I squeezed in the last of the tulips anywhere I could find a square inch to put them. Felt relief it was done, then panicked and ordered some more. Then remembered I had already panicked two weeks ago and ordered some more then – now on their way. So ordered black plastic pots from Sarah Raven to put the newly ordered bulbs in. Now I need more compost and grit for the pots. I MUST STOP THIS.
For the pure fun of it, I moved my beehive compost bin a few inches to the left; dismantling it tier by tier, building it up and filling as I went. Extremely satisfying and lovely to see all the activity in there. You can probably see my mistake. The bottom tier which opens is now on the top and so I can’t get anything out of the bottom. I shall just have to wait six months and then dismantle the whole thing, get the good stuff out and rebuild them properly.
I was planning to discard the salvia Amistad when the frosts come and put tulips in their place but they are still flowering like mad. So I’ve decided to leave them and cut them down for the winter and hope for the best that they will still be alive next year. If they die, I will have nurtured dead sticks for six months but worth a try. I’ll let you know how they do.
I still can’t resist collecting bags of leaves left on the pavements. I empty them into jute leaf mould bags but the problem is where to put them. Where in a small garden can you pile up ten bags of leaves for a year or so waiting for leaf mould? Under the garden dining table of course. Yes, not a long term solution but all part of having to squeeze things in if you have a town garden.
In Spring, I rashly dug out two overgrown shrubs which although ugly, gave us privacy from the street. Now I realise there’s a big gap and we are goldfish in a bowl in our living room. Thought long and hard how to break up the sight lines. Solution – a few cheap big evergreen shrubs in big pots clustered together. The Pittosporum tenuifolium “Coxhill Gold” and “Tandara Gold” will be lovely for flower arrangements and the Nandina domestic (a bamboo) has red berries right now.
I haven’t planted them yet so it looks a dog’s breakfast – the bags of leaves all I have to stop them falling over in the wind. But they do a great job of screening us from the street. As they are sitting on paving I have to think of an imaginative way to permanently plant them.
This grass, hakonechloa macra Aureola looks good all year until I cut it to the base in February for new growth to come through. They are thriving in the border and in a pot they look great but the second picture shows one which is struggling probably because I haven’t watered it enough.
Thanks go to The Propagator for hosting this theme of Six on a Saturday. Look at his blog to find other people’s contributions.