I spent today in the garden – here’s what I did.
These stumps are what’s left of salvia Amistad which flowered 5ft high from June to Christmas. The snow and storms finished it off. I suppose I could sit and look at these sticks for 6 months and see if they burst into life next spring. Really you can’t do that in a small garden, space is too precious. I could take them out now and buy new ones next May. That’s what I did, with the help of a 12 year old neighbour earning some pocket money for hard work. Hurrah for child labour!
I left the old sedum heads till now but cut them back today and look what was underneath. Lovely new shoots are coming up, looking like little cabbages. They will get to about 18 inches by late May when I will Chelsea Chop them down by half or more. They will then grow more sturdy and flowering will be delayed till October/November when the garden needs colour and food for birds.
I needed a raised bed to plant shrubs to form a screen between us and the road. Instead of railway sleepers I found this wonderful copper coloured trough, light at a feather, from Primrose. 1m x 45cm x 45cm. The shrubs are different varieties of pittosporum and nandina domestica, evergreen and interesting. When it’s planted up it’ll be so heavy I defy anyone to pinch it.
These two grasses are the same variety. The snow crushed all the stems. Just after cutting down the one on the right I remembered too late that the last time I did that, the grass died. I have a horrible feeling it’s one of those grasses you are supposed to comb out with your fingers rather than cut down. I have a garden diary of course, full of lessons to learn. Why oh why didn’t I…….. ?. I’ll stick it in a corner and see what happens.
I’ve set aside this corner for piling up all things brown and green. I tell myself it is a haven for wildlife as well as a dumping corner because I am trying to keep all waste within the garden rather than pay the Council to take it away. With this pile and my compost bins maybe I can avoid sending anything organic out of the garden. We shall see.
I must be deluded to think these cloches from Crocus will keep squirrels off my tulips. They will just lift them off with a flourish, like a waiter lifting the silver dome off a plate at a fancy restaurant. Tulips – yummmmmm
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