Tuesday, May 31

More gaps filled

You may remember that in an earlier post I commented on how we had gaps in our pebble gardens which were providing an opportunity to buy more plants. 

I had already recently filled one gap with a tulbaghia. A few days ago we decided to carry out a garden centre crawl and came back with among other thinks some new gap fillers.
The small pebble bed was the one with most gaps but I decided that some of the new plants we a little too vigorous to be housed there. On the other hand a couple of plants in the larger pebble bed were in danger of being swamped.
These plants were lifted, and along with three of the new aquisitions were planted in the small pebble bed.

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The two saxifrages in the small pebble bed have been impressive. I bought them in flower at the end of January and planted them out on 7 February as shown below.

They have flowered continuously since and only now are the flowers coming to an end. 

As the plants grow the gaps should close up even more. The new plants that I expect to spread more were planted in the larger bed.

Before
After

Now I am looking forward to seeing some new flowers.


14 comments:

  1. Lovely! I can't wait to start adding to our perennial borders...but first comes the task of editing/pruning/removing. It's a process and even though I would like to go straight to the end bit (and all that garden centre strolling!), I know that this first part, although not nearly as exciting, is the most important in the long run.

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    1. Your time will come, Margaret

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  2. Your plants are bringing back so many memories of things I no longer seem to have in the garden which I loved. I must make it into my plans to get some of these lost friends back. Those saxifrage really did do well for you!

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    1. The two saxifrages have been great, Deborah.

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  3. Nice selection Sue. I'm sure it won't be long until they settle in and spread out. Many of these wouldn't grow in the ground here in my garden.

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    1. The two beds have lots of grit added, Angie and the smaller is a grit/topsoil mix.

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  4. It appears you have some wonderful nurseries in your area. It's hard to find anything unique around here.

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    1. The garden centre where we bought the plants wasn't actually local, Sue. The privately/family owned businesses are definitely better than the large chains.

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  5. A lovely little flower bed...it will look really nice when they all fill out!!

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    1. I'm looking forward to that point, Tanya.

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  6. It will be lovely watching them spread and grow. I do love pebble gardens.xxx

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  7. Alpines were my first plant group love and I do love a spot of filling the gap gardening! It's looking good and the promise of those delicate flowers is worth the wait - enjoy them :-)

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    1. I just hope they flourish, Shirley as some alpines that I have planted in the past have just disappeared without trace.

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