Why is bulb planting so painful? They are only little objects after all.
Three hundred of them. But still. I knew I needed an afternoon to get the allium purple sensations into the herb garden as the herb garden is a right bloody mess.
The euphorbias were the first thing I planted here and they are brilliant. But they self seed.
So as I stood facing this jungle I knew they were the first things that needed to go. But to reach the plants, I had to remove the rampant lemon balm first.
And the annoying ornamental quince suckers. Gad I hate those. They are so tough and nasty to remove. I cut down the main chaenomeles quince shrubs in the very first year, but have been ‘enjoying’ their suckers ever since.
I hate suckers. If it’s not the plum suckers everywhere else, it’s the chaenomeles here.
So there was swearing, and sweating as I hacked my way through to the back of the garden. And there was the rose New Dawn that clothes the wall. And clothed me.
I have still the rest of the roses to do around the corner, but I wanted to get in the bulbs today, so I have put off weeding the very end of the herb bed.
I must go back to my original planting of the garden to work out why it is so bare now that I have pulled out the weeds.
The salvias have diminished over time. I would get more but I hate investing in plants which I can’t propagate easily. But I suppose I could add more.
And it looks ghastly right now. I don’t want to cut back the sage until February so the woody stalks can protect the new growth. So it is definitely a case of thinking it will look worse until it looks better.
The top part of the area is given over to three rosemaries. And they took a beating in the flood so I have to see if the large rosemary survives.
So the bulbs. My mind is drifting. The only problem with allium purple sensations is they have ratty foliage.
So I planted the bulbs right at the base of the purple sage plants so hopefully the bases will be hidden.
In a month or so I’ll plant the tulips in the spaces in between. And I need to think about mulching with gravel. Just the thought of heaving buckets of gravel over this space makes my body cringe. I need a rest.
And a pat on the back; of the 1300 bulbs Andrew delivered on Thursday I have just 100 tulips and 70 paperwhite narcissus to go. Yee hah.