From Mountain Goats to Busy Bees

Only a few weeks ago Laura and I were finishing the main tree work for this year tackling the trickiest jobs which I had left until last so that we built up our skills on the easiest first. We cut some trees growing right on the edge of the high, vertical bank behind the greenhouses just before snow came.

The two which are still growing out of the bank are too far down to be reached from above and as I do not want them to regrow we will cut them from stepladders behind the greenhouses later.

Then we laid a hedge in an almost equally awkward place!

By the time we had done that we were joking that we were fully qualified as Mountain Goats!

But now spring has started to appear. The snowdrops and daffodils are out in several parts of the garden.

The wild garlic is reappearing on the path by the stream

The crown of early rhubarb is leafing.

I made a bird box over winter and hung it opposite the end of the deck so I can watch it from the house. I have seen blue tits investigating it – will they move in?

The black elder near it is breaking bud and living up to its name.

And in the greenhouses the 2 apricot trees and the peach are in full bloom.


It is too early for many insects to be flying so to ensure a good set of fruit one of us must tickle each of these flowers with a soft brush every day. So now we are no longer Mountain Goats but Busy Bees!

17 thoughts on “From Mountain Goats to Busy Bees

    • Going Batty in Wales March 10, 2021 / 11:20 am

      It is lovely to see Spring arriving and I know some people have fewer signs so far. Luckily there is a path, albeit steep, to where we were working but standing on a slope trying to control trees so neither we nor they fell on the greenhouse was tricky!

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  1. tidalscribe March 9, 2021 / 5:47 pm

    I thought I was doing well tidying up my little garden! Well done. But spring and longer days will make us all feel better whatever stage we are at with the pandemic!


    • Going Batty in Wales March 10, 2021 / 11:21 am

      They are certainly boosting my spirits. I have 3 acres of land but Laura helps me 2 days a week which makes a big difference.

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  2. onesmallstitch March 9, 2021 / 8:21 pm

    such a busy bee, that’s a lot of heavy work, it must feel good to have it done. Do you have time to sit and watch the birds? My rhubarb isn’t that far along.


    • Going Batty in Wales March 10, 2021 / 11:23 am

      I positioned the bird house so I can see it when sitting at my desk. On the whole i don’t encourage birds to come near the house because of the cats but I love seeing and hearing them when I am outside.

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  3. anne54 March 9, 2021 / 9:31 pm

    How lovely to see the buds of hope emerging, after the difficult winter you have had.

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    • Going Batty in Wales March 10, 2021 / 11:24 am

      It is certainly helping!


  4. Laurie Graves March 9, 2021 / 11:21 pm

    My goodness, that’s a lot of heavy work. Very impressed. The various blossoms are oh so lovely. Looks as though beautiful Spring has come to your area.


    • Going Batty in Wales March 10, 2021 / 11:26 am

      It is heavy work but luckily I have Laura to help me 2 days a week in return for living in the cabin and she is a godsend. The plants and birds say it is spring but we have been having frosty nights despite the warm days and now the rain is back!

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      • Laurie Graves March 10, 2021 / 4:58 pm

        What a great arrangement! Spring is very temperamental, don’t you think? Or maybe it’s because Winter is always tugging at her skirts.


      • Going Batty in Wales March 11, 2021 / 8:24 pm

        Spring certainly seems to be coming and going here – quite a tease!

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  5. tialys March 10, 2021 / 10:14 am

    I think that definitely counts as ‘extreme gardening’.
    My husband would be envious of your large greenhouse – although not of the steep banks as we left a lot of those behind in France and are now grateful for some easier outside space.


    • Going Batty in Wales March 10, 2021 / 11:28 am

      I count myself very lucky to have so much greenhouse space – the result of an unexpected but timely legacy many years ago. The hills make everything much harder but I am used to them and tell myself all this keeps me fit!


  6. nanacathy2 March 10, 2021 / 10:32 pm

    Oh goodness those last two trees are going to be tricksy. Love , love those snowdrops.


    • Going Batty in Wales March 11, 2021 / 8:25 pm

      Actually I can see that I have cut them back before and I had no help then so I think they look worse than they are – or is that famous last words? I love snowdrops too and there were loads here when we arrived.


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