|Looking into the woodland garden with the north bed on the right. |
Spot the Bracken!
The big job today was to start the woodland garden spring clean. Not long to go now until the spring clean is finished then we can get on to more exciting jobs in the gardens. I like the woodland garden at this time of year as its full of spring woodlanders doing their thing. This makes it a bit tricky to tidy round as they are flowering and delicate. To make it even harder plants are so much further forward this year, with the warm winter. After edging the grass paths it was a case of doing the same as in the rest of the garden: lifting leaves, cutting back the perennials; then forking over the beds. Everything is doing well or better than well in some cases and some plants will be needing thinned out at some point this year. A lot of woodland plants are strong growers. Many of them are natives and have to be tough to survive under trees.
|Two beds all tidied|
The north bed is only four feet wide and is due to be extended if we get time this year, to incorporate a sweeping Piet Oudolf style border (I love his work, designs and use of plants). It will include tall perennials in large numbers, inter-planted with grasses to give interest. Many of the plants will also go on to have interesting seed-heads, giving this border lots of autumn and winter interest, similar in some ways to the prairie bed by the workshop. For now it already has dwarf Narcissus 'Tete a Tete' and Cardamine pentaphylla flowering.
|The den bed extended to the right|
|Viewed from the top|
David and Adam cut up a fallen pine tree in the woods that came down in the autumn storm. The branches were added to the giant log pile which is much appreciated by the wildlife. They then fixed the fence blown down in the same storm: a few pieces of angle iron down the sides of some of the posts soon had it standing upright again.
Another day should finish the woodland garden. Just the moon garden, fence border and bog garden to do, but by 4pm we'd had enough. It was lovely to be out under the trees in the sunshine, listening to the curlews flying overhead and all the other wee birds singing their hearts out ready for spring.
Here are some of the woodlanders in flower here at Easter Mosshat at the moment.
|Ranunculus 'Brazen Hussy'|
|Pulmonaria 'Beth Chatto'|
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