Friday 13th May 2022

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

Eyes down

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

Lovely stuff


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

Beds improved

More light on the subject

Water, water, water

Time for a celebratory Group Photo


Hard work

and a lot of fun

Well done, team!

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