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New drive border ready for spring.

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If you’ve been following the drive saga you may be interested to see how it is looking now.
If you don’t know the saga its quite straight forward. Hubby wanted a wider drive and after 17yrs I have finally given in and after a lot of digging out, shovelling, concrete mixing, grass removal, soil digging and soil improving I now have a new 2ft wide 11m long border.

I planted up with tete et tete, viola, iris pixie, pink and blue Primula and pink fondant hyacinths. The bulbs will be allowed to die back and I will ditch the Primula for annual bedding in the summer.

I say I will ditch the Primula but I am terrible for keeping plants and ‘saving them’

Lower back is still tender but when I walk past these flowers it makes me smile.

Quite a simple planting but the neighbour likes it.

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That's a pretty border ..
I hope your lower back is painless soon !

14 Mar, 2014

 

....and so do I. :0)

14 Mar, 2014

 

it comes and goes. Digging weeds doesn't help but the weeds don't listen :o)

14 Mar, 2014

 

Hi Sbg, that looks really good, nice and neat, have you got a nursery bed out of the way somewhere, that you could put the primula's to bulk up for next year?, it would be a shame to just dump them, Derek.

14 Mar, 2014

 

Hi again, another example of what Steragram wrote a blog about the other day, I read this, commented, and forgot to like, now remedied, Derek.

14 Mar, 2014

 

I overwinter and 'save' lots of plants Derek, it drives my OH mad. so I may not have the space but come June I will have to see. The fruit cage is a nursery space as is the back path, hard standing where the wendy-house used to be. And if OH doesn't notice down by the side of his workshop :o)

14 Mar, 2014

 

thanks Derek. I often forget to like if a write a comment. but I like if I don't get to write the comment.

14 Mar, 2014

 

So colourful, I love having a new bed to plant up. I cant throw any plants away either. Look after your back, so frustrating isnt it when you cant even bend to put your socks on.

14 Mar, 2014

 

I bet you don't drive the car up /down kerbs snoop :o) think of the edge of the lawn like a kerb :o))

14 Mar, 2014

 

Very pretty SBG. I can't bear to throw things out if they are still alive either so the look of the garden suffers.

Thanks for the reminder Derek, I forgot again...

Suggest she does the edges with edging shears first Snoop, and then you can see where you're going.

15 Mar, 2014

 

Maybe you want a particular bedding scheme but I just cut back the primulas and plant around them, they cover the bare soil and provide a backdrop for the bedding......they also seed themselves and cut down on the kneeling and weeding.....i need to look for labour saving ideas......

15 Mar, 2014

 

I never lift the primulas, always plant around them, they like being in the ground and grow and grow, always think the second year they look better because they have multiplied. Border looks really good I cut the grass so I never chop over the edge, only a man would do that, sorry men. lol. oops bet that has caused a few raised eyebrows. lol.

It is looking good seaburngirl lovely colours :O)

15 Mar, 2014

 

That all looks really pretty SBG, no wonder your neighbour likes it.
I also try to keep my primulas in the ground, although I must admit the slugs/snails seem to get more benefit from them later on than I do :0

15 Mar, 2014

 

the plan is to keep to summer and winter annual bedding so I can 'ring the changes'. I have some lovely prims that have been left in situ for years. just don't know where I'd move these too.

I was tempted to do P. denticulate down the drive aka my mum's garden but they would soon take over.

15 Mar, 2014

 

lol Snoopdog I know I am :O)))

15 Mar, 2014

 

Snoop I wasn't implying you were a bad mower driver!
It was the only solution I could think of.
No problem with denticulata taking over here SBG - can't get it to do anything at all.In fact I think my one plant has disappeared.

15 Mar, 2014

 

I can send you some if you want stera. they are the plain lilac one. pm me with your address if you want some.

16 Mar, 2014

 

I would love to try again SBG, thank you very much.- PM on its way.

Oooh Snoop you naughty man.... :))

16 Mar, 2014

 

Pretty! :-))

19 Mar, 2014

 

the hyacinth are starting to open now :o)

19 Mar, 2014

 

A simple planting it may well be but oft-times they can also be the most effective - as you've shown with yours!

20 Mar, 2014

 

Thankyou Balcony.
I'll add another to my photos now the daffs are opening too.

21 Mar, 2014

 

Lovely planting SB it would make me smile every time I walked past;0)

2 Apr, 2014

 

SBG the primulas have settled in and the flower stems are lengthening nicely.

2 Apr, 2014

 

glad they are happy with you Stera.

3 Apr, 2014

 

well the Primula never did get taken out and they have all survived and are re-flowering.
if the weather is decent tomorrow I will take a photo to show you. The bulbs are showing too as are self sown poached egg plants.

31 Jan, 2015

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