Another day in the garden today, the winter is upon us and finally I can say that the garden is ready for the months ahead. The last few plants have been cut back and the ground dug over
As you can see the area has transformed, when digging the ground over i had to be careful not to damage the bulbs growing just under the surface of the soil, leaving it so late to do the garden does have its problems.
This was the last part of the garden that needed to be cleared, as you can see this section needs a lot of work to make it look the way it should, most of the plants have fallen over because they were not pinned up properly when they started to grow.
The picture below shows how it should look after it has all been cut back and the soil being dug over, at the back the Campion has been removed as it had seeded and there was 50 little Campion's all trying to take over the world. There is still some there at the back but I want to limit it a little more. The Penstemon needs to be tidied up, thats work for another day.
Above it looks a little bare now it has all been cut back, Just the Arum that's still in full growth, The Sedam, Veronica and all the others cut down to the ground and ready for next year. I have more plants to fill the gaps and next year I will make sure I tie everything back properly to ensure it doesn't look such a mess. Garden's take time and do need attention.
Campion in the spring, an easy plant to grow, also in white, a wild flower here in the UK, which some people will consider to be a weed. Granted it can get out of control quickly if left as Campion seeds prolifically. Once the first flowers have finished the heads should be removed to stop the seeds and this will encourage more flowering later on. It will grow in most areas around the garden, although will need support in a windy area.
London Pride, a very old fashioned plant but very easy to grow, and has blooms of small delicate flowers on sprouts around 6 inches high. Great for ground cover as the small rosette like foliage grows out from the centre of the plant and will quickly spread. Great for areas which are not in full sun and will also grow on poor soil
The garden a few years ago, you can see next to the shed at the bottom the ground being made ready to build the greenhouse, these two pictures are great as they show the garden fully, the space i have to work with is clear to see and easy to see in relative size and dimensions. So much has changed over the years and in the next few days i will publish similar pictures to show the differences
Finally today I get the chance to plant out all the over wintering annuals, Wallflowers and Bellis being the two main plants, with a few foxgloves and evening primroses, hopefully the weather will hold out so I can get them all in.
As you can see some Wallflowers are already in and hopefully it's not to late for them to spread roots before the winter finally kicks in. Realistically they should be fine as they have already been hardened off, they just need to be planted.
Even the garden bench has trays of plants on it, shows how far behind I really am. On the bench there are Hollyhocks, Wallflowers and orange Evening Primrose, hopefully they will be in the garden by the end of next week
All he dead foliage on this picture shows that, I am so far behind. Hopefully now should be catching up.... As you can see in the picture there is a lot that needs to be done behind the Sedum, a lot of dead foliage and also just general cutting back.
Gazania"s still flowering and today will be dug up split and prepared for winter to come back outside in the late spring, the path is also in need of a clean
Another view of the Tulip from the Spring, I do not normally post two the same so close together, but today I just could not help myself when i was scrolling through the pictures on my computer, i am hoping to spend a little more time updating and putting new posts onto the site over the next few weeks. I am still behind with work in the garden and have all the planting to do before the winter finally kicks in. I am not sure if it will ever get done.
My name is Jonathan and I enjoy working in my garden in my spare time. I am no professional, just an amateur. My second love is photography, shooting the flowers in my garden and of course sharing them with people who share my passions.