More work in the garden, starting with a tidy up at the side of the conservatory by way of a gravel path. We discovered why plants were not growing well there – a simple matter of an 18inch wide concrete shelf to the front and side! The new path has duly passed inspection by our resident Forecat, Miss Dilly. Plants also adjusted to allow for the additional path.
We now have a small trellis to hide some of the pots etc. Large pot each side as there is always a stiff breeze down that side. Jasmine in one pot and Hypericum in the further side.
In other news – the fig has recovered from the move and is forming fruits. And the Apricot – despite the severe haircut (back to the trunk) and twice being repotted, has begun to show signs of new shoots.
More gardening today – and I think I now have most of the plants out that I don’t want and moved and/or ‘pruned’ the rest.
The mosaic table and chairs that we bought in the sales last autumn and which have been stored in the garage since look rather nice in the sunshine. (There are 4 chairs but only brought 2 out today)
The camlia will be here and after some wavering I decided that
the large pieris has a reprieve for the time being. Put in the huge cyclamen (rhs) two ferns and a heuchera. Had thought of gravelling that section as the window cleaner has a habit of treading on it but just going to put in a pebbe; section down the side of the conservatory. The large pot contains a Rodgersia pinnata. Not the best pot but its a plant that like to be kept quite damp.
The side border looks a little spartan but it now has space for new things. The acer in the centre may yet end up in a large pot. It seems to be one of the weeping varieties, which is wasted in a mixed border. They are far better displayed in a good pot.
From now on it will be the judicious buying of plants for seasonal colour. With such a small courtyard garden I can’t afford to bung stuff in as I used to. But on a day like this it is a perfect place for tea and a book!
It occurred to me that my cats are faulty. Why? Empty boxes. Endless youtube clips and postings from friends find the reaction of their feline darlings to a box of any kind entertaining with often hilarious antics. Continue reading
I spent the afternoon pottering around the courtyard moving this and evicting that – the main eviction was yet another euphorbia – this one the common variety. Pictured is an outdoor cyclamen – a single corm this fills the entire pot! yet to decide where to put that one.