Having had days of very heavy rain and storm force winds means that I now have time to catch up with my blog as gardening can’t be done at the moment. Gales last night brought a large branch down from one of my ash trees, but more of that later. I will start by going back to the removal of the Leylandii hedge which then sat on the drive for a couple of weeks until friend Simon had time to come and remove it.
Watching him turning the tractor on the proverbial sixpence was wonderful, no plants were hurt or squashed and once I had cleared away all the bits, you would never know that he had been here. I recently had a letter from Calor Gas to say that they are coming on 16th October to install a new tank, not a word about moving it, more excitement for me!
The beds that are in a corner under the dining room and sitting room windows still need more plants, but so far I have planted peonies and dwarf nepeta. Alliums have been added and tulips will go in some time in November.
I have also been working on the short double borders that lead through to the circular lawn.
There are three Iceberg roses each side which have never done very well, maybe because I hadn’t really looked after them, they have now been given some fertiliser so we will see what happens next year. I have added 2 small white Hydrangeas each side, 2 white peonies are still to come for each side, lots of white and blue Agapanthus have been planted along with a few Geranium Rozanne at the front. White narcissus have gone in and white tulips are waiting for November, lots of Alliums have also been included.
The hydrangeas will only grow 3 ft, so shouldn’t get too big. The problem with planting a double border is the different rates of growth. The left hand border faces south west and the right hand border faces north east, but still manages to get some sunshine for half of the day.
That’s me more or less up to date. There is another small bed that has been cleared but this has some bare root roses coming in November so will get planted up then, I might plant the bulbs for here in pots so that they are all ready to go in at the same time. All the borders have had lots of home made compost added at planting time and will soon be mulched with my own leaf mould, so all the new plants will hopefully be happy.
Hope you are all coping with whatever your weather is doing at the moment, I have got hooked on jigsaws for when it is raining, hopefully they will keep me occupied over the winter!