It all started when Grenville and Alan came to visit!
When Grenville and Alan were looking round my garden, Grenville noticed my Campanula glomerata plants. There are rather a lot of them – they do spread! I tried to dig some up for him but the soil was too hard and I only managed to get some small pieces. I promised to pot up a clump for him. So I went to look for an area where I could dig some up.
Oh dear – this part of the border did look a bit of a mess! The C.glomerata had seeded themselves and spread amongst several Centaurea montana plants. These are pretty, but they spread too and you can have too many, especially when they flop all over everything else!
I managed to dig up a good clump of C.glomerata for Grenville – but it was very difficult because this area has not been dug since we came here. So I potted up the plant while I decided what to do next.
I didn’t take long to decide. The border had to be re-vamped. Out came the trug, fork, trowel, small rake, bucket for stones and wheel barrow to remove the debris. It took two afternoons to dig it over, remove some of the Campanulas and Centaureas, tie up the floppy ones left, and remove four buckets of stones. As usual, when I dig, I hit large lumps of blue lias stone as well as the flattish ‘beachy’ type, bits of crockery etc. I dug in two trugs of compost and chicken manure pellets before I gathered up the plants I had waiting for a home. Finally I tidied the grass edges.
In went the two Lychnis flos-cuculi ‘Jenny’ from my RHS order, as well as two Geranium cinereum ‘Ballerina’ also newly arrived from the RHS. There was a hardy Fuchsia ‘Margaret Brown’ I had been nurturing for a while, and the rest of the Penstemon plants grown from cuttings. I filled the gaps with Antirrhinums grown from seed.
And all this because I had potted up a plant for Grenville! Now I am grateful to him – the border looks so much better! I can’t wait for all the plants to flower! Thanks, Grenville!
- 26 Jun, 2008
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