Posted: 06/05/2017 at 23:18
I suppose I'd better write what I came here to write, but it is with feelings of sadness.
Been gardening at the Norfolk cottage. Have moved some plants in the front bed. The Bowles Mauve has grown huge and was smothering a Nepeta and a yellow alyssum so I moved them and another plant to places where something else had died in the winter. Planted 3 Osteospermum as the one I had last year was very successful. The soil was very dry, watered it all. There are Spanish bluebells flowering in the gravel in front of the cottage walls. I think there had been beds there before the renovation.
Then I weeded the bank behind the wall and planted 14 rockery plants for well drained sunny places. The violas I planted there last autumn are in full flower so I left them. But there weren't enough plants so we went to 2 GCs, one was the big one at Bressingham, pricier than the other one, and I bought 16 more plants, that should cover it. I'm hoping the bank will become a mound of low growing spreading plants with aubretia, sedums, phlox subulata, creeping thyme and others.
The wall is about 45 inches tall and behind it is a load of rubble and earth, covered with earth, going downhill to the ditch at the edge of the farmer's field. Looked awful, covered in nettles, brambles and bindweed but I sprayed it a lot last year and cleared all the dead stuff and planted the violas in the autumn. Not a sign of brambles or bindweed now, but there were some baby nettles that I weeded out.