Spring cleanup finished!

I have spent a week digging, thinning, potting, moving, and replanting and I hope everything in the garden is happy and ready to grow.

The back terrace looks quite established. I have thinned the Japanese Anemones which were spreading everywhere and instead replaced with the Tellima Grandiflora from which I have potted up cuttings – I plan to replace all the old plants in the autumn. The Bergenias have never flowered so abundantly, neither has the Viburnum Davidii, and I think I have just saved the Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ from Japanese Anemone ‘Robustissima’.

Back terrace

Viburnum Davidii

The tubs on the small front patio are just lovely! I planted bulbs to flower in succession but of course they all popped out at once – never mind, they are lovely. And the Canary Bird rose has recovered after we cut it down two years ago, and there are flowers at every possible bud.

Canary Bird Rose

In the sunny bed in front of the house I have thinned, spread, and potted the Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’, divided the Alchemilla (and given away 100 small cuttings!), and planted blue Salvia to contrast with the yellow daisies. There is also a new variegated Euphorbia and the Anenome ‘Honorine Jobert’ have been staked. And best of all the Libertia flower buds are swelling!

Front garden in Cratfield

Heuchera 'Purple Palace'

The shady bed has also been tidied up, with new plantings of Euphorbia, Salvias, Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ and LiriopeĀ which wasn’t growing well in London – I think it had it in the wrong place, under a tree with not enough root room.

Cratfield front garden

And the grasses are coming along inĀ the replanted hedge bed – tackled in the autumn last year.


Carex & Luzula Nivea


The view out of the front door is really quite pleasing, and the view as you walk in is welcoming, I think.

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