Yes, I know it’s Sunday but as ever I have failed to get my act together to do a post on Saturday – it is what it is. In any case Saturday was definitely not a gardening day with extreme winds and rainy showers but this was all right as I went to my monthly Embroiderer’s Guild meeting (yes I have a whole other hobby which is over on my other blog).
Sunday has been a very different day with lovely periods of sunshine although we have a few random hail showers, weirdly at the front of the house and not the back. The above photo is of the front garden – for those new to the blog I dug up the front lawn about 3 years ago and planted up the whole space with a path running through the middle. The area above is the bit nearest the house and last year I had the driveway replaced and the path across the front of the house replaced with block paving; which transformed the front garden.
However, the area of the other side of the path (above) needs more work. When I planted it up it was with a late summer feel with lots of asters but now I feel it needs to have a more year round vibe. The border is quite deep so I think I will add a shrub or two, I have something that needs relocating from the back garden and I will reduce some of the late summer perennials and replace them with early summer perennials.
As the garden was looking so pretty in the Spring sunshine I thought I would show the middle border in the back garden which is filling out. It’s full of Camassias which have established well and bulked up, possibly too much. I’m planning on thinning them out and maybe moving a few to the front garden to give some late Spring interest.
But whilst I was pondering the plans for the front garden I thought I really should finish the dry stone wall I started the other week so at least I felt I had achieved something plus I have a few plants which would benefit from being planted to grow over the wall. As you can see I managed to eek out the stone for the length of the border. It is a little unstable in places and dips occasionally but it is a lot better than before and I am really chuffed with it (I just need the grass path to recover now!)
A quick End of Month post from me as to be honest I had lost track of where we are in the month. The garden is at its most full and even more so given the amount of rain we have had over the last few weeks. Hugh’s border is looking fuller than ever, and in some places too full.
The other end of the border which is shadier but not as shady as it used to be due to the neighbours cutting down the trees along the boundary. This end is the home to some of my earlier fern acquisitions which are now quite substantial, there is also a Paulownia although it is battling with a rogue foxglove growing through the middle of it. My idea is that the Paulownia will form a leafy canopy over the border but I think that will take a few years. I spent some time this last weekend digging up Pulmonaria which grew along the edge of the steps and had started to self-seed around. It was great when the border was so shady but had well outgrown its space so I have replaced it with another fern and some more siberian irises which I hope will bring some new textures to this end of the border.
The front edge of the border which is a lot better than in previous years but at the moment lacking in colour. There are some foxgloves, crocosmia and a fuschia about the flower so in a week or so it should colour up. My approach these days is for the foliage first and then the flowers to add colour highlights during the year. However, I need to work on how I combine the foliage. I was very impressed with some of the combinations I saw in the gardens last week so there is food for thought on how to improve the planting.
The back of the border from the bench and you can see this is particularly chaotic and probably too full. I need to do some editing here and make some decisions about what should stay but I enjoy that side of gardening as it stimulates my creative side.
So that’s a whizz around Hugh’s border before I go to work. All are welcome to join in with the end of month meme I just ask that you put a link to your post in the comments box below and link to this post in your post so we can all track you down.
I had a sudden panic today when I realised that tomorrow is the last day of March and I had forgotten all about the End of Month post, not very good when you are the host of the meme! I am on annual leave this week and have managed to get a few hours in the garden between rain and decorating the living room. The grass lawn has been cut and edged and its amazing how it being neat makes the rest of the garden appear neat, which I can assure you it isn’t.
The border looks alright but I have plans as part of my bid to colour up the garden this year. I have this week bought a Rosa ‘Hot Chocolate’ which will go in the border here. I saw the rose in a garden somewhere between Dublin and Cork last year and have been looking for the plant for a while only to find it in a plant retailer just down the road. It is a sort of orangey red, hard to describe, and I think will work well with the Amenthalea lessonia which also has orange in its leaves. I will also be adding some red lupins and oriental poppies although I worry it might all be a little too much but we shall see. I probably need to find some different, lighter tones of red or orange to lighten the planting and provide some depth.
The Prunua incisa ‘Kojo-no-mai’ which is the main structure in the border is just beginning to bloom. I love this shrub with its pretty delicate spring flowers and then in Autumn the leaves colour up before the slightly twisted stems provide interest during the winter. Today I have added Galanthus ‘Flora Pleno’ around its stem to provide interest early in the year.
The other end of the border continues to perplex me but there is a niggle in the back of my mind that I might have a lightbulb moment. The border used to be quite shady and I have sort of planted along those lines but it isn’t as shady as it was since the willow had a significant haircut. There are a lot of ferns in the border and the signs that the Cardiocrinum giganteum is returning, maybe it will flower this year. I want some colour at this end of the border aside from green but I want to also improve the textures. I think some hostas would add a good contrast to the ferns and maybe some pale foxgloves but I can’t think what to add for colour later in the year – more pondering to be done.
You can see what the border looked like in February here
All are welcome to join in with the End of Month meme and you can use it as you wish; maybe focus on a particular border, or do a tour of the garden whatever you find useful then you can follow its progress through the year. All I ask is that you link to this post in your post and leave a link to your post in the comment box below.