End of Month – March 2012
The months are flying by much too quickly for my liking… Sowing seeds one week and suddenly I discover it’s been a month since they were sown! How did that happen? What did I do with myself for all that time and never realised it?
Anyway, temperatures are back to more normal levels for this time of year now; boo hiss, as long as we have some rain I’ll be happy otherwise I’ll have the hose out (of course trying to use it sparingly).
This morning I’ve been out and floored the Buddleja in the front garden, not to worry as it’ll soon be growing back and I’ll wonder how it manages it every year.
Last weekend I extended the path border (no photos yet) but the window border is looking very nice and 100x better than previous years.
We’ll ignore the side of the house – I’m still to move the Bird’s foot trefoil and Shasta Daisies from these spots. Although the Geraniums I planted last autumn are doing well and nicely bulking up.
Moving to the back garden we have the right border – Magnolia border? Never know what to call this one… Anyway, it’s all beginning to look nice and lush, I’ve still got the problem of low and mid-level interest, but I’ve planted some Coreopsis and aim to add more grasses. I’ve noticed more new growth on the v. bonariensis… I hope the frosts next week don’t kill it off, again! I might still end up losing them all; guess it’s a good thing I bought some more a couple of weeks ago intended for the Aster border.
I’ve also fallen in love with these Tulips; I’d forgotten I’d planted them and assumed their colour would deepen to black but then I realised I also planted some ‘Raspberry Ripple’ mix which had these and a frilly one in them. It’s gorgeous! And I’m especially enjoying the combination of the fuchsia with the Muscari blue/purple and yellow of the unknown Narcissi.
Moving toward the Buddleja border which so far this year is doing quite well thanks to the addition of the Geranium Thurstonianum last year which seems to be very happy in its spot; so happy, I’m considering dividing it already. So the lower end of this border is looking good… Shame the same can’t be said of the top side… I think I need to steal more Forget-me-nots off my mum!
The Dwarf Russian Almond is beginning to bloom and inhabits a ‘no-mans-land’ between the Buddleja and Aster border, so please forgive me as it’s going to appear in two sections 😉
No real work is planned for the Aster border, other than moving the grasses I planted in autumn to over winter to their intended homes. The Flat-topped Aster is also now beginning to send up its shoots, so I need to remove the dead growth (right after the forecast cold spell and frosts end!), this year I intend to keep on top of it so it doesn’ take over the border again and will move it around the garden and perhaps plant some at my parents’!
Another no-man’s-land which is probably best described as being the lower tier, or simply tier. I’ve also been working on this area for the past few months by planting some things last autumn and more recently various Hellebores, Achillea, Anemone and Helenium.
The cherry border is just amazing this year… And I need to move some of the Foxgloves before they smother other plants – I placed them too close to the front in my haste to get them moved off the tier. Although it is nice that I’ll need to move them due to there being so much else going on!
I do need to plan more for summer and autumn too, as once the Anemone and such are gone it may look quite bare.
Finally, the Upper Tier… a couple of days ago I noticed new growth on the Aconitum and look at it now! Honest; there were literally three or four leaves just peeping out. Can’t believe it!
Pleased to see I didn’t kill off Clematis ‘Willy’ last year and look forward to its pretty bell blooms.
Note to self: check if that’s couch grass with the campanula, I was sure I’d checked it well before moving it up here!