Unlucky for some…. but not for one esteemed Friday Group colleague. F/G are off to work in her garden.
Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to Lewes we go – complete with trugs, spades, garden forks, saws. You name it, we’ve got it.
It’s a very attractive garden already – and with great potential. Plans have been made by Bridge and Deborah in collaboration with the owner
But first, the all important caffeine hit.
There are beds to weed and plants to clear
One or two branches to be removed from a thicket of Sumac
Soil to be improved with soil conditioner, compost and leaf mould
A new wheelbarrow will earn its keep –
Briefing commences and jobs are allocated
It’s a serious project and we all pay close attention
Well, close-ish attention
The final details are mulled over
then it’s all systems go
Salvias and a Sarcococca are taken out for planting elsewhere. Geranium phaeum ‘Lisa’ and G. phaeum ‘Samobor’ go in, along with Gaura lindheimeri and Alchemilla mollis
and up-tails all
Pruning and shaping; cut Lilac back, move Jasminium nudiflorum and just look what’s happening to that Ribes shrub by the fence –
Soil improved and Heuchera obsidian added plus Geum, Pittosporum, Helenium and Alchemilla
Removing turves to widen the beds
Immersive weeding, removing Bindweed and our old favourite, Ground Elder
Bucketloads of barrowing – soil conditioner, compost, pukka muck
and a spot of leaf mould too
That should help improve things. Plant Vinca minor ‘Alba’ to add to the green and white vibe, Fatsia japonica ‘Spider’s Web’, Helleborus, Astrantia….
Not forgetting to add goodness to each planting hole plus some organic pelleted chicken manure
For every cut, there is a clearance
The pond unearthed. Yellow flag iris removed and geraniums culled
You have to be cruel to be kind
Should be fine. (Fingers crossed.)
And gradually, gradually, it all starts coming together…
The Choisya bed’s looking choice
And this is gorgeous!
Well, thank you!
You too, of course. But that new tree is Malus ‘Gorgeous’. And there’s also Rosa ‘Albertine’, Clematis ‘Etoile Rose’, Grasses and some fab Heuchera ‘Autumn Bride’
It’s a design thing
More light on the subject
Water, water, water
Time for a celebratory Group Photo
and a lot of fun
Well done, team!