If the garden is an extension of the house then I am sure we can use the term ‘gardenkeeping’ in the same way we talk about housekeeping, and comparing the above picture to yesterday’s you can see that the majority of the pots have been emptied, leaving only the trailing violas for the front, some of the white pansies and the pink polyanthus. The weather was damp but mild, so an ideal day for planting things out as well as moving some ill-placed specimens.
Firstly, I planted three different thymes in the tiny sink on the paved area, which now awaits me remembering to bring slate chippings from the bottom of the garden to finish it off – I had decided to have some sort of alpines in here and these were half price so will certainly ‘do’ for the time being, if not the long term. A few pansies were planted in the lead effect troughs to accompany the remains of white verbena, and the third picture shows argyranthemum which had been in a pot but have now been replanted in a border after having seen them growing in a herbaceous border at the Botanical gardens in Edinburgh – mine were pink when I first planted them but they are definitely white now!
In the course of planting and shifting I found the misplaced aster with no name (right) and noticed there were a few tiny (and I mean tiny) flowers on A. ‘Little Carlow’ (left) – are they really as tiny as that on a full grown plant, I wonder?
Whilst wielding my trowel I was mentally totting up more gardenkeeping jobs and realised I had a strong urge to grab the secateurs and start some real autumnal clearing and tidying – a late downpower and short thunderstorm prevented me from indulging in this urge today, and other commitments will keep me from it tomorrow as well. Roll on next week! Next week may also see the last of the Big Plum Tree Lop, as at the moment there are more plum branches on the ground than on the tree – well done to the Golfer!