The rockery is starting to look as I imagined it would when I first thought about replanting it a few years ago when large shrubs were removed. It has taken time for new little shrubs to settle in and start to grow and flower. There are a few things that will need moving and changing, I never can get it totally right the first time round when I redo a border!
The Japanese Azalea, which was here when we moved here 30 odd years ago, is commanding attention at the moment. It is such a bright colour you can’t miss it, but for the past few years it had needed a bit of pruning as it was starting to flop everywhere. The scree in front which is the only place in the garden which has good drainage, has had some new plants added, but I must find more that will flower later in the year and of course leave space for little bulbs to be added in the autumn.
I must remember to buy some more Narcissus Thalia in the autumn, I have plenty at the right hand end of the crescent shaped rockery and plenty at the left hand end, but non in the middle!
I have just bought a lovely plant of Erysimum Bowles Mauve and will use it for lots of cuttings so that I can have quite a few plants flowering on and off all year round.
Foxgloves have popped up in between various plants, probably seeds in the compost when adding it to the soil when planting. Gradually I am getting rid of the purple ones, but if they are going to be white, then they can stay so that I can collect the seed for sprinkling in the woodland.
The rockery really does look better facing it from the other side as it slopes to the north, but even so from the south side it is still possible to see the plants that have been chosen for their colourful foliage which will be here for most of the year.
The lush green leaves towards the top of the photo belong to a group of Colchicum which of course will flower in the autumn and make a nice splash of colour.
The pink saxifrage that I planted last year is certainly happy in its new home and is spreading nicely over and around the rocks. The double yellow Jack in the Green type of primrose is now definitely in need of splitting, I must see to that when it finishes flowering.
Dotted through the rockery are quite a few clumps of Narcissus poeticus recurvus, these are my last Narcissus to flower, sometimes not flowering until May, I think though these will be flowering next week. The clumps are now quite large and in need of splitting. I have also read that this narcissus likes damp soil and aborts its buds if it is too dry, so maybe I need to move them to where it floods or the bog garden! Usually I only get a couple of flowers on each clump, this clump has 10 buds which probably means it liked all our rain last July!
The alpine scree has also had a few additions in the last few days. The first newcomer to be planted was Armeria maritima, sea thrift, which I hope will like the conditions. I have also bought a few phlox but have had to remember to leave space for autumn bulbs and also to try and do something in the centre with the broken roof tiles from Storm Eunice!
This is the rockery as it is now, still room for improvement, so will post updates as and when more plants are added. I think I’ll be going to the garden centre every few months to see their alpine plants and decide what can be bought to give colour later in the year, any suggestions will be gladly received.