I somehow managed to delete the ‘classic’ photo I took looking across the lawn to the swing, so thought I’d start with the shady bed for a change. This is the location of the Sarcococca (on the left) which I snipped for my scented Monday vase. There’s a lovely dark hellebore here too, towards the centre of the photo, but it’s not yet open. Another ‘spring thing’ to look forward to!
In the troughs the stocks, which were grown from cuttings and planted out last year, are finally starting to make their mark and will hopefully also provide scent later in the year. In front of them plenty of daffodils are just peeping above the parapet. The grand plan for this bed later in the year is to have a mass planting of Pelargoniums as I think they’re about the only thing I can think of that will tolerate the heat and dryness of these metal troughs in the summer.
The strawberry bed is largely devoid of strawberries and increasingly overwhelmed with Agapanthus, but I’m fine with that (even if my daughter isn’t!)
The Swing Beds are still pretty green but definitely in need of a tidy – particularly those roses. I’m going to need to be feeling strong for them!
The swing itself has a rather charming ‘fringe’ of Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’ on the right hand side. Sadly, the one on the left seems to have disappeared.
The right hand Swing Bed is looking as dull as the left one, but with a similarly scary looking rambling rose. Now where are those gauntlets….
Happily, in the robustly defended Grass Bed, the bulbs are coming up unmolested. At some stage – once I’m confident they’re beyond being eaten but preferably before all the buds have formed – I’ll need to remove the chicken wire so we can enjoy them.
Meanwhile, I’m a worried the Stipa tenuissima are looking a bit peaky. I normally have a bit of a divide/replant over winter to try to maintain the row, but there’s not much material to work with!
Looking across the Mid Century bed towards the greenhouse you can still see the big white sacks of compost and manure delivered before Christmas. I have done some sh*t shovelling, but the weather has been so rubbish that reading a gardening magazine by the warmth of the Aga has been rather more appealing.
In the metal bath by the front steps the Osteospermums are still flowering. I did try to take some cuttings but they didn’t take. Perhaps I’ll try again in the spring as I do love this colour.
Further round, the Hamamelis is looking good – it probably deserves neater environs, so that’s another bed that needs a tidy and mulch.
The Bronze Bed is already showing signs of the (hopefully) bonanza of bulbs to come. For the last two years there have almost been too many, but I’m not complaining!
Numerous succulents and Aeoniums are still sheltering under the glass canopy,
In addition, here is the first wave of sweet peas – these are the ‘Winter Sunshine’ variety that last year flowered in April.
And to finish, yet more bulbs to look forward to. Roll on spring!
With thanks to Helen at the Patient Gardener for hosting EoMVs.