The last couple of weekends have been rather busy with other concerns, so today was a chance to do something in the garden again. Mum had some concrete slabs for us that were lifted from her front garden, so this morning J took his car to her house to pick some of them up. And I took my car, to pick Mum up and take her to the garden centre! Plant shopping – one of my favourite things.
We started with a visit to Morrison’s in the town centre. Their pop-up garden centre opened last week and I have extolled its virtues here before. Mum wanted several specific things so knowing how cheap and good the Morrison’s plants can be I thought we would try there first. She found a loganberry, a gooseberry, camellia and honeysuckle, plus they had herbaceous perennials on 2 for £3 so we got an assortment including a couple of different achillea. I decided to have a loganberry as well.
Then we went to the garden centre and Mum did a very good job of spending quite a lot of her garden centre vouchers. She wanted a magnolia stellata, a buddleia and a rhubarb crown, amongst other things. We found some more herbaceous perennials on offer, plus Mum found a reduced pieris and a couple of very nice skimmia.
Meanwhile I was distracted by a little pot of snakes-head fritillaries, something I have coveted for years. Much to my joy I also found a chaenomeles (flowering quince) to replace the old one:
Meanwhile J was hard at work, and with the addition of four slabs, some gravel and some plastic edging the bottom of the garden now looks like this:
Which is much better than the untidy fizzling out thing it used to do. The plastic edging will (we hope) soon vanish under ground cover planting. We have a few slabs still to collect which will go in the corner behind the shed.
So this is the back garden today:
And we have various flowering things, despite attempted snow and hail:
Can’t wait for some warmer days so I can get planting!