Thursday, March 30

Garden update - a summary

Some areas of the garden are past their best. The hellebores and snowdrops planted under the magnolia tree have faded. They had their moment of glory earlier and will now rest under the magnolia until next spring.

The bulbs in the bird bath bed are also fading but hopefully I can enliven this area with some annuals.

The latest of the narcissus bulbs planted in the front garden are flowering but perennials should take over there soon, however there seems to be one or two gaps that will need replanting.

One group of plants that have moved into a star role are the flowering shrubs and trees. 
The alpine plants in the pebble beds are getting ready for their moment of glory. I moved one plant out of the small bed and onto the ledge of the larger pebble garden as it was growing too vigorously for that area. I may need to force myself to buy something smaller to replace it.

Various spring bulbs are now flowering with the tulips hanging back in bud waiting for their turn to flower.
The tubs on the patio are adding colour to the garden. Some of the primroses are actually self sown pants from last year's primroses

The perennial plants in the blue and white border are beginning to bulk up. Technically being purple, the vinca shouldn't be there but I have allocated it a free pass as it is good ground cover under the acer.

The perennials in the red and yellow border are not as far forward but are showing new growth. The daffodils that I planted in this bed have not shown their faces. Whether they have disappeared completely or are just much later, only time will tell. The tulips have appeared again and are in bud.

Last year some of the taller perennials flopped over on the shorter growers and hid them so this year I am ready with some hazel twigs to try to keep them in check.
The dicentra - that I refuse to call anything else - is in another part of the garden. The hostas in pots around the pond are beginning to shoot and so we will have to take some precautions to try to mitigate slug attack. Some will need repotting as their old clay posts are crumbling.

We are gradually beginning to populate the cold frame. More precautions against slug or snail attack will be necessary. We are trying some wool pellets called Slug Gone and spraying with Grazers slug deterrent.  I'm hoping the blackbirds that are often hanging around up near the cold frames will do their bit too. We tried most other things in the past. Some methods are impractical and others have been of limited success. If anyone comes up with a foolproof method or product, they could make a fortune.

I've arranged some pots of herbs between the climbing roses in the cold frame courtyard (area). The mossy growth has been tidied up and the herbs clipped where necessary. I just need to topdress the pots with some fresh compost.

That's it - the state of play on the garden at the moment.



17 comments:

  1. Your garden is looking fantastic! So much in bloom already! I do love alpine gardens!It's certainly all happening at your place for sure. The garrya tassles are fascinating.xxx

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    1. I wrote this yesterday, Dina and this morning it was already a little out of date. Things are moving so quickly.

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  2. It's so beautiful! How i love to see all those flowers that I can plant here! Awesome!

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    1. We are each fascinated by what grows in other parts of the world, Malar,

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  3. You have obviously given a lot of consideration to your planting ~ my early garden is over and there will be very little now for a couple of months! It all looks lovely, indeed.
    The Snakeshead Fritillary is especially magnificent!

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    1. We have tried to have different areas come into their prime at different times, Deborah but as usual it's not right yet.

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  4. I've never seen those snakeshead frittilary. Lovely!
    I've always loved spring blooms but they could sure stand to bloom a bit longer!!

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    1. The fritillaries are quite small plants, Sue. It is a shame that spring flowers are so fleeting.

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  5. The rabbit has taken to picking our flowers (and leaves) for us so I won't be doing a spring flower post this year. The snakeshead fritillary stands out as a feature.

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    1. There should also be a white snakeshead too, Mal but so far there's no sign of it this year,

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  6. Faded or not I think your garden is looking splendid :)

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  7. The fact that no-one has come up with a foolproof slug deterrent (and made a fortune) suggests there probably isn't one. Intriguing research prospect though.
    I'm pondering covering the whole of one raised bed with shocka mat, using it as you would a weed proof membrane, and planting salad leaves in holes through it. It would be expensive though. Any thoughts?

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    1. The RHS have done some experimenting, Jessica. They say that copper products seem to work in a lab but there is little evidence that they work in reality. We tried the impregnated fabric on the floor of the greenhouse and found slugs 'sitting' on it. Maybe it works when it is fresh and clean but maybe as it becomes less clean a barrier us formed between mollusc and copper. If I were you and wanted to try it, I'd just try it with a few plants rather than the whole bed

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    2. I've certainly had very mixed results with copper rings and tape. I'd wondered if the slugs had found a way to bridge it, hence thinking of going for the cover all approach. But I did have a horrible feeling it would be throwing good money after bad.

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  8. You have an impressive range of plants either flowering or just going over Sue. We are all looking for the magic solution to the slug problem

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    1. If only someone would find the magic bullet, Brian. We must spend a small fortune trying to thwart them.

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