Just an attempt to get back into the swing of things a bit, after a very long blogging break.
April was dryish, but not nearly as dry as late March/April last year when we went over 41 days without rain. Now we are having wonderful rain, regularly. A real pleasure since I’ve just planted a new border and am (as we all are) furiously sowing seed before it’s too late.
So – from a coldish but well-watered garden in Lorraine, here are my six:
1. Ivy on the walls. It’s a plague. Fortunately this spring the BV decided to tackle it in a much more determined way than I ever have in the past – the walls look (a comment by our neighbour) ‘comme neuf’. I took a little bow on his part.
2. Lawnmower and new small garden shed. Since we are finally starting to garden in the orchard, we recently purchased a new petrol lawnmower and a little metal lock-up for it. The strimming was a noisy pain in the neck and left us with huge bald patches into which prolific dandelions have sown.
3. The ‘Cox’s Orange Pippin’ espaliers are looking really pretty and flowering was not damaged by frost. They aren’t the most elegantly trained apples you’ve ever seen, but I take pride in the fact that I grafted them myself (even if I did use the wrong rootstock) and have (however inexpertly) pruned and tied them in over since they were planted in 2015. Underneath the pheasant’s eye narcissus (N. poeticus ‘Recurvus’) are looking rather pretty.
4. Peonia suffruticosa subsp. rockii. Now this is really exciting! I’m going to ignore the sad death of Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’ in another corner of the garden and celibrate this, purchased in March at a newly discovered – and decent – garden centre called ‘Botanic’, which is only an hour from our house. First chance I’ve had to buy plants anything but online.
5. Denman’s forget-me-nots. My husband gathered the seed from a car park just over the wall from John Brooke’s old garden in West Sussex. So we now have a little waft of freshness from England.
6. My new borders in the orchard. Now completely planted. The cherries (‘Tai-Haku’) were planted in 2013. The bed on the right, looking from the house (where the espaliered ‘Cox’s Pippins’ and forget-me-knots are) was mostly completed last spring.
The bed on the left during April this year. Although Stipa gigantea grows easily inn our garden, I find that transplants often don’t take root very well – I think I’m too greedy and cut the clumps up into portions that are too small. Most are still surviving with all the lovely rain. I’m hoping the gardener’s paths will disappear when everything has grown up properly.
The borders should (with luck!) turn into prairie-style plantings, a la Piet Oudulf.
Have a wonderful week and don’t forget to go over and inspect the SoS offerings on our gracious host’s blog at The Propagator!