Posted: 01/05/2012 at 15:30
Oh gorgeous Kate!
Sorry about hogging the sun all day, it's been perfect gardening weather and I've just come in from a whole day's digging. All the raspberry roots appear to be gone from my sun border but I discovered a new problem.
My very mature Pampas grass is rotten to the core! I have to admit to being a little lazy about the management of this beast over the years, it just kept growing and I left it to take up a good few feet because although its base is ugly, I always adore its gorgeous plumes that I watch from my kitchen window all winter long. I know its spring because the birds strip the plumes clean for their nests
Now, what to do about it...I started digging around in the centre and the whole thing is falling apart with rot (amazing compost!) so its coming out...by hand...by me...all alone...oh dear. I may be some time.
So, my 19ft full sun border that incorporated a huge pampas grass at one end will end up an even bigger border to plant up. But what a brilliant spot to build an arbor with climbers.
Oh my, it might take about three or four years to establish but a long term project that will end very well.
I will sorely miss those giant feathery plumes though.