The new garden – while large – didn’t some with a great deal in the way of plants, but it wasn’t completely desolate, it just appeared that way when you go from this:
Despite the downsizing of floral diversity, there are a few plants that we inherited – which I like to call, “the Natives” that have been in flower recently. It’s time I checked in on them.
We start with a surprising stand of Crocosmia “Lucifer”. They are tall, erect plants with sword-like leaves and vivid red flowers. Unfortunately, the stand of crocosmia we have caught me off-guard and they weren’t staked before they all promptly fell over en-masse. They are now growing across the grass. I shall be ready for them next year with plenty of stakes to keep them upright.
Next are hydrangea: There are a couple of hydrangea shrubs in the garden but unfortunately, they are all in bad shape with plenty of congested dead wood that needs pruning out. All shrubs need reshaping and they also need rescuing from the grass that’s returning to what used to be old borders. I hope to get on top of the pruning for next year, just as soon as I learn how they’re supposed to be pruned. It may be that I have to do without flowers for a year or two but that’s not a worry.
One of the shrubs is white and purple while the other is blue and pink, depending on what flower head you’re looking at.
Finally, there are two hydrangeas that were buried underneath the old viburnum shrubs in the front border, before I revamped it. I dug those out, potted them up and placed them in the patio pot collection. When I replanted the front border the hydrangeas didn’t go back in, I will find another place for them. They were in a poor state when I dug them out but a bit of TLC and they’ve even managed to flower this year.
Finally we have something that caught us by surprise in that front border. For a long while there was a plant which was essentially a bunch of leaves that looked like a clump of large snowdrops. I left them alone as they were small enough not to get in the way when I was revamping the bed and I didn’t want to dig them out when I didn’t know what they were. The dahlias were planted around them and they recovered from the trauma of being half-dug and half-buried by “borrowing” some of the water when I was settling the dahlias in. It was only in the last few weeks that I noticed they had sent up a flower spike and slowly emerging from the flower head are individual blue flowers – Agapanthus?
There would have been a lovely picture of the little plant here, if I had managed to get round to taking it before it flowered, set seed and returned to a little bunch of leaves.
For an agapanthus it is a very small plant and a rather insignificant flower head, but it has survived being over shadowed by viburnum and lavender, recovered after being disturbed from the revamp and replanting of the bed and has even managed to tentatively flower so I say congratulations and lets hope it gets bigger and spreads (I might help it with the propagation part).