Continuing on this weeks theme of getting stuff done while the sun shines… B-)
Back near the end of January, me and the missus went to B&Q and picked up a few bargains, you can read about it here. Today, After taking two trips to the tip to get rid of some rubbish, I got them, finally, into the ground. Well done me!… In all honesty even I was getting annoyed at myself that they were still just left by the back door doing nothing for two months!
Anyway, with the grass now cut, the sun still warm and no other excuse to mind, I got my big boy pants back on and got to digging.
The area I cut wasn’t exactly like I envisioned when I first got the plants, but no problems there. The turf was dumped, upside down, into one of the raised beds in the veg plot. No sense losing it.
I did, however, run into my first ‘problem’… I had forgotten to clip back the Buxus you can see at the end of the bed. This was the bush where the Blackbird was nesting last year. I’m guessing that is why I didn’t clip it back when I did the other bushes.
Anyway, it didn’t get done and so now it is slightly growing over where the bed would be and, as you can see in this pic, it is now full of flower buds. Typical!
I’ll not clip it back now, Many insects love Buxus flowers so I will just have to deal with it this year and make sure I prune it back later.
I then placed the plants on the bed to get an idea of spacing. The slope was a bit of an issue. The soil had to be compacted a little to keep it in place.
After moving the plants around a little I settled with this idea.
And here came my other issue. The roots on the Lavender were really tight and full. You can see them here. I had to really open them up and I swear there was very little actual soil in the middle. It was nearly all roots! Hopefully this will mean the plant will get a good head start on growing.
And that was it.
The only other thing I did was to plant my two Verbena bonariensis I rescued last year into my diamond bed. I have also been looking for a nice place to put my Cyclamen… Although I am considering interplanting them in with the Lavender.