Gardeners' World Web User
28/09/2007 at 13:23
I have hanging baskets and planters because I can't get "down and dirty" any more due to arthritis. At least I can get down, but getting up again is a totally different matter. The borders now do their own thing. The orange double daylilies, once occupying a corner of one bed, have multiplied and taken over half the bed. The daffodils come up in spring, and once finished the daylilies start to re-emerge. I weed that part then forget about it for the rest of the year until they die back. Weeds don't stand a chance against those flowerbed thugs. A quick hoeing over the top when they die down, and I can forget about it.
This end has forsythias underplanted with cyclamens and miniature bulbs. They've been there for 40 years, and one has died, so I am going to cut them down, and fill the border up with other weed suppressing stuff. The border the other side is filled with flowering shrubs which have intermingled making a dense hedge. The birds love it, and weeding is minimal.
The top corner has a huge Lavatera. It fell over last year under the weight of the flowers. I asked my grandson to stand it up and stake it again, but he forgot. I thought it would die, but it filled the corner up with purple blooms over 8 feet high, and with a spread of about 7 feet. There is no way it can fall down any lower so I am leaving it there. The tubs and planters mean I can have flowers and weed them with ease.
My vegetables are in raised beds too, so I can still grow my own. I haven't the strength to dig the garden. 40+ years of digging in compost, straw,manure etc. has made no difference. It still goes from baked brick to a swamp in a matter of hours. Dig down 2 feet and you hit yellow clay. Ugh!