Posted: 27/09/2016 at 11:33
Did I tell you that OH pulled up all the white cosmos from the new Sunny Bed yesterday? Now we can see the tall beautiful grasses properly, along with the Rudbeckia Goldsturm, Aster Little Carlow and Salvia Wendy's Wish. The Geranium Rozanne is having a second flush after having been chopped back, and the Ceratostigma wilmottianum Forest Blue is putting on a good show, having been rescued from the 'nearly dead' shelf this time last year.
Having this new bed where I can have lovely rich colours has changed what I need from the Shady Bank - I'm going to take some of the strugglers out and replace them with ferns and Alchemilla mollis - that way I can cut the Alchemilla back at this time of year and let the Cyclamen hederifolium really show off. At the moment a lot of them are hidden by stuff that doesn't really earn its keep at any time of year.
However, what the Shady Bank does need is some formal verticals - there's a high fence (8 ft plus) behind it and we're in a bit of a valley anyway, so for most of the year it gets no sun at all. The fence is covered with Clematis alpinas and honeysuckles. What the bed needs is some structure up to about 5 ft tall. Any ideas folks? I might have to do a thread with photos, but that'll be later ... got stuff to do this morning ...