Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Gardening blitz by chain reaction

I love my garden but am a bit of a perfectionist, which is kind of a paradox as my garden is quite rambling and far from perfect. My lob it in and leave it methods can also be a bit haphazard and often as soon as things get going I realise it's in the wrong place, hoik it out and lob it in somewhere else. Drives Mr Fluffcake mad. There are so many things that want doing I often don't know where to start and then when I do it sparks a chain reaction that is impossible to halt mid-flow. This weekend saw such a blitz but this time it really did halt mid-flow...

I have a clump of red hot pokers beneath a smoke bush and they just don't work. I have the perfect spot for them to go... except for the large clump of bergenia which currently resides there. But it's ok, because I also have a couple of places that would benefit from some bergenia so I could move them... except for all the weeds and brambles in the way. So:
Step 1 is to clear weeds - successfully completely
Step 2 move bergenia... almost completed until I went to move a heap of leaves that had collected and let out very loud banshee like yelp. Reason - I had uncovered a hibernating hedgehog!

Promptly go into panic mode about what to do to make sure it doesn't wake up. I desperately tried to tuck him back in with his leafy blanket. Then worried it wouldn't be warm enough without the protection of the elephant ears so collected up a whole load more leaves to lob on top. Meanwhile my bergenia is slowly drying out so I hastily lob it, practically overarm, into its new home. It has not really been planted so much as deposited.

Not my most successful garden blitz. The hedgehog heap looks suspiciously deflated, but I'm too scared to rummage and find out for sure if I really have prematurely woken up the hedgehog. The bergenia has gone from looking very lush and covered in flowers to looking very sorry for itself and with the frosts this week probably won't survive. The blasted red hot pokers are still squished in under the smoke bush.


  1. you could put some fod out for hedgey (cat or dog food, with water i believe is the prefered option), it may move then. otherwise enjoy the fact that a loverly organic bug eater is living in your garden.

  2. I would love a hedgehog to deal with the outrageous amount of slugs and snails in our garden...woke up to snow this morn so not much gardening likely (like I would anyway, I'm rubbish at it!).