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A beautiful sunny February day!

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Well I’m not sure how the weather was with all you GOYers today….
but here in Edinburgh it was an absolutely gorgeous spring day and according to the radio it was 10 degrees – I was not in the mood to do much turf lifting today nor was the thought of power washing the decking or the paths making me jump for joy!!
I know that these task will have to be done sooner or later but for today – I thought I would get round to a little planting. Most of my xmas vouchers are now spent – mainly on shrubs but there are a few other little beauties just waiting to get into the ground.
I have a couple of little redundant gravel areas directly outside the back door – I never really thought much about doing anything with them – other than possibly growing a climber or two.
Having always admired climbing hydrangeas (Hydrangea petiolaris) – I couldn’t resist when I saw them on the shelf in B&Q the other day. I’m hoping that this will frame the back door nicely and eventually spread round to the shadier side of the back wall.

She doesn’t look much at the moment but I’m confident she will not disappoint :)

I decided to plant this spreading Cotoneaster dammeri to spread out and grow over the gravel. I will be happy for this to spread out onto the path and with a little coaxing it should spread around under the over hang of the step and just generally make the brickwork at bit more attractive!

Cotoneaster Dammeri – I just love the contrast of the red stems and the dark green leaves.

One plant I know looks well planted in gravel is Ophiopogon – this was earmarked for elsewhere in the garden but as we know – things don’t alway work out like that!

This little Heuchera Electra was looking rather sorry for itself in the GC – was just needing a little tlc and a bit of water. It didn’t waste anytime on putting on some lovely new growth.

Heuchera ‘Electra’ – new foliage looking great!

All finished and with a couple of rocks placed on the gravel – I’m looking foward to seeing this fill out in the summer.

Thank you for reading :)

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It looks nice now. You've added some interest to the area. I hope your plants settle in and give a good show :o)

15 Feb, 2012

 

Great planting and pics.. !
I enjoyed your blog :o)
Adding to GoYpedia.

15 Feb, 2012

 

What a pleasurable day you have had. Better than jet washing or turf lifting and I bet you feel great for getting these lovely plants in. They look so nice in the gravel and as they grow they will add a lovely touch to this area.

15 Feb, 2012

 

looking very good scottish, i like the plants you chose.

15 Feb, 2012

 

Lovely day all the way down south as well scottish, but your right it was a day to do things you enjoy, I think we deserve it after being trapped indoors.
Your plants look great & if the weather keeps up they will be up & away in no time.

15 Feb, 2012

 

Some nice plants Scottish..pleased you could get out in the garden for a while..i was in mine this afternoon for an hour or so..weather was quite mild. :o)

15 Feb, 2012

 

That works very well, Scottish. It will fill out nicely and be much more attractive than the gravel.

15 Feb, 2012

 

Thanks for the blog, you have made a very nice area with some lovely plants.

15 Feb, 2012

 

That will look a treat as they fill out, I like your choices Scottish. I also managed a few hours outside today, it really cheered me up...

15 Feb, 2012

 

Thank you all for your nice words. Have an identical space at the other side to do. Although I hope to do something different just haven't decided yet!!

15 Feb, 2012

 

Nice choice of plants there. They look great Scottish and will look even better when they've grown a bit. It's been a lovely day here in Sunderland and, seeing I'm on annual leave for three days, I've spent most of today 'tidying up' in the garden (well it might be too cold or wet tomorrow)

15 Feb, 2012

 

You spent the day wisely scottish great plants there going to look great very clever choise.

15 Feb, 2012

 

Great pics henny..love the Oliphotogn or whatever haha :)

16 Feb, 2012

 

Yes beutiful weather - supposed to be a temp colder spell then back to mild next week - and time is moving on now into spring. Your plants are the types I have - cotoneasters are a big fav of mine - love the black grasses and we have Tiarella like your heuchera - the jeepers creepers tiarella. The rocks and pebbles really add lots to it all :)))))))

16 Feb, 2012

 

Thanks Sheila...hope it was nice for you again today. Was not too bad here - rain kept threatening but so far has came to nothing. I see your leave is spent pretty much the same as mine :)
Cheers Kev, pleased you approve :)
Pixi - I call it the black opi doh dah!! I think all plant labels should come with a pronounciation bit like you get in a dictionary :)
Paul - yes time is moving on and spring is getting nearer. Someone at work told me to expect snow Sunday/Monday - what's your take on that?

16 Feb, 2012

 

Excellent choices there Scottish...and I love the Cotoneaster, am a real -real foliage lover...and this is a cracker...Well done, will look forward to your pics later on in the year...

17 Feb, 2012

 

Yes they should! lolol :)

17 Feb, 2012

 

Thanks Crissue - more to come!! How's your weather now?

We should start a campaign Pixi!!

17 Feb, 2012

 

Hi Scottish,

It's cold, but dry, the Frost/Snow has gone, and I'm looking at flattened Plants, just beginning to lift their heads again...lot of scorch on some shrubs, but I'll do nothing till I'm sure the weather has turned the corner for the positive...

18 Feb, 2012

 

Gravel garden looking lovely. And Hydrangea petiolaris is one of my all time favourites . . . pretty at any time of year, so great choice!

29 Feb, 2012

 

Crissue - I'm sure things have improved by now - I don't know how I managed to miss your reply :)

Sheilabub - I've been after one since my brother moved into his new house - his neighbour has an absolutely stunnning one. I'll be please to post an update in a few months :)

29 Feb, 2012

 

Hi Scottish...No probs..only just come back to this, time races along...
Weather now is milder, and we are enjoying one or two sunny days, but still low temps at night and early morning so still guarded, and still doing nothing till the weather changes for the better...Gives everything a chance to pick up by themself...Had a peep under the straw earlier this week, lots of life underneath> so pleased with that...

1 Mar, 2012

 

I did take your advice Crissue and put a few things under straw - I have had a wee peep too - all looks well :)

1 Mar, 2012

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