Sycamore Saturday

Today was the day when we had to face up to the Sycamore Challenge. The little horrors have started appearing everywhere, so today we made the first assault. We’ll have to keep at it for the next few weeks of course but there are fewer now than there were.

That wasn’t really the main task of the day, though. We had some changes planned for the front garden and decided to get on with that this morning, as we couldn’t do much else until we’d done that. So the big change is to the bed by the front door. This corner started to get unmanageable last year as the lavender and nasturtiums got so huge and sprawly that it was difficult to get to the front step. We moved the lavender and everything else out of the corner by the door (luckily I remembered there was a hosta there that hasn’t put in an appearance yet) and rejigged the flower bed to remove the central path to the front window. We don’t need that path now as with the corner planting cleared we could put gravel there instead – so it now looks like this:

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The clump of hemerocallis has been split into three, one of which is going to Mum’s and the other two went back in the ground. A lot of things moved to the “new” bit of flower bed created by taking up the gravel path, and I also planted some lupins and monarda which arrived in the post recently.

Elsewhere at the front we had a bit of a tidy up:

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The trough under the window is looking colourful:

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And yet another hellebore – this one was Mum’s but she gave it to us as she’d had it in a pot for years and it never flowered.

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We had a good tidy up at the back too, it wasn’t just about pulling up sycamore seedlings!

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Lots of things are now getting going and there’s a fair bit of colour around.

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Bergenia

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Wallflowers

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Flowering currant

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Hellebores

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Forsythia

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Daffodils

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Pulmonaria

I’ve got lots of seeds starting to germinate – penstemon, marigold and lychnis – and cuttings from one of the artemisia, as well as my bought beetroot and strawberry plants. Haven’t had chance to plant up the veg trug yet but will probably do that next week.

Next task – can I actually get up off the sofa, or have my muscles seized up completely?!

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