I have had a change of plan regarding the End of Month View. I was going to look at the front garden but to be honest nothing is going to happen there this year as I have other things on the go plus I have decided that it isn’t such a good idea to make my house so identifiable. So I’m afraid we are back to what I call the ‘corner bed’. This is part way up the garden, tucked into a corner by the path that leads to the pond.
I have struggled with this border since it was created two years ago when we removed the collapsing shed. The real problem is that there is an unidentified Sycamore/Maple tree just out of shot to the right and the roots really suck up the moisture at the back of the border along with the roots from next doors shrubs.
This border was one of four areas I featured in last year’s End of Month Views (September’s above) but I made little progress. However, Mother Nature has intervened and as I reported in my last post flattened the Phormium you can see above. The plant has been lifted and is being nursed back to health but this has left a substantial hole in the border but has made it easier for me to see what is wrong. I felt that the border was lacking in structure, needed some height and the Phormium was quite a dominant feature which really didn’t help. I have spent most of the winter pondering the garden as a whole and how to improve things. This has resulted in identifying what doesn’t work in each area but as I have a reluctance to dump good healthy plants I have been mentally moving plants around the garden. I have an obelisk which was adjacent to the patio and suddenly seemed wrong along with its pink rose. So the obelisk and rose have been moved to the corner border along with another pink rose I have which was proving troublesome in another area. I have a plant support which sort of matched the obelisk and as the shrub rose is prone to be floppy I decided to use the support and to hopefully create some simplistic structure.
As you can see from the top picture I have some grasses to plant out and I am just deciding exactly where to position each one. I intend to inter-plant these with white cleome which I am growing from seed (if they germinate) and some white corn-cockle (above). I want to add another colour to the palette aside from white, pink and grass colour! I am toying with also including some Campanula that I grew from seed last year. These are blue and I think they would work well with the corn cockle, there are slight blue marks in the middle of the flowers, and also the roses as these are more of a bluey pink than a reddy pink. I also have a problem that my appalling memory means that I am struggling to remember what else is in this border. I know there are some white camassias, a sanguisorba and a white thalictrum but there are definitely other plants so it may be a case of waiting and seeing what appears and then moving them is necessary.
I thought I would also use the End of Month post to show you progress on the allotment rather than bore you with how much digging I have done in another post. So the picture above shows the long view. As you can see paths have been installed although in hindsight I wish I had gone for a slightly wider path down the middle as I can’t get round the wheelbarrow without walking on the beds which I am trying to avoid. The photo below shows a closer view of the far end which is the soft fruit area and where the majority of work has been done. Raspberries are in, as is the red current and black current. I have still to plant Gooseberries, Honeyberries and a japanese wineberries but due to the ridiculous amount of rain we have had recently the ground is so sodden.
My parents have come to my rescue and done the majority of the preparation work to date as it only seems to be dry when I’m at work! So in return I am sharing some of the space with them so no doubt runner beans, which I hate, will appear in the summer!!
So that’s my End of Month view this month and hopefully in the coming months you will see progress in both the corner bed and the allotment. Why not join in and do a monthly post showing others how your garden or bits of it develop during the year. If you do decide to join please do post a link in the comments box below.