Notes from the Garden – 10th April
I think we have had all four seasons this weekend with wind, rain and heavy sleet yesterday and frost overnight but today spring returned which meant I could get on with my planting plans.
The focus today was the long border along the top of the wall. I want it to have a sort of cottage garden feel and in recent years have added a number of roses, alliums and aquilegias. Today, having weeded I added some Digitalis purpurea ‘Sutton’s Apricot’ and Digitalis mertonensis both of which should add height to the border. Also a topiary bay has been relocated to mid-way down the border as it has languished in a pot on the patio for so long that when I tried to move it this week I discovered it had rooted into the ground through the gaps in the paving slabs. It took two of us to get the plant out of the pot and haul it up the garden but hopefully it will be a lot happier now in the border and the yellowing leaves will green up. I plan to add some Echinacea seedlings in a few weeks time once they have had a chance to bulk up – they are just starting their third year so hopefully they will be ready to flower this year.
Talking of seedlings and hoping they will flower I was completely thrilled to discover that all four of my Meconopsisbaileyi ‘Hensol Violet’ seedlings had reappeared. Like the Echinacea they are in their third year so I am hoping they will flower as well which would be quite amazing. They have had a good mulch of ericaceous compost to try to encourage them. In fact there has been a lot of feeding going on with the roses and peonies having a good mulch of manure.
My epic re-distribution of plants programme is well under way and nearly completed in the back garden – there is just a sad bamboo to extract which I suspect will be a real challenge. Over Easter I started relocating the hellebores from near the bench to the far end of the Big Border. Above is Helleborus ‘Anna’s Red’ which I think works well with Euphorbia x martinii ‘Ascot Rainbow’ and the Amenthalea lessonia. There is a pale yellow hellebore just past the bottom of the photograph and strangely they all seem to work well together. I have added some corms of a short bronze leaved crocosmia for interest in late summer. To the right of the photo is a Cotinus ‘Grace’ and its purple leaves are key to the planting at this end of the border. Although the leaves are not out yet I wanted to ensure that the colour theme was extended throughout the year.
Its wonderful to see so many plants re-emerging after the winter and every time I walk around the garden there is a new delight, sometimes a small spring flower or a plant that I had taken a gamble with has returned. Who knows what delights will appear over the coming week.