End of Month View – April 2016 – Hugh’s Border
Hugh’s Border has really filled out in the last month especially with the hostas planted under the Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-no-mai’ emerging. I am determined to crack this border this year. It looks Ok but in previous years there has been something lacking and it has felt bitty and not really me. Over the last month I have added some lupins with red/orange flowers and also Rosa ‘Hot Chocolate’. These will add to the red and orange theme that seems to be the emerging in this area.
Here’s the other end of Hugh’s Border (Hugh is the owl). This part of the border is more woodland/shade planting. The Pulmonaria are beginning to go over which I am sure will disappoint the bees. Just behind them are some trillium and lots of Onoclea sensibilis as it seems to have decided to spread after sitting quietly for years – I presume due to the mild wet winter.
Here is the other end of the woodland bit of the border (nearest the bench). The big round leaves are Cardiocrinum giganteum which has reappeared this year and hopefully will flower. The lime green strappy leaves are Iris sibirica, I think it is a pale blue variety but it hasn’t flowered for a few years due to being moved so maybe this year will be the year when I discover which variety they are.
This is the front of the border and the area of the border which has been really perplexing me. I have moved a couple of hellebores here from near the bench as it was difficult to see their flowers in their old location. It seems hellebores like to face the sun so from the bench you just saw the back of the flowers in their new location you can see the flowers from the grass path. I am trying to bulk up the planting and foliage textures in this area so plan to add to it as the year progresses.
So that is the border at mid Spring, lots of new shoots appearing and promise of things to come.
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