All through May, I have been working hard in the bog garden, the weeds had taken hold last year and were winning the battle. I had to be totally blinkered while weeding, not to get distracted by anything else, just get my head down and weed, weed, weed as the candelabra primulas and other plants were starting to flower. At last I have done it and I can now show you the result. Of course I should have taken “before” photos, but forgot.
The ferns on the left had spread so much that they had completely covered 2 lovely large hostas, they were rescued and the ferns removed from the front of the border. The variegated iris will be moved further back when they have finished flowering, to make room for more primulas which I will sow from seed.
The carving needs attention, but that will have to wait, removing weeds is more important!
My favourite rodgersia is growing nicely and spreading too. I’ve added a new hosta Sum and Substance behind which I know will grow nice and large to contrast with the rodgersia. The Astilbes will soon be flowering. I must mix my primulas up, the ones here are later flowering than the previous ones, so must get some earlier flowering ones in this part of the bed.
This is the drier end to the bog garden, the same ferns here are only half the size of the ones at the top of the post, hostas love it though and do really well here. Must sow more primulas here too.
Iris sibirica are now in rather a shady spot, under the Amelanchier tree, now that it has grown, maybe I’ll have to move them. The foxgloves shine out in the dark though.
I don’t remember planting this foxglove, I think it just put itself here and I’m very grateful to it.
All the hostas in this border seem to have done really well this year.
Yes, definitely more primulas needed at this end, this one looks rather lonely by itself.
Lots more to come, soon there will be flowers all along the border, I got finished just in time!
While waiting for the flowers to come, I’ll enjoy the contrast of foliage this border provides.
The next area to be tackled is the rockery, which is in the same disgraceful state. This time though I’ll take some photos to show just how awful it is!