We bid adieu to Wednesday Gardening Group June 03 2015
I think there’s such a thing as the ultimate weather for gardening and today I think we found it. It’s been raining the past few days so the ground was lovely and soft, the sun was shining and a soft breeze was blowing, a contrast to the gales of the last few days.
It was the last session of Wednesday gardening club today, next week we’ll round off with a shared lunch together then that’s it! It’s been such a lovely thing to get involved with. A fantastic group of people and a great opportunity to get out in the garden for a few hours each week and learn about what needs doing.
Here we are going for a wander round the garden before we got stuck in to our tasks:
This afternoon we split into two groups to focus on two key areas of the garden. The landscaped beds near the garden room and the vegetable patch.
You’ll remember that we removed the Phormium a few weeks ago (the week so aptly described by Kate as snailageddon) leaving a huge space which today was planted up with some beautiful things.
The theme was pink and purple, this south facing bed gets a lot of sunlight so will look amazing.
Many of the shrubs we planted (*below) can be cut back in spring and will produce really good purple leaves, here’s a list of them:
- Sambucus nigra Black Lace*
- Salix Nancy Saunders*
- Lavatera maritima (Also known as Malva Maritima)
- Rosa 'Geoff Hamilton'
- Rosa 'Comte de Chambord'
- Tamarix tetrandra
- Cotinus coggygria 'Grace'*
A few perennials were added too:
- Festuca glauca
- Hollyhock 'Crème de Cassis'
- Geranium sanguineum ‘Album’
- Dahlia 'Rip City'
And finally some annuals to fill the gaps in between:
It’s going to be a showstopper.
Meanwhile at the other end of the garden we were working hard to get the vegetable patch looking tip top.
Much of the red mustard and some of the brassicas had gone to flower so we cut off the tops of those and tidied them up then staked up the broad beans that had taken a battering from the wind.
We planted out a crimson variety of broad beans which you can see Kate holding in their former pot
below and some beautiful tree spinach which looked as though it had been sprayed with colour. And finally a couple of the pumpkins went into the bed too.
Green and purple are such a match made in heaven.
We also did a lot of weeding of the vegetable bed which was extremely relaxing (ie. my favourite kind of gardening). It was as though I’d been on a mindfulness course and I felt very zen by the end of it. The ground was so soft that the weeds came out easily by the entire roots and we managed to cover loads of ground.
A wonderful day’s achievements made the perfect end to our course.
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