Making changes

There was a lot to do in the garden today, and there’s more to come, but that’ll become clear later. Tulips and wallflowers had gone over and needed removing from pots, and I had a few things to go into pots or the ground, plus there was a lot of weeding and deadheading to get on with. The weekends are just too short!

While I was weeding, getting old plants out of pots and deciding what was going in those pots instead, J was enacting Phase 1 of Operation Lawn Be Gone. Well, I call it lawn, but it’s a pretty poor one really, and J is getting fed up with mowing the bits that are left. We had some debate about what to have in its place, and the consensus was that it would be part gravel, part flower bed. The first bit came up today and has become flower bed, while the other side will be a more wavy edge so the apple tree will be surrounded by gravel, and the flower bed will gain some extra area too. All will become clear in the next couple of weeks – it probably won’t be a one-day job, but we’ll see.

So after Phase 1, we have this.

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Some of the monkey puzzle stumps have been moved over and we had a few things to plant, including this little guy:

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Pittosporum “Tom Thumb” – I first saw them years ago but could never remember the name when I was plant shopping. On holiday we saw loads and I was determined to have one, so I got one yesterday.

So that’s the big change – everything else today was about tidying and reorganising. I had an acer waiting to go in a pot – it was a birthday present from our friend H. It’s looking a bit spindly just now but it should settle down.

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The rest of the back garden is looking well populated

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as is the front garden:

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And there’s a few things to single out for special mentions.

The cistus, which is looking glorious.

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This foxglove, which I would swear wasn’t there a week ago.

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One of the photinias in the front garden, which is flowering for the first time ever.

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The escallonias which have been lovely (this is the one at the front, but the one at the back looks fantastic too).

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Ornamental sage:

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rhododendron:

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rose:

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and ceanothus:

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all of which have more than bounced back from their severe haircuts.

The alliums – we have never grown them before but I’ve loved having their punctuation marks in the back garden and am leaving the seed heads to develop.

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The heucheras – this is Paris – which are looking wonderful.

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This little sedum which surprised me with a constellation of little yellow stars – I didn’t know it was going to flower!

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Geum “Mrs Bradshaw”, because everyone should have one.

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The knautia, which went from nothing to full flower in about two days this week.

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The thornless blackberry, which is covered in blossom and is giving me hope for plenty of fruit, the first time since we got it two years ago.

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The aquilegias, which continue to be lovely.

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This damselfly, which sat still long enough for me to get a picture.

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And finally, my mum, for giving us this plaque for our birthdays:

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Very true.

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