and the livin’ is easy…
Back in Cornwall for this week’s six and after a week away in nearby Somerset most of my week has been spent in the garden, weeding and pulling out the FMNs, visiting a nursery for compost for the tomatoes and peppers, and potting up some summer annuals. The weather has been warm with some rain mostly through the early hours, though I have still had to take the hose to the containers.
1) Star of the garden this week has to be the lovely Clematis Nelly Moser. I gave her a light prune in the autumn, back to a good pair of buds, and then let her wind her way through the Chilean Lantern tree. Not the best colour combination I must admit, but both were here before me. There must be at least 35 buds on this clematis this year.
2) And of course the tree in question must feature, looking the best it has been in the five years I have lived here. Crinodendron hookerianum, known as the Chilean lantern tree looks quite exotic. It loves humidity and shade so this corner of the Woodland Border suits it well, especially since I lifted the crown of the Goat Willow trees under which it grows.
3) More plants which have excelled this week are these Lupins. Remember those free plants from a couple of years ago which mostly got eaten by the S&S? Well the survivors are taking over now! Bees love them, so they will stay.
4) Another plant which has gone mad is this Nepeta JUNIOR WALKER ‘Novanepjun’ which is supposed to be compact growing to 0.4 height x 0.4 spread. It is in the dappled shade border and has spread to over 1m. Again the bees are loving it, but at the end of the flowering period I am going to have to split this, though where I put any divisions is anyone’s guess!
5) Rosa Fighting Temeraire has opened and is looking good. Lots of buds. I love the change of colours in this rather loose rose, the peachy/apricot-pink and yellow around the stamens emerge from a deep pink bud. Gertrude Jekyll is also flowering and my red patio rose, but I’ll show you those another week.
6) And now for a new plant. This alpine is a dwarf snapdragon, Chaenorhinum origanifolium ‘Blue Dream’. It is smothered in small purple snapdragon flowers and supposedly hardy. Another flower for the bees.
It will be planted in my new gravel area – you can see the cardboard is down to kill off the grass in the header photo. This area will not have any weed membrane, but will be planted with grasses and perennials and some annuals, that will hopefully self-seed, before being mulched with pebbles. I have decided to leave a very small patch of lawn around the rotary dryer – for the daisies of course – and some bare-foot walking.
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