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A change around in the corner.


Round the corner of the front border before the wrought iron gate I had a lovely Daphne mezereum but this winter it died. It was 20 years old so I wasn’t too surprised. This was last year.

When I took most of the Clematis cirrhosa down, Victoria dug the Daphne out. That left a nice space to fill. Ignore the obelisk that is just there as I don’t know where it is going to go yet.

By the drive I have a Dahlia merckii that has got so large it hangs over the drive. When you reverse in, it sets the sensors off and you can guarantee you will run over some of it. OH wants it moving so I thought, now that will fit in that corner and it shouldn’t be a problem if it flops over the grass. It is a brilliant Dahlia as it is fully hardy and doesn’t need lifting or mulching in the winter.

I had to get Victoria to help lift it as it was a good 20" in diameter by 12" deep and the tubers were the same size as large jacket potatoes. But we got it in and pushed lots of soil in around the tubers. I then went around the pots in the back garden and selected those that would flower and be over before the Dahlia grew.

Kate might remember the pot of daffs tulips and hyacinths that were on the pond wall. Now they are in the grounds, so one less pot for OH to damage!

I also planted Colchicum, Anemone de caen, some hyacinths and Ipheion uniflorum ‘Wisley Blue’. I will see how much space there is as this year progresses then i may [probably] add more plants next year.

This is it from the front of the garden.

And this is it from the other side.

Was planning to tackle the conifer bed today but I cant summon the enthusiasm, it is just too cold. This is it front on and the last from the side. It just needs weeding and old growth cutting back. A blog for another day

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Yes, the cold rather stopped play here too, today, SBG. The wind was whistling across the garden. Your freshly arranged border looks colourful and fresh. Sounds like the dahlia is a mammoth!

3 Apr, 2021


I do remember that particular pot of vibrant colour, Eileen. The tulips, hyacinths and daffs look right at home in that area. Looks like you’ve been pretty busy again today! Both sides of the gate are looking very fresh and full of cheer.
The Daphne was a beauty, gorgeous colour and I’ll bet scent too! I’ve still to play the little Daphne I picked up form you the other day, Eileen. I haven’t planted it out yet, I was a bit worried about the impending cold days ahead...
I’ve put it in a sheltered safe spot until later next week...hope this sounds right?

3 Apr, 2021


There's no worry on that front Kate the Daphne mezereum hasn't been under cover at all, though it has been against the greenhouse so had a little bit of shelter. It will be happy in that pot for weeks.
The dahlia is about 3 foot tall with soft lilac/pink single flowers Ange.
The sun came out at about 2 this afternoon but so cold I stayed in and watch telly.

3 Apr, 2021


D. merckii is a species dahlia and another one from a rare plant fair.

The grass is lush with moss and clover and daisies ;o)

The conifer bed is not very coniferous now. It used to be but the winters of 2011/12 caused so much damage I had to remove them. There are a couple but that is all.

5 Apr, 2021


In future years all those bulbs you have just planted will look great!

5 Apr, 2021

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