I thought it was finally time to post an update on the alder terrace, I posted about it on 27th June, finishing the post saying there would be further updates, well I had not intended the next would be 5 months later, I have not been over to that side of the garden much this year and it shows, I hope to change that next year, but we’ll see,
I am pleased with how the bed has progressed through the months, it is now growing in the direction I had planned when I first created it, you can read the story on the June 27th post here.
of the 3 shrubs I moved to the bed, the Aucuba japonica Variegata has grown a few leaves, not many but it means there is life, it will have a more sheltered winter here,
sadly the skimmer did not recover and has been removed, the Hebe ‘Caledonia’ has grown most, this was a cutting from the parent plant in the dogwood border,
I had a cutting of rosemary in a pot so added it here near the edge for good drainage, I am surprised at how well it has grown,
Thuja occidentalis ‘Rheingold’ has put on a lot of new growth, I am going to cut all the brown foliage off next spring, I have read to prune in autumn if you do not want to stimulate growth, prune in spring to stimulate growth, I am putting this into practice this autumn and next spring to see if it works, I hope so,
Thuja plicata ‘Whipcord’ has more brown foliage but there is some good growth underneath, again I am waiting until spring to prune,
the cutting I took in summer of Euphorbia Ascot rainbow and behind Choisya ‘Aztec pearl’ another cutting, the parent plant died a couple of years ago, I have another cutting growing in the tweenie garden, I hope at least one survives winter,
Asplenium scolopendrius Hart’s Tongue fern with Cyrtomium fortunel Japanese Holly fern, both got burnt to a crisp last winter in the front garden, they have recovered well,
there were some snowdrops in this bed and I planted what I believe were the snowdrops between the ferns, there are also a few crocus near the Daboecia cantabrica subsp. scotica Silverwells, Irish heath, which has been flowering since it was planted, years ago I bought an Erythronium Pagoda and planted it in the little bed, it was a pot plant and grew the year it was planted but after it died back it never re-appeared, so I have never tried again, when I see photos of erythroniums, dog’s tooth violets, they look so pretty, I think they might grow here in this bed, so I order 3 each of 3 varieties, Hayloft plants had a generous offer, Erythronium californicum ‘White Beauty’ Erythronium dens-canis ‘Rose Queen’ and Erythronium ‘Pagoda’, the bulbs arrived earlier this week but the weather has been horrid, then this morning the wind had calmed and by midday the sun even manage to appear through the clouds, so I went into the garden for a couple of hours, it was cold at first but then I warmed up or just got used to it, I got the erythroniums planted and I also planted some Chionodoxa forbesii and I have some blue Anemone blanda which I would have planted but I read it is best to soak them overnight first,
ever since I saw a photo in a book I have been looking for Centaurea montana, ‘Amethyst in snow’ the centaurea montana grow well here and one thing I have learnt is if a plant does well buy more varieties of it, I would like a white one too, I finally got a Centaurea montana, ‘Amethyst in snow’ and I have planted it near where the skimmia had been, I planted Carex testacea in summer and the Hellebore I moved from the little bed, so, I think this bed is pretty much done now, just watch and hope the plants grow and fill out nicely,
after I finished the planting I made a start on weeding one of the paths around it, 2 large bucketfuls and it hardly shows, by then I was getting cold, so I just dug up some more tatties as I had none in the house and then I came into the house, just in time for Gardener’s question time on the radio,
have a nice weekend x
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