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Sorting out the Borders


Once the rain had stopped I thought I should get out and do some border sorting, before we get the deluge they forecast for this Easter weekend. Yes, it’s Bank Holiday: James Bond? bound to be on at some point; Rain? Yes, lots!

Anyway, having already planted up a new border at the back:

It does look better in real life (despite the weedy grass I still can’t get out grrr!) and will look better once it all fills out. There are roses, geum, delphiniums, foxgloves and Liatris in here, as well as seeds: alyssum, nigella, poppies, cosmos that I hope will grow well and fill the gaps between the shrubs.

I found some bargains in Morrisons £1.99 each for: ceanothus repens, cistus sunset, choisya sundance, lonicera baggesons gold and then found the enthusiasm to tackle the front border.
It was once full of lovely plants but I let my aquilegia’s take over a bit too much!

Lots of digging and potting up spare aquilegias later:

I also planted up a Kaffir lily given to me by my mum and planted some pink and white liatris bulbs that were really cheap from Wilkos!

This was going to be my cottage border but it’s taken me three years and lots of learning from GoY, that it just doesn’t get enough sun. Hopefully these shrubs will do the trick and I’ll just have to extend the border on the other side for sunny cottage plants!

Whilst raking the soil I noticed this little guy so picked him up and popped him on the fence out of the way of the spade but where he could get to next door’s pond. I think it’s a newt, the first time I’ve ever come across one. I was so relieved I hadn’t hurt him

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ooh hes a cutey, my hubby would love him hes wildliffe mad
byt we have a chameleon and to geckos they are more than enough
x x
Happy Easter

9 Apr, 2009


The newt is cute. :o)

9 Apr, 2009


He,s a lucky fella with all that work going on he could have been transplanted any where...........

9 Apr, 2009


Great shot of the cewt newt. Well done on all your hard work too, though I wasn't aware you could have too many aquilegias... lol

9 Apr, 2009


You're making good progress.
Glad you showed the cute newt the route to safety :o)

10 Apr, 2009


Agree with Weeding - never too much of a good thing!

10 Apr, 2009


Love the newt

10 Apr, 2009


Newt is cute. but there are lots of herbaceaous plants that will do well in semi shade and still give you a cottagey feel.
do you like daylilies? i have lots of them in semi shade as well as paeony rubra, achillea, geranium, crocosmia, brunnera to name just a few.

10 Apr, 2009


Thanks for all your lovely comments, you're right about never having too many! I'm moving the spares to the back in the hope that they'll take over there too and give me some weeding respite!
Seaburngirl thanks for the tips there I will keep an eye out for those. I'm not sure what a daylilly is although I've heard my mum mention them. I'll have a google for those too, thanks again.

wow Mookins, I'd be shocked to find any of those in the back garden! Lol! I think lizards are great. We saw some in Ventnor when we went to the Isle of Wight last summer, they have loads running around wild. It was amazing!

10 Apr, 2009

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