There was a nice big gang of us today so we were able to have a team of about 12 gardeners (including two very welcome half-terming juniors) all planting snowdrops in various parts of the garden.
Once the 1,000 plants were in place the task was started of splitting and replanting some of our exiting clumps. With a bit of luck snowdrop season next year should be really fabulous!
More planting happened in the Lavender Garden, with bushes put in to replace the straggly old ones and winter box was planted up to fill the last of the gap where the arbutus was felled.
As always there were plenty of jobs to be found around the car park – where everything tends go a bit wild. After some chopping back and weeding, plans were made to fill spaces with lots of ground cover (possibly hardy geraniums) and perhaps to find room for a couple of ribes (flowering currant), which are good for providing the nectar which is so beneficial for early flying insects, especially bumblebees.
We also heard from the gardener who has been doing invaluable work repairing all our secateurs. He reported that he has sourced the final parts needed to complete the job and all secateurs should be in fine working order by next week – he got a round of applause!
The garden is quickly filling with colour now. I very much liked the tiny daffodils growing with the first forget-me-nots and bronze leaved celandines – very pretty but rather unnoticed on the outside of the hedge by the picking garden. I also loved the charming ’apple blossom’ flowers of a japonica but favourite for me today was the stunning hellebore. It is called Argutifolius, or more simply ‘the holly leaved hellebore after its spiky edged leaves. This is the lovely description of it on Beth Chatto’s website:-
“One of Beth’s favourite plants. In spring it sends up weed-resistant clumps. Many stiff stems bear handsome claw-like foliage of cool jade-green. In winter these tend to fall out like the spokes of a wheel to make way for the new shoots. By January every stem is topped by clusters of apple-green cups. It can be in flower from the new year through to summer. Synonym Helleborus corsicus.”
In other exciting news, we pretty much had a rain free session today – here’s hoping for the same next week!