Wow yes they do look super. Be glad you have no snow so at least this work could be done. Ah and do take a cold preventive hot drink, would not want you to get sick after having moped around with heavy bags in a wet sweater.
Weeds are nature's revolution against the government of the gardener.
It all looks very nice Andy, and I expect it will save time on the weeding come the spring.
The plants look remarkably well too in spite of the cold, but I suppose that the chippings shield the roots from the worst of the weather.(?)
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Well, there's a lot of penstemons which seem to be doing ok along with some Guara and salvia....all which are fairly tender. The slate chippings will actually do very little in way of protecting roots as the chippings themselves get very cold.
Well chuffed with it and the boss has agreed to extend the chippings to other areas after xmas ;D
We're concentrating our efforts at getting one of then entrances looking good. The beds have been stripped where needed and will be planted up next autumn...or earlier if i can persuade the boss.
The green area will obviously be turfed next week. The red arrow shows the trunk of a huge lime tree and then orange arrow shows a similarly huge leylandi....these are my biggest hastles due to shade, drought and nutrients
A few more
This one shows a large newly planted magnolia grandiflora given to us by a member of the public. It took 6 of us to DRAG it into position
Looking from the entrance gate. the yellow box shows a stunning strawberry tree whilst the blue area shows the shrubs that will be coming out before the eleagnus at the back of the shrubbery is tidied up a bit and then new herbaceous such as lupins, delphs, campanula and holyhocks will be planted
It's lovely to see work in progress and forward plan. Living fairly close to where you work gives me a sneak preview of things to come. I like the sound of the proposed perrennial bed - all my favourite plants
I've got so many things going on at work at the moment that it's hard to find time to breathe !!!! here's a list of things ongoing.
Tomorrow (wednesday) i have my 2 volunteers who will begin planting the first of over 300 new plants which are in the nursery. I also have a colleague coming over to prepare some areas for turfing. If that wasn't enough, i now have 8 community payback people from the probabtion service coming over to do whatever i want them to....so they'll be stripping out the old shrubs in the blue area in the above photo. Some will also be removing a large patch of unwanted day lillies and some raking leaves.
Yesterday, a local company came and removed the pump after it was damaged by a fire 4 years ago. Once up and running, the waterfall will be restored back to its former glory.
We're also writing out draft copies so we can add some permenant plant information signs to the garden. We've highlighted about a dozen specimen trees and shrubs (tulip tree, handkercheif tree, japanese maples, judas tree, strawberry tree, foxglove tree etc etc) which will have proper A4 size info on the plant and its cultivation, plus another 20 or so at half A4 size that will just have a few basic details and then the rest will have just the plant name, family, cultivar and origin on.
And then to top it all, my pond has been leaking for the past 10 years....possibly caused by the large willow roots which might have gone through the sides. However, as the pond is topped up from one of Brighton's underground Artesian wells and not mains water....it's cheaper to top up then re-fibreglass. Anyway, the boss wants to seriously look at redoing it this year....it's a serious job and involves a lot of planning.
edit...forgot to say that the boss (whom i'm actually falling in love with...in a manly way !!!) has just ordered another 200 bags of slate chippings to finnish putting on the beds
Today was probably the best day at work ive had for 10 years.
Firstly, i took delivery of 260 m2 of premier turf to turf over a few small areas, the bare gully along the front fence of the garden and a reasonable sized area by the entrance gates. I had two work colleagues with me all day to help with this.
Then i had 9 members of the community payback scheme to do what i want with. Some of them continued to rip out an old shrubbery that i will be planting up this summer. Some took down a huge pinus mugo and blue spruce that were planted in the wrong place many years ago and a couple helped move a huge pile of logs from a recently cut down silver birch.
On top of that, my two lady volunteers put an edge on a newly seeded bed and planted some herbaceous for me.
And me....well i kinda drifted between all this activity keeping them happy and helping here and there.
I'll get some photos but when i stood back and looked at what had been done today, it was one of the nicest feelings you can get.
Edit...and the weather was gorgeous...almost (but not quite) t-shirt weather ;D
My two lady volunteers put a nice edge on this bed yesterday just to finnish it off. They've planted..... 6 Kolkwitzia amabilis 6 Choisya sundance 10 geranium johnsons blue 5 geranium white 10 euphorbia wulfenii 10 alchemilla mollis 10 sedum spectabalie 10 salvia superba.
Area cleared ready for planting
Front gully turfed right up to the fence now
Turfed area. We got absolutely drenched finnishing this off today
It's looking great Andy, will definitely make a point of coming to see it for real this year. I had a conversation with OH the other evening about this thread, I said I'd never been to the rock gardens, he said I must have been, but I haven't, only the rose garden. I think he might even come with me as it's been years since he's been.