the last 2 weeks have been nice weather here, the temperature has even reached double figures celsius, we haven’t had any rain for a few weeks I’ve been trying to remember the last rain we had, the 5 day forecast says rain on Wednesday, we’ll see, I’ve spent a lot of time in the garden and got quite a bit done though in my garden there will always be more to do, I’ve accepted that now as a fact of such a large garden together with several other facts, one job I did was finally divide the pampas grass I managed to wrestle from the front garden a few weeks earlier, it had been sitting in the hole created by digging it out.
not a task for weaklings is dividing pampas grass and as for using 2 forks to prise it apart, well you couldn’t even get a fork or spade into it, no it needed side ways thinking so out came the chopper, hammer and as much brute force as I could muster, job done they are now planted around the damp meadow to help create the grass hedge,
while I was in the front garden I realised I hadn’t taken a photo of the jungle border with the daffodils in bloom, after all those photos last year with the line of pebbles marking where the bulbs were I thought I should show a photo of them out, this was taken on the 3rd June there are still a few blooms today, I’m so amazed at daffodils in June that I am watching the last ones as I want a photo of the last daffodil to start fading and note the date, I’m pleased with the jungle border I know it doesn’t look much but of the plants I planted last autumn all are growing except 3 and there is still a possibility they could grow,
I’m still enjoying the little orange blossoms on the geum in the tweenie garden and I thought I’d show a photo of what is left of the original clump before I dig that out too, notice the difference not a single bloom, it clearly was not happy here even though it expanded and there was always plenty of foliage, the grass has taken over this border and I am slowly digging out the plants to then start over when I have got rid of the grass,
still in the front garden the snow in summer is blooming,
the alliums in the previous post are in the rosa rugosa border, silly me had visions of them flowering among the roses, not so, not this year anyway, 2 of the RR started to leaf out in March and then it went very cold with lots of frosty mornings, one is starting to recover but the other is looking very bleak, the other 2 only started to leaf out in May so all are late this year, in autumn 2011 I planted out some odd bulbs I had dug up and they had been awaiting a new home, I didn’t know/remember what they were, last year they were mostly just foliage, this year, I have already shown the queen of the night tulip and now this little beauty, I bought these for the middle front bed years ago and hadn’t seen them for many years, I had dug out some bulbs from there and not known what they were, I am so pleased to see this and must look back on my order forms to see what it is called,
red lupin or as I have been calling it red candles, it is proving to be the most prolific of the lupins, last year it was both the first and last to flower and now this year it is way ahead of the others,
I’m pleased with how the calamagrostis are increasing I bought 3 two years ago for the damp meadow,
my favourite photo of the moment, the mulched area to the left is where I earlier showed a photo full of horsetails, it is now weeded and planted with the geum I show above and some other plants, what I love is how the euphorbia is continuing the hot colour from the orange geum and then the touch of cool blue from the centaurea, the centaurea has been in the damp meadow a few years but I felt it wasn’t being shown to it’s best so last autumn I dug it up and divided it, putting some in the jungle border, that’s the one in the previous post and some in the tweenie, it’s rewarding me well for the move,
from the top of the last photo is the path between the tweenie and tree edges, these bluebells are the other side of the path under the edge of the spruce trees and that’s not grass growing with them but horsetail,
on the wildflower slope I am thrilled to see lots of yellow rattle, it’s taken me so long to get this plant growing, last year was the first time seeds had grown, I think what some of you said about old seed is true, the seed that grew last year was from a different nursery, these are all self sown from last years flowers,
while I was on the slope and before the alders leaf out I thought I’d show a photo of the under tree part of the alder garden from above, the primies are finishing now, it looks like lots of brown areas but I have planted spring bulbs, some other types of primroses and hellebores, I’d like to add some ferns and will be thinking what else I can add,
I haven’t been to art club the last 2 Mondays as I’ve been keen to work in the garden but have decided this afternoon I’m going, I think my body needs a break and my mind could do with some non garden chatter, wishing you all a great day.