The ‘flood lights and candles’ are back in the garden illuminating the autumn colour and architectural leaf shapes. To walk in the woodland at night is a real special atmosphere when the garden takes on another dimension.
The job list gets ever bigger, and now and then all stops are pulled out to attend to a mini crisis like the one we have just had with one of our lily ponds. One morning we found dead fish floating on the surface. It seems a layer of leaf litter, silt, and general muck had formed a cap on the bottom of the pond. This lifted and released gases that de-oxygenated the water. We quickly came to the rescue and saved what fish we could. The garden team raked out the old debris, water and silt. With a hired water pump we managed to pump out some of the sludge, leaving the rest to be shoveled out into trailers. A very sloppy, smelly, dirty time was had by all, well done to all involved. Still, nothing is wasted and all that old weed and silt will go under the shrubs in the woodland as a mulch and it might even break down to feed the plants.