We spent a short while deliberating whether to start planting the more fragile flowers and decided that time would not be on our side if we didn’t take
a chance and get them into the ground… and then I remembered that I had a load of ornate plant supports in the form of rustic ironwork crooks made by Plant Belles in Devon to use within the garden, so out they came and what a beautiful sight they are! I have to say they have been absolutely brilliant and meant that we could get on with the delicate planting knowing that the fragile blooms were protected from the worst of the weather. They look lovely.
We put some of the hibernation habitats into the glad jams jars set into the wall
and laid the peek-a-boo-pipes through the planting in the crescent swirl – the
idea is that children can get down on their hands and knees and see or shout
through the pipes to the other side of the planting bed. In the winter time they perform a different function – that of protection for all manner of creepy crawlies seeking shelter from the weather.
We did come across one problem today, the paint on the back wall has become wet
again. I guess it’s a symptom of the dreadful driving rain, the fact that the wall was built, rendered and painted within a week (all be it in nice dry conditions) and the fact that I wanted to plant just there! In the end I carried on regardless and will try and solve the problem on Saturday when the weather is supposed to cheer up.
Dave from Prestige Garden Services laid the turf around the edge of the show garden and it looks absolutely brilliant! Simon and Amt became my extra planting hands and helped with the topsoil.