Where has the month of June gone, time is just flying by and I’m still playing catch up! We are gradually catching up with all the weeding, having neglected the garden somewhat for 2 yrs, while the medics were trying to decide what was wrong with my muscles. Now though, we are beginning to see our garden emerging from the weeds once more, thank goodness, as now, thanks to new medication, I can manage to do 2 hrs gardening each day, a great improvement on last year when I could only manage 20 minutes! With the under gardener matching me, hour for hour , soon it should all be ship shape again. In this review I will just concentrate on the two areas where I have been changing the planting. The first area is the slope behind the alpine scree.
Here we have the left hand end of the border which is rather shady thanks to a Pittosporum Irene Patterson, which I must cut to a smaller shape. At the front, just out of sight, is an Astilbe at the bottom of the slope which should be nice and damp for it. Behind is the tatting fern, Athyrium frizelliae which has a lovely shape to it. Two new japanese painted ferns have been added, Athyrium niponicum, along with Heuchera Ginger Peach. Behind the day lily foliage, on the left, I have added a dicentra and behind that, Hosta Halcyon. Looking at this photo, it makes me think that it needs a splash of yellow, the grass Hakonechloa maybe, or something white.
I couldn’t resist showing you the lovely freesias that a friend gave me, they are still in their pot, not being hardy, they will have to come into the conservatory for the winter, but for now they can nestle among the golden santolina.
The right hand end still needs a bit more colour. Unfortunately it was foggy this morning when I took the photographs, so some of the flowers are tightly shut! I can assure you that there is quite a bit of pink and yellow from 2 helianthemums, even so I am not totally happy with it yet.
Hosta June seems very happy in her new spot along side a deep purple, pink spotted heuchera, they both have part sun/shade in this area.
Hosta Canada Blue with Heuchera Lime Marmalade on one side and Heuchera Marmalade on the other. These Heucheras and Hostas were supposed to be for the gravel area further round at the back, oh well, will have to buy more in the autumn!
From the balcony, you can see that there are still spaces to be filled, but I keep reminding myself that all these new plants will grow and spread! Yes, I definitely think a yellow grass at the left side is needed. In early spring, there are snowdrops and hellebores, with a few polyanthus to bring some colour to this border, these are followed by a few creeping phlox, then the daylilies which are almost flowering, have small yellow flowers and I think the clump is so large now, it must be split soon. At the right hand side of the old pond, now the alpine scree, is a clump of Iris pseudacorus which has put itself there, at the base of the slope which always stays damp. There are also a few astilbe almost flowering, which have been planted in damp pockets of soil.
At the other side of the garden, the other area that we have been working on is the border by the field which I hope will be my late summer border. You may, or may not, remember that last year I was cutting back all the shrubs by the field as they were taking over the bed and shutting out the light from the plants underneath. It was amazing what we found! We also found lots of bare spaces, so lots of lilies in pots have been dropped in for now, but also I have been growing lots in the greenhouse for this border and now is the time to plant it up, in between all the weeding of the rest of the garden, of course!
There are so many daylilies in this border, all about to burst into flower any day now. Campanulas are making a nice statement among the roses and on the left is a Thalictrum next to the Cardoon that was struggling last year. There are a few alliums here already, but there are lots more in pots to be added now.
So many more plants to be planted , Alstromerias, Dahlias, Echinacea, Agapanthus, Rudbeckia & Penstemons. Already planted this year are Asters , Salvias, Astrantias and Perovskia. All these will obviously be quite small this year, but hopefully next year should bring lots more autumn colour to this border. We’ll have to see if next month brings more colour to this border by the field next door, I hope so.
Thanks must go to Helen at The Patient Gardener for hosting this end of month review, do visit to see other gardens from round the world.