I realised when preparing my End of Month View yesterday that not only do I focus on the same views each month (by design) but that by doing this there are some areas which tend not to be photographed at all and which often get omitted from my rambles as well. Some of them are perhaps designed to tease, like this path in the woodland edge border leading to a gate that goes nowhere, but the path is currently obstructed by fern and hellebore seedlings and requires a bit of maintenance – or does it?
Definitely needing some maintenance is this bed of ivy at the back of the compost enclosure, just by the entrance to the herbaceous borders. Drowning in the green river of ivy is our white lady, rather like Ophelia amongst her weedy trophies – a trim is definitely required here! And would you believe the tree behind it is a parottia, never mentioned before on this blog and whose existence is often, to my shame, forgotten? It is so clearly the wrong location for it, and this having been its home since the same time as the amelanchier arrived in the circle I fear any attempt to give it a better home would be doomed to failure.
Gathering up my piles of leaves today I inspected the wire leaf cage tucked away in the corner of the woodland and not noticed from one year to the next, and found that under the top layer of dry leaves there was a nice thick layer of yummy leaf mould, circa 2011 probably. The different layers can be clearly seen in the picture. That will do nicely! A dry day will see me upturning the cage and redistributing the lower half of the contents onto deserving borders.
Also easily neglected are two features just at the back of the house, the rockery which was completely replanted in February with this Campanula poscharskyana ‘Lisduggan’ which has quietly outperformed its neighbours by never being out of flower since early summer, and the old stone sink, this one replanted in May and apart from the loss of a saxifrage looking quite happy:
Also often forgotten is the area at the back of the clematis colonnade that I mentioned yesterday, a thin shaped bed that bordered the edge of a path around a larger curved bed which was dug out when the area was revamped at the beginning of last year. Once the colonnade was completed I decided that this border could probably stay put and it has provided some extra colour with heuchera, crocus and geranium but still needs that bit of extra brickwork and some more pals. The area on the right is at the side of the lychgate and hosts some cyclamen and fritillaries but could do with some extra spring bulbs, or perhaps some overspill primroses and wood anemones from the adjacent woodland – a little job to remember come early spring!