I don’t think it is any secret that the woodland is my favourite part of this garden, at least for the first half of the year. When we moved here it was just the huge ancient trees with lots of brambles and nettles beneath! Slowly, after we had cleared the weeds away, we began adding bulbs and woodland plants. I was inspired originally by Beth Chatto’s book on Woodland Gardening, what a help all her books have been as I’ve been making the garden here.
Having shown you the snowdrops in recent posts, I thought I would show you what else is flowering during the winter months..
This one seeds around so must be happy where it is.
I haven’t noticed any seedlings from Beth, maybe she is sterile.
New plants have been bought which will soon be added. Hostas, ferns, corydalis, epimediums and heucheras, will be planted to take over where the snowdrops have been. I can move my erythroniums into the woodland, rather than have them dotted round the garden and loads of white foxgloves have come up in the soil of the vegetable garden, where I have added compost, some of them can be moved here too. When all the leaves come onto the huge trees it gets quite dark in the woodland, so I think a few quiet months with contrasting foliage could well be the answer for the summer months.
As you can see, there is a lot more going on in the woodland than just snowdrops. There are areas which need more bulbs adding, the south facing slope to the ditch for example. I think more crocus and more Anemone blanda would be happy there, the drainage is good and they would have sunshine until the leaves come on to the oaks, ash and chestnuts. I could split some of my wild snowdrops and add those, I won’t add “specials” otherwise I would have to walk along the ditch every time to admire their different markings!
– I must now make some notes to remind me what to plant where, do you have to write notes to yourself or are you blessed with a wonderful memory?