A couple of weeks ago I took Mum plant shopping. At the time we both admired some witch hazels but even the reduced one we saw was £30 and as neither of us could be certain where we would put one we decided not to go mad. Since then, J and I had discussed it and become convinced that we had room in the middle of the new flower bed.
We went plant shopping this morning (after a trip to the DIY store for more gravel!) and thought we would have a look for witch hazels, though I wasn’t too optimistic that we would find one in the reduced section. Oh, how wrong you can be! Reduced from £39.99 to just £15 – so I am now the proud owner of a witch hazel! It’s still flowering a bit and still smells gorgeous, and it fits right in to the spot we had planned.
The initial plan for today had been to buy the gravel we needed to finish the paths off, get a few plants as required (including some for the burial of ratties) and then to spend time next weekend actually doing the gardening. But the forecast looking forward to next week seems to be for rain, so we decided instead to crack on with the outdoor work just in case we can’t do anything over Easter.
So the various bits of path are now finished – the remaining slabs from Mum’s have been used at either end of the shed, around the compost bins and the spare water butt (which isn’t currently hooked up to anything, but we are considering adding something to the greenhouse to feed into it). New plants, including those I bought two weeks ago, have all gone in the ground or into pots. We did a bit of tidying up and moved a few things around again, and the garden now looks like this:
And the finished path at the end of the garden:
The witch hazel wasn’t our only bargain, by any means. We also picked up a burgundy anemone for £4.99 (from £9.99), a Prunus incisa (Kojo-no-ma) for £10 instead of £12.99, and a Lonicera “Winter Beauty” for £6 instead of £9.99. Add in two very nice hebes on 2 for £15, and even with the full price tray of 6 lavenders for £9.99 we did pretty well. I also had a voucher for £8 off a £40 spend so that gave us the lavenders for a couple of pounds, in effect.
The prunus is lovely, and has lots of buds ready to open:
So I’m hoping that it will be looking gorgeous by next weekend.
One of the bigger moves we had been planning was the honeysuckle we put in nearly three years ago, next to the hedge. It did have a few flowers last year but we got the impression it hadn’t done a great deal and was probably a bit crowded out where it was. So J prepared the fence at the end of the garden and with the creation of a new bed at that end we had a corner for it. When J dug it up we found just how much growing it had done, but it should be a lot happier in its new location.
Some things have been flowering for a while, some are getting a second wind and others are just bursting into life. The hellebores have been lovely again this year:
The sarcocca seems to have a new lease of life in its new location, and has put out some more flowers, though its leaves are looking a bit nibbled:
Daffodils have started to open in the last few days, including this rather spectacular double flowered one which I didn’t know we had:
The forsythia is beginning to show a bit of colour too:
With the birds visiting the feeder and the bees starting to bimble around the first flowers, it feels like the garden is waking up again.