Two months? Yup, the proverbial bad penny has returned again after another break. As I return, something is going so let’s start with that.
1 Goodbye Leylandii
Fifteen metres long plus a two metre end and four metres high. Behind the front edge there’s a metre and a half deep strip of potential planting space.
By the time you read this post there’ll be less leylandii. Maybe none of it if you stayed late in bed. Two of us with chainsaws and a third to carry the choppings to a trailer. We hope that with an 8am start, we’ll have it all gone by early afternoon. Then we’ll erect a fence but not as you know it, Gill! A fence whose bottom will be half a metre above ground. Eh, you may well surmise!
But there is madness in my method. I’m a glutton for punishment. Though my back isn’t. So to save a bit of bending, the gap left by that half-metre of missing fence will be filled by the back-side of a half-metre tall edifice 3. About a metre and a half from front to back and about twelve from end to end. Think of all that lovely planting space. My planting list will probably fill it twice over. That’s if my back is still working after shovelling an estimated 12 tonnes of topsoil into it. I like a challenge. Well, I could always just make it a metre from front to back. Or fill it gradually through the autumn and winter, ready for spring planting.
Don’t worry, the bit of fence that isn’t covered by Edifice 3 will be down to ground. Except for a hedgehog hole that is.
And by the start of our 9am coffee break, my six was down to five-and-a-half. Early birds we are!
2 Talking about Edifices
Edifice 2, as it’s become known, has filled up nicely, giving me continuous colour for months. The irrigation system served well through that little warm spell we had (most of which I spent doing very little), far better than lugging watering cans around.
Though planting a couple of Erigeron karvinskianus (you may notice a theme here as I graduate from “the bottom” of a fence and a “back-side” of edifice 3). Something to meander gently through the planting to deliver colour as the spring-flowering alpines went over. Yeah! Well! Just two plants took over almost all of one of the two alpine beds and then staged an invasion of the second. Something tells me they’ll have to go. Shame as they’re pretty little flowers but …..
3 It Aster Be Symphiotrichum
This used to be Aster season but it’s now Symphiotrichum season. Those in Edifice 2 are still only in bud but a couple in Edifice 1 are now flowering nicely. There are labels in there somewhere behind the foliage. But I can’t see them so you get Symph1 and Symph2 and have to like it.
We Welsh roll our “Rs” (it’s a theme thing, you know). Which makes the name of these plants sound different. These two are (I was told) a new type so I thought I’d try them out. Smaller than the traditional types but more bushy. Nice. Now if only I hadn’t lost the label, I’d be able to get some more next year. Some Snapdragons are hardy but I don’t know if these are. Still, I’ll lift them before the frosts and see if I can get them through the winter in the greenhouse.
I have nine of these. Only one has flowered. The others show no signs of anything other than leaves. Bummer! This one is Twister.
I have a Black Hamburg (or Hamburgh if you prefer) grape vine. Unlike the one at Hampton Court, whose roots are outside and everything else inside, mine is totally outdoors. I don’t grow it for grapes but, rather, to provide dappled shade from the early morning sun which would otherwise blind anyone taking breakfast in the breakfast room here. It does produce a few small grapes each year which the blackbirds usually take before they ripen. But this year, I guess because of the hot summer, I have piles. (Yay, I made my six with a derriere-related mention in each.)
Sixteen bunches of grapes in total, plus a few small “groupings” that don’t count as bunches, ripening nicely.
And the blackbirds don’t seem to be bothering with them. Hooray.
Well that’s my returning six. If you have a mind, pop over to the blog of our glorious leader, Mr Propagator, for links to the growing international horde of “Sixers”. Even better, join in and give us your best garden six-pack of the week.
I’ll finish with a bonus, just for Granny – two hardy geraniums. Flowers have long gone but the foliage is still growing strongly.
Till next time, enjoy your garden.