It’s been a busy two days in the garden taking advantage of the warmer temperatures and the dry sunny weather.
I rescued, (I hope) some of my plants from other over-enthusiastic plants encroaching on their space and depriving them of vital light. I chopped back the Lovage for the second time this year. I have decided it has got to go. What’s left of the Lovage is behind the white planter. My flat leaf parsley should be a bit happier now and also the Aubretias.
You can’t see them, the Fennel is in the way, but there are Violas, which were tied up with weeds. I moved all but two of the self-seeded Calendulas (edible Marigolds) to another patch with their pals.
It’s surprising what happily grows under the delicate fern leaves of the Bronze Fennel. It is not full height yet. It’s a bit warmer now, so, it will put on a spurt.
Calendulas are quite hardy and they don’t seem to be fussy about what kind of ground they grow in. These have some re-sited Violas among them. I do throw a bit of compost in this direction every now and then. I’m not sure if the replanted fancy rocket behind the planter will settle. The petunias in the pot were planted yesterday.
Allium are growing vigorously this year and have quite a few buds. There’s a couple of bunches by the Primula Candelabra, (the tall creamy flowering plants). The Alliums are quite aggressive and have been pushing up and around the settled Primulas. Sadly, a low lying double-flowered Primula was well and truly killed off by their growing antics. You can see what is left of one newly re-planted small Primula with a Viola for company, which did keep going, though it was obviously struggling. I pulled up some Alliums to give space and light back to the other plants.
A few of the miscreant Alliums have been plonked into this bund that hubby has developed. Their root network will be ideal for it assuming they take root. Even so, I reckon there will have to be regular culls. Bluebell type flowers, (below) which are currently flowering would add to the root strength, they seem to behave in a similar way.
I was a bit nervous of clearing out the weeds between the Euphorbia and the Lupins, I wore heavy duty gloves for this job. If any Euphorbia sap gets onto your skin, the skin will become light sensitive and can blister. This is one plant from which you don’t want to accidentally break anything. It’s not ideal to have a top which keeps parting from your trousers, however well you think you’ve tucked everything in!
Those are Busy Lizzie’s peeking out from the amphora.
Gardening is never done; there’s still more to do. A bit of grass clearing should do the trick here. There are some other Weigelas that would appreciate a similar manicure.
One for emptying. I’ve not had much success in this planter. I’ll have to think about how to use it.