The revamped rockery has come on a bundle since it was replanted in February and even more since it was stripped, on a whim, of the resident ferns way back in August last year. I may look out over it every time I gaze out of the kitchen windows (which happens frequently) but I had not appreciated quite how much it has filled out in only a relatively short period of time and almost all of the new plants are flowering or have already done so. The only one struggling is Geranium cinereum ‘Ballerina’ which was only planted a few weeks ago, but seems to suffer from being at path level and more perhaps more open to attack by whatever likes to attack petite geraniums.
From the left, the entrenched ajuga pours happily over the steps, and Campanula major sprawls comfortably in front of Geranium sanguineum ‘Compact’, both just starting to come into flower.
Sedum album ‘Coral Carpet’ is covered in tiny white blobs – so will the carpet be white, or coral pink? Definitely pink, and similar shades of pink, are Saponaria ocymoides ‘Tumbling Ted’ and Erodium ‘Bishop’s Form’ in the foreground, whilst in the bottom right corner is the stump of ‘Ballerina’, still clinging on to her dancing career.
The tiny Rhododendron ‘Wren’ did not flower this year, but is still healthy underneath the silky leaves of the pretty Alchemilla alpina, and Lewisia ‘Little Plum’ seems happy enough tucked underneath an outcrop, having flowered a several weeks earlier.
Finally, Dianthus ‘Sherbert’ is ready to fizz, whilst the tongue-twistingly named Campanula poscharskyana ‘Lisduggan’ is sending out long stems with pale lilac bells, and the old faithful thrift (‘Armada’)and sedum (sexangulare) do their stuff at the right hand end. It may be that the rockery used to look as promising as this, but the self seeded ferns soon make themselves at home and much as I like to see them they would happily colonise the area again, given half a chance, so I will need to be vigilant and remove them before they become too established.