed your PS about the drain not working properly. Oh, dear. This, too, shall pass, Cady.


  4. One Man And His Garden Trowel says:

    Crikey, all sounds incredibly irksome. Lovely photos though. Violas are one of my favourites. That Elm Cottage also looks rather lovely.


  5. janesmudgeegarden says:

    And you still remain cheerful! Amazing. Violas are champions, aren’t they? They’ll soon be popping up in my garden too. I love the white cyclamen on the left.


  6. Joni says:

    That sounds like a nightmare, but I can relate. My deck builders managed to put the posts too close to where they shouldn’t have, and were cleared marked not to, (we have the Call before You Dig Program), so when the ground froze and heaved over the winter, all of a sudden, I had no hydro. The Hydro company came the coldest night of January and hooked up a temporary generator at the back of the house and said they would fix it when the ground thawed. By April when they hadn’t done so, I contacted them and they said it was the homeowners responsibility. Nine quotes later and several thousand dollars, I finally found an electrician who was willing to subcontract and dig a trench under the deck to reconnect the line! The deck guys also cut the internet cable, but only in one place, so I guess I was lucky!


  7. That sucks. Hope you get everything sorted. That Viola is a show stopper.


  8. cavershamjj says:

    That all sounds like a royal pain in the derriere! I was pleased with myself on Saturday, spent the day putting up a new fence, managed not to sever the internet cable! Hope your fence related issues get resolved soon.


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