This is indeed a weekend for reflection and contemplation and in The Fortnight Garden at Easter there is also time and space for yet more hard work. The lesson, which sadly I seem to have to relearn rather often is that it would be better to garden for an hour or so a day than not at all! So here are my Six on Saturday.
1.Canary Bird Rose
Last week she was promising flowers and how she is bursting into life! What a lovely, bright and enthusiastic response to the warmth of the past week. And in the evening light she glows.
2.Pink and White
The Bergenias are coming out and just gorgeous. I hope they enjoy their flowering because many of them are going to be dug out and started again once the flowering is over. They have been in place for quite a while and the ‘stems’ are creeping over borders and paths.
These plants are not doing well. The White Wings looks scrawny and the yellow one hasn’t produced enough flower heads. To make matters worse a self-seeded specimen is flowering with gusto! Nevertheless, just look at the details inside a single ‘flower’!
I have cleared a space and planted another acanthus seedling behind the large, well-established plant. I have also dug out a few others and they are now in pots to give me time to think!
The Carex glows in the sunshine, particularly at the end of the day…
The Fortnight Garden has been encouraged to develop at its own pace, which is another way of saying it has received minimal attention for the past three years! It is interesting to see what has thrived, and what has not. Gradually, and perhaps sadly, the variety of plants has reduced but this also means I am left with the survivors.
The Sedums have clumped up and I have been digging up and separating – fine, but I have three dozen pots of ‘Autumn Joy’ to date, and most pots have more than one plant. Japanese Anemones are beautiful in late summer but they are becoming thugs and taking over. They are also surprisingly difficult to dig out and grow on. I have several pots of those, and many more to come.And there are a dozen pots of Libertia Grandiflora, each with two plants, and I have already given away another dozen.
And so The Fortnight Garden at Easter is looking a little more organised than a week ago, but we are a long way off revitalised! And now I need to see what The Propagator has collected for Six on Saturday at Easter.