Sometimes it’s all too easy to put off those little jobs, particularly when there are larger projects that one would rather be getting on with, so I made a point of getting as many of the little jobs out of the way today as I could. The first priority was to plant up several of the pots that were sitting outside the back door, which included an achillea, lychnis and veronica that I bought at that Yellow Book garden a few weeks ago, a bushy erigeron from Wisley and the twenty geraniums offer from Hayloft. Most of the geraniums in the middle picture will be planted in a nursery bed until they are a little bigger, but the sturdier ones were planted out in their intended beds today.
Some minor deadheading was in order too, as well as staking a clump of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and sunflowers in the hot border, and the first picture shows an eryngium replanted at the back of the blue & white border, behind tradescantia and echinops instead of standing erect and alone in the middle, towering over its neighbours. My final task was lugging ten black bags of shreddings down to the fruit cage and emptying them ready to rake over the old bark between the fruit canes and bushes. I usually replenish the bark every 3 years or so, spreading it over a layer of heavy duty weed membrane, where it does a sterling job of keeping the weeds down whilst those that grow in the bark are easily pulled out. Having recently replaced our defunct shredder it is our first experience of using shreddings instead of buying bags of bark, so it will be interesting to monitor how it compares.