And for most plants too.
My house is 4 miles inland with a large hill sheltering it from onshore winds. Salt spray is obviously not a normal problem, as when we arrived all the mature evergreens were well grown with healthy shiny leaves.
Then we had storm Imogen…
Nearly every evergreen has been burned by the salt, from the primroses in the lawn to the native ivy growing up the ash tree. It is such a shame. The affected plants won’t die, hopefully, but they will shed all the damaged leaves, and will look bare and lopsided. I will work my way round cutting them back, and hopefully they will regrow from lower down. Some may never look as good as they did before the storm.
On a brighter note, the rain has stopped, and the soil is drying out. I have finally been able to do some creative gardening, rather than just destructive gardening. I planted my two newest hellebores by the woodland path. This one is a Hillier hybrid just called White Spotted.
This one is unusual in that it is most attractive on the outside, which is a very useful trait in a nodding flower such as a hellebore. It is ‘Anja Oudolf’.
They don’t yet look very impressive in the border, but they should clump up over time.
Today I dug a new border along the fence that separates our front garden from next door’s driveway. Just a narrow bed, about 3 metres long. Should have been easy, right? I got six half-buckets of stones out of that small bed! (Half a bucket is quite heavy enough to carry in one go). They weren’t all small stones either, as I levered out a good half dozen that were bigger than a brick. Eventually I did manage to get the plants in – a Berberidopsis which will have red summer flowers, a Chaenomeles that has red flowers right now, two Skimmia ‘Red Riding Hood’ which will have red berries and a male Skimmia, ‘Fragrans’, to pollinate them.
I may add a few smaller plants for the short term, but eventually these five shrubs should completely cover this border, and provide colour all year round.
My last job of the day was to plant a little primula that I couldn’t resist buying, even though the garden is full of primulas. But this ‘Blue Gem’ is rather sweet!