The new path that we have made in the woodland now means that I have doubled the space to plant in! I don’t know why it has taken me nearly 30 yrs to do this, I really wish I had done it a long time ago and just hope that I live here long enough to get the benefit of it.
The new path from the left hand side, this end of the path is very wet, so I’m thinking more fritillaries and candelabra primulas, as well as more snowdrops in the drier bits. The green clump is Leucojum aestivum which is just starting to flower, I think I could split this clump.
The drier right hand end of the path, so lots more snowdrops, primroses and hellebores will be here either side of the path.
This view is from the new path looking towards the little drift of G. woronowii, on the right, I’ve never been able to stand here before! Behind the camellias on the left are my piles of leaf mould.
The wild snowdrops have been multiplying undeath all the ivy, I was amazed at how many we found.
One of the first things to do was for Neil to remove 2 rhododendrons that haven’t flowered for years. A visitor to the garden said that she would take them if I really didn’t want them any more. They have now gone and there seems to be so much more space.
Neil has moved one of my favourite hellebores from the other side of the garden and put it in the hole left by the rhodo. He brought it with a big rootball so hopefully it won’t realise that it has been moved. It was given a generous helping of leafmould so I hope it will be happy, I must remember to water it if it doesn’t rain.
I hope to soon have what is now a large island bed, matching the original border. Lots more bulbs will be added next autumn for hopefully an improved display next February.
Looking into the woodland from the archway. The new path goes round behind the Acer in the centre of the photo.
A good mulch of leaf mould has been added to improve the soil, although the ivy did trap loads of leaves which made their own leaf mould so the soil wasn’t too bad.
Lots more plants have been ordered to pop in between the snowdrops, narcissus and hellebores that have been seeding about. I have ordered from my usual supplier Plants for Shade who only deal in shady plants at www.plantsforshade.co.uk
This is the original path where at one time there was just planting along the edge of the centre of the woodland. I must get some bark chippings down to make a better path.
The slight slope at the left hand end of the woodland marks the place where the path now turns and becomes an oval walk.
This is the view I now get from the pile of leaf mould in a corner of the woodland.
I found some nice clumps of wild single snowdrops to the left of the pergola at the far side of the garden by the field next door. I can bring these over to the woodland to add to what is already there.
Special snowdrops have been heeled in one of the vegetable beds for the last couple of years, waiting for the path to be done. At last they can go into their proper place on either side of the new path!
I was out yesterday afternoon when my plants were due to be delivered so I sent the courier an email telling them just to leave the boxes in the porch. The boxes were duly stacked by the front door when I got back, it was like Christmas opening them up!
Not a lot to look at at the moment, but each little pot contains a woodland gem.
My order contains 4 varieties of ferns, 3 varieties of hostas, 1 Bergenia, 2 varieties of Brunnera,3 Cardamine pratensis, 1 pot of Lily of the Valley, 1 Epimedium, 3 Pulmonarias and 1 Uvularia. I will also buy a couple more Heucheras. These will all add foliage interest in the summer when it is too dark for flowers when all the leaves are on the trees.
At the moment they are getting some fresh air after their journey and I will now go and water them as a couple look a bit dry, planting can wait a day or two.
I have some forget me not seed that I can sprinkle, lots of foxglove, Arum italicum marmoratum and primrose seedlings that I can move from elsewhere and a few Meconopsis, Hellebores, wild single snowdrops and Candelabra primrose plants that can be moved, as well as a couple of Acers that are in pots at the moment. Then of course lots of bulbs to add next autumn, we’re going to be busy!
21 Primrose seedlings now potted up from the front drive, waiting to be planted in the woodland.
It’s amazing how a rise in the temperature and a bit of sunshine can bestir me into action, I keep reminding myself that our worst weather last year was half way through March!
Lots more narcissus pseudonarcissus are now flowering, the colour in the woodland is changing from white to yellow.
Are you the same as me or are you sensible and waiting for true spring to arrive before getting busy in the garden?