Coun­try Mouse

Work­ing with Na­ture

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THERE are a few daf­fodils al­ready flow­er­ing in the vil­lage below my cot­tage, a sure sign of a mild win­ter. The wild snow­drops are well out, hav­ing ap­peared as if from nowhere in the past two weeks. They grace the banks along the deep-cut lanes and grow in clumps wher­ever they see fit. It is al­ways a won­der to me why some plants like one lit­tle spot and to­tally shun an area a few feet away. As with so much of Na­ture, it’s some­times a plea­sure not to know ev­ery­thing and sim­ply marvel at it.

I’m plan­ning a new veg­etable plot, which will in­volve build­ing a rab­bit-proof fence, as the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion cer­tainly doesn’t need any en­cour­age­ment to visit the gar­den. I’m also re­search­ing what to grow in a herba­ceous bor­der on the north side of the house. The ap­pro­pri­ate roses are al­ready in and the plea­sure of scan­ning my gar­den­ing books for suit­able plants and bulbs has com­pletely lifted the win­ter’s gloom.

Next, there’s a stretch of wood­land filled with an­cient yew trees, among other spec­i­mens, that need thin­ning out to let in more light. It’s go­ing to be busy, but that’s the way I like it. MH

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