This is a project that has been in the making for such a long time, simply because I kept putting it off, so I decided to bite the bullet and get on with it this year, now that I am having to spend so much time at home. The rockery bed is at the side and back of the house and is a roughly north facing slope with the high side facing south and east.There were small trees and shrubs that I had planted over the years but they had all grown far bigger than I had thought they would and were causing a lot of shade ( which I already had plenty of in other areas!) so it was time for a clear out.
You will see from the plants that I’m not going for tiny little rockery plants, I have strong beefy soil which will have compost and grit added to it, but basically it is very heavy clay so needs plants that can cope with it.
I tried planting a short while ago, but it was like digging in concrete, such a change from a month ago when everywhere was sodden! Also when I was vigorously digging with my trowel, I struck a stone and such an excrutiating pain shot up my arm, I really thought I had done some serious damage, but no, a good rest for a couple of days and I was back out in the garden, working. At the moment, at the end of April, we are now having rain every day for a week, the April showers have arrived that we should have been having on and off all month. The soil is now much softer, so much easier to plant in, so once more, no excuse for not rolling my sleeves up and getting on with it, I’ll just have to dodge the showers to do it!
Is your garden benefiting from our enforced lockdown? I think everyone is going to have a wonderful garden this year!