Winter has a way of taking a toll on us all!
I am missing bark - from my garden shrubs and from old girl M'J.
With the snow melting I'm noticing the damage left behind by this long snow covered season.
This is a beautiful evergreen shrub that welcomes you as you walk the around the pond and is under the tea room window.
It seems as well as fairies the gardens are overrun with mice and moles and they needed something to eat this past winter.
Notice the one branch that was out of the snow survived and held onto it's leaves like a cat holding a kitten by the neck. I think this is too far gone to recover. That isn't all I noticed, come lets take a walk.
This is a beautiful red Rhododendron that lives behind the pond just under a massive Purple Lilac Tree
However this is what the mice did to it this past winter and I'm afraid I'll not be able to save it either.
I have a couple of things I'm going to try, like painting the lower bottom branches - but there is another solution to this problem, come and check it out.
I'm sure I'm not the only one with this sort of damage to their precious shrubs and bushes. I can't imagine what is left of all the bulbs either.
Cleaning away some Winter debris in the garden yesterday I also noticed all 5 of my Clematis have been eaten off at the root.
I found myself sitting on the wet ground crying thinking of all I've lost lately.
M'J my garden buddy and now 70% of my garden.
M'J will be missed