The best bit of gardening

Which is, of course, planting things! I have done a lot of gardening the last few days, or so my muscles tell me, and most of it has been planting, which makes a nice change from all the destructive gardening.

 

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I love bleeding hearts, or Dicentra spectabilis. It is one of my favourite plants, and I now have two in the woodland, between the clumps of daffodils that have finished flowering, where they will add colour through to the summer. I have two of the white variety to plant as well.

 

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These dog’s tooth violets, or Erythronium ‘Pagoda’ were planted a couple of weeks ago in the Acer glade, and have already grown in size and sent up additional flowers. The clumps of leaves behind them should be bluebells, so hopefully I will get a pleasing combination of pale yellow and blue.

 

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This is one of the Acers that gives the glade it’s new name. It is ‘Bloodgood’, just coming into leaf, and should be a lovely strong specimen if it doesn’t get nibbled by anything. This little glade is just a small area in my woodland that was full of snowdrops, so I called it the snowdrop glade. But now it is looking to be also full of bluebells, so I will call it the Acer glade instead, or I shall be changing it’s name every season! There are two other Acers already planted, but they just look like twigs until the leaves emerge, so photos will have to wait.

 

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The long fenceline across the top of the garden is not the most attractive, so I am planting a succession of shrubs, well spaced out, which will be allowed to grow large and help conceal the fence. They don’t look much yet, but the front one is a Californian lilac, Ceanothus ‘Concha’, with blue flowers in late spring, and the rear one is Escallonia ‘Appleblossom’ with pinky white blooms also in late spring.

 

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Further down the garden, in deer country, I have gone for spiky plants, with a red berberis at the front and Sea buckthorn, Hippophae rhamnoides, to the rear. I hope they survive!

 

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There is a shrubbery of evergreens in the centre of the garden, and this gap between two large shrubs was crying out to be filled, so I have put in a pink camellia that was rescued from the sales area at the garden centre, and is actually a nice little plant.

 

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The deciduous shrubs around the garden are all starting to leaf, and I still don’t have a clue what most of them are! I can’t wait to see what I have, and am watching them carefully. This one is still a mystery – thick waxy little leaves, or sepals, emerging from each bud, with a little flowerhead of some sort in the middle. Ideas, anyone?

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