End of Month – April 2012
Honestly, this month doesn’t really feel like a month at all. It just feels like I’ve been sat inside waiting for the rain to stop and that’s it. There’s been almost no work done in the garden – the front lawn needs mowing desperately… I’m now regretting not cutting it when we had the chance and did the back.
However, on Saturday we did get the fence finished at last; the day was mostly ok with just the one quick drizzle. There’s just a couple of finishing touches to do and then I’ll be happy but I’m just glad for the most part it’s done now. I can get the Gertrude Jekyll Rose planted and a couple of Clematis I have planned.
Anyway, we’ll look at the borders, which are definitely filling out nicely; I just need some more blooms as we seem to be a little bare – perhaps it’s a lull after the spring blooms or perhaps it’s due to colder weather. The Alliums and Tulips seem to have been in bud for quite a while now but are taking their time to open.
I’m always thrilled when I look at the Cherry border and see how well everything is doing. One job I need to do is move the Tiarella that’s being smothered by Herb Robert. Last year the Tiarella was very unhappy in this spot due to the long drought over spring and summer… This year there’s no such issue so far and if the rain does clear over summer then it’s likely that once again it will begin to look very unhappy. I’ll try to get it moved soon whilst it’s wet and cooler so not to upset it too much.
Just check out the monster leaves on the Primula and Foxgloves! They’re getting enormous!
So far things are moving slowly with the upper tier… Clematis is blooming as you can see in the photo… I know it doesn’t look like much but there’s more growth and blooms higher up the fence. I’m considering chopping it down after it blooms to see if I can encourage it to grow again because at the moment it’s leaving quite a lot to be desired. Also if you look closely at the photo you can see my tiny little Sorbus Forrestii that will eventually grow to a few metres in height.
We can also see growth on the Asters, Veronicastrum and lots of Foxgloves taking over.
I’ve been working on this section and I think things are going relatively well at the moment, although I’m still having problems with the slope and access to weed the area. So I think I need some stepping stones hidden in the Aster border that allows me to step over without trampling all the plants. This are also houses many of the Hellebores, which can be seen in the background behind the Astrantia.
Right and Buddleja Borders
Very few images of these two borders, I don’t really know why as the right border especially is bursting with growth and Alliums waiting to bloom. The Buddleja border is slowly being packed more with Forget-me-nots and I’m waiting for my own white F-M-N seedlings to bloom but they’re seriously lagging behind at the moment and I’m worried they won’t bloom at all before it’s too late.
The front garden is going quite well, I’ve photos of only the one border – the window border but there is plenty going on elsewhere and I’ve noticed lots of seedlings coming up that I sowed a while ago; no doubt thanks to all the rain.