I’ve made fairly good progress this week in the garden with several hours over the week. I’m still weeding and tidying, I’ll probably still be doing that in March when things start to appear again!
I’ve mainly been working on the big border by the tall fence. An overgrown philadelphus was dug up at the same time the fence wentup and of course as soon as you disturb all the soil, weeds appear from no where, so it’s been a bit of a battle which is not won yet! This was the bed last week…
…and after several hours it does look better, still a lot to do though but a satisfying amount of weed roots came up!
I’ll keep working my way round this bed as at the other end is my priority for the spring, just look at all that couch grass! I’m going to lift as many plants as I can and give the area a fresh start, doing my best around the shrubs. The osmanthus on the right of the photo is still filling the garden with scent from its little unassuming flowers.
I put some pansies in in the spring and they have been quietly flowering ever since, I love the colours of this one.
The penstemon by the conservatory is still covered in flowers too…
I was surprised today to see the flower buds on the magnolia stellata are already formed, they will get a lot bigger before they flower in the spring but they are there. I presume the reason they have such a leathery covering is to protect them over winter.
There’s a nice little autumn display in the Amber & Amethyst garden at the moment with a bright yellow rudbekia and the golden beech behind.
Hopefully in another weeks time I’ll have some roses to plant and more tidying up done!