Friday, March 01, 2013

Waiting on the Weather

The weather at this time of year can get quite annoying at times! The days are getting longer and some days are fairly mild, enough to coax you into wanting to get stuck in to the garden. But it is still winter after all and the weather doesn't always allow you to get things done when you want to.

The pond project is nearing completion and with any luck we will finally have a weekend with good enough weather to fit in the window. The last few weekends have been too cool to allow the sealant to set properly. Given that its taken quite a while so far there is no point in rushing and risk a leak at this vital stage.

Once we have the window fitted we can then finally get the pond filled and test the pipework for leaks. I'm pretty optimistic on that as the first test when the small water feature was filled caused no problems. Hopefully even though the filtration on the big pond has more connections and bends there will also be no problems.

The small water feature has been up and running for a month now.
The new divide between the pond are and the future working/nursery area we mentioned that we built last weekend also needs painting. So if it's dry hopefully we may get chance this weekend - again weather dependent, dry and mild weather would be lovely!



However this won't hold anything up if it's not painted for a while, so if the weather doesn't look ideal it can wait.

The last of the chalk can still be seen beyond the screen, along with a couple of garden tools we managed to kill off during construction so may have to look for something sturdier. Some of the remaining spoil needs to be removed, however a reasonable amount will be used to back fill between the filter house and where the greenhouse can be seen at the back. With any luck we can get back on this fairly soon and shift away what has to go.

That greenhouse you can see will be moving; as mentioned before I haven't yet decided whether to build a greenhouse to my own specification to fit the space beyond the screen or whether to use that and the greenhouse we bought from ebay a year or so back. The existing greenhouse needs relocating and will move to just behind the screen rather than beside the koi house. Again the weather is key, we can't move the greenhouse until the weather is good enough to leave plants outside whilst we get things ready!

So as I said earlier the weather can be quite frustrating, to be waiting to get the last pond job done before filling it up with water is difficult. But we know there will be a break in the weather soon, so as long as it's dry we can get on with other things whilst waiting for the warmer spell to fit the window.

However whatever the weather we always manage to find things to do - partly as we both just enjoy being in the garden - so I'm sure this weekend will be a productive one regardless.

Gaz :-)

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  1. It all looks like it's coming on well. I feel in limbo waiting for the better weather - so much to do!

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    1. Indeed, but hopefully the better weather is just around the corner.

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  2. So you still have things to do beyond finishing the pond. Seems like with every project we do, we seem to find more doesn't it? :)
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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    1. We always find other things to do, and are already planning our next project(s) :)

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  3. Wishing you a happy and productive weekend. If it's still wet, maybe you'll be able to make that trip to St. Albans after all.

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    1. Saint Albans will have to wait another week :)

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  4. Spring is on its way......:)

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    1. I know, and doesn't it make you feel good!

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  5. Waiting on the weather is a frustration we share, but I guess I am more adaptable: just as happy to curl up by the fire with a good gardening book like Pam"s (of Digging) Lawn Gone. I don't get nearly as much done as you do though.

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    1. Curling up by the fire is good too :) I guess as we are so close to finishing our big project we don't want anything to get in the way!

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  6. I know how you feel, I am always in too much of a rush to get stuck in, not so many big projects like you have these days although I have something up my sleeve. Last couple of days have been not bad at all, off to pot up the Begonia tubers.

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    1. Hope the Begonia repotting went well :)

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  7. Must be a tad frustrating needing warmer weather for the final work, hope the weekend is kind to you. It was amazingly warm here today, barely needed a coat on our stroll down to the harbour. But as you said, no point risking the whole project by pushing the sealant temp tolerance. I don't envy you moving greenhouses, it always seems to take longer than I expect!

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    1. Well it wasn't too bad this weekend, and warmer weather is due over the next week or so.

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  8. Hi Gaz, I am getting already dizzy when I only read about all the things that you intent to do in your garden! You guys have so much energy and are so motivated, which is great. I am looking forward to hearing what you have accomplished this past weekend and even more to seeing your garden this coming spring. Have a good start into the new week!
    Christina

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    1. Thank you Christina, and you too :)

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  9. It was a lovely day today - almost t-shirt weather, almost. I'm looking forward to seeing things progress in your garden (and mine).

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    1. It does feel like spring is well on its way!

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