Well some bright spots of colour, but sadly not many in my garden!
The grass bed, above, is full of bulbs and self seeded forget me knots, but there’s little sign yet.
The Veg Patch is even emptier,
The big news, however, is the creation of two new beds. The first, the ‘Mid Century Bed’ is opposite the swing and at right angles to the grass bed (you can just see the grasses – and the digger – in the left middle of the photo below). I’m still ruminating over what to plant here. I had originally thought of concentrating on roses and peonies, but of course am now trying to think of ways to extend the season. Also, I had originally though of a pinky/blue theme, in common with the rest of this area of the garden, but am now thinking of plummier, more ‘bruised’ colours, like those used in the Stoke City garden at last year’s Chelsea Flower show. See reminder below, swoon.
As ever, your thoughts are welcome
The second new bed, the Bronze Bed, is directly in front of a long outside table. The thought behind this new bed is that it is much sunnier than the Oak Bed (on the opposite side of the lawn, alongside the road), which is very shaded by the over-the-road-oak in the summer. The new bed should get much more light and can hopefully be planted with blooms we can admire from the table. I already have some ideas, and have bought many packets of seed, but the only plant to have arrived to date is my beautiful Hamamelis Aphrodite, still to be planted.
The Oak Bed, opposite the new bed, is starting to come alive, with hellebores and begenias flowering and bulbs pushing their way through. However, post spring, it will be a relief to abandon this bed to the shrubs, and concentrate on the new bed instead.
With thanks as ever to Helen at the Patient Gardener for hosting this End of Month meme,