I have been feeling quite overwhelmed in the garden lately, what with the weird weather watering the weeds and making it less appealing to garden. Hence the radio silence on SOS. But two things happened this week to inspire me to make a fresh start.
The first was visiting the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and being totally wowed by the show gardens including Tom Stuart-Smith’s gorgeous Mediterranean planting, Will William’s garden for Viking based on the Scandinavian ‘Friluftsliv’ lifestyle and Jamie Butterworth’s garden for a green future.
The second was finally conceding I needed some help in the garden with three demanding kids, a crazy cockapoo and a non-gardening husband. So I called on the services of an amazing all-female local gardening company and they came yesterday and weeded and pruned so that it will be a pleasure to be back in the borders.
This week’s Six, joining in with The Propagator and his fabulous weekly meme, show quite a bit of empty space – all the better to fit in all those lovely flowers I saw at Hampton Court!
1. Underneath the Cornus
The Cornus in the background provides a useful screen from our (very nice) neighbour but it has got completely unwieldy. Now it has been trimmed right back to reveal persicaria, Symphyotrichum ‘Little Carlow’, Gaura lindheimeri and Carex in the background as well as some Gladiolus byzantinus.
2. A pocket in the long border
This border closest to the house is still pretty full. But now I have a little pocket for planting behind the Fatsia japonica and the Lady of Shalott rose and I have the perfect peony to put there.
3. Astrantia revealed
This lovely astrantia from Marchants Hardy Plants had got lost under a cloud of ragwort. Now this bed has been edited right back so its only companions are some biennial honesty.
This is another area that had got completely overgrown and now I can see the pulmonaria I brought from Charleston farmhouse where I used to volunteer. It looks like it has been enjoying the cool damp weather. And look at the lovely edge the ladies have put on our lawn.
5. New rose and mint
I was given this Sweet Honey rose earlier this year and it looks sweet indeed next to the mint. Plus another pocket to plant in!
6. Hedgehog hole
When we got our puppy back in January we closed up the holes in the fence so he couldn’t get out. Our neighbour has asked us to open this one up again for hedgehogs to get through, but I couldn’t find it beneath all the undergrowth. Now I can see it again to open up a hedgehog passage.
Now to get planting in the hope that I can one day achieve something like this…