Making Hay While the Sun Shines

Or, more specifically, getting the grass cut before it rains.

I haven’t cut the grass since the last week in April.

Last year I took part in No Mow May – the idea was to avoid cutting the grass in May, to give wildflowers, and in particular dandelions, time to flower. They provide food for bees (and god knows the bees need all the help they can get) at a time of year when there isn’t much else.

This year, as it happens, I haven’t cut my grass again – partly because of No Mow May, and partly on account of the occasional dry day not corresponding with my occasional days off.

And now all the dandelions in my garden have stopped flowering and gone to seed, so either I cut the grass or I arrange a massive dandelion clock event.

As an aside – I like dandelions. I’ve never understood why they’re so disliked. If you had to go and buy them at the garden centre, you’d think they were a pretty little flower. Also – they’re edible!! I haven’t actually tried them yet, but it’s on my to-do list. Apparently you can cook them just like spinach, or have them raw like rocket.

Yesterday was a day off, so I’d planned to spend the morning gardening in general and cutting the grass in particular. BUT – the forecast for the day before was thunder and lightning, so maybe the grass would be too wet. BUT – the thunder and lightning never happened, and the weather stayed dry overnight – so the grass was dry enough to cut. BUT – the forecast for yesterday was a 50% chance of rain before 10 o’clock.

Working on the basis that the previous day’s forecast was wrong and therefore yesterday’s forecast might be wrong as well, I decided to go for it. Outside by 9 in the morning, grass cut by 9.45 (it’s a very small garden).

And right on cue, just as I was tidying the mower away, it started to rain. Well, not really rain – it was very half-hearted, and it stopped after about 5 minutes. So I decided to crack on and trim the edges. And weed, and dead-head the daffs while I was at it. I got about two metres done, when the rain started again. A bit heavier, but not much. What to do? Carry on? Stop?

I decided to make a coffee.

By the time the kettle had boiled, the rain had stopped. Not quite warm enough to sit out with it, but back out as soon as I’d finished it.

The last time I trimmed the edges and did some weeding, I hurt my back – so, being a sensible woman, I decided to be sensible. Do five minutes of trimming and weeding, then stand up and stretch, or have a cheeky sit down. Then five more minutes. And so on. It seems to have worked, although from experience if I’ve done something daft my back will let me know during the next 24 hours, so there’s time yet…

It’s not finished, not by a long way – but it looks better. It looks like someone cares!!

And the forecast for tomorrow (another day off) is dry and sunny. Yay!!

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Sarah says:

    You can also eat dandelion flowers. The leaves are bitter and I prefer the younger fresh leaves.

    I keep looking for the opportunity to cut our grass, the weather forecast has been predicting a high chance of rain most days but the reality has often been different. Most days have been damp, rain showers of varying length and intensity, occasional heavy storms with hail, thunder and lightning.

    I am finding not being able to get the grass cut a little frustrating as earlier in the year I was keeping it tidy. I think my neighbours must have been equally frustrated as they were cutting there’s whilst it was hailing the other day 🤣

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    1. Wow, that’s keen!! The forecast is good for tomorrow, so my plan is to get a few jobs in the garden sorted – finish trimming the edges, train the clematis, clean the bird bath. And I’m sure I’ll find more once I’m out there!! xx


  2. SisterStay says:

    All in all, it’s been a very wet Summer so far!! But you were right to ignore teh weather forecast and go ahead anyway. How’s it all looking now? Gorgeous, I’ll bet. And hopefully you have time to sit in today’s sunshine and enjoy it. x


  3. Sadly I was at work 9am to 6pm today!! But working 7am to 4pm tomorrow, so fingers crossed for the late afternoon.


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