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The Precipitous Bank at the end of March

 

It doesn’t look much different from last month if I’m honest.

The hellebores are still out.

And there’s a nice carpet of muscari and primroses appearing underneath one of the Cornus trees.

 
 

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Plans. That’s what we’ll talk about. Yes it is.

Last year I declared that in Spring I would dig up the whole of the top terraced bed and replant it. And that’s still what I intend to do. I was waiting for the Lily of the Valley, whose bid for world domination sparked the need for the exercise in the first place, to poke up their ever multiplying shoots.

 
 

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That’ll be now then..

 

But there’s a pay off for the Precipitous Bank too.

Lily of the Valley forms a spreading, thick mat of roots and they are just what I need to help stabilise the soil on the steepest part of the slope. They’ll look good there too, layered at the different levels. And what better than to have such a heady fragrance just at nose height.

 
 

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Ferns are starting to unfurl

 

Also in the terraces there are large clumps of geum ready to divide, some of which will make the short journey eastwards and help to populate the lower part of the hill.

I’ve invested in a cuttings propagator and have been searching the internet for an app or some software that I can use to put together a proper garden design. Previous plots have tended to grow piecemeal, mainly on the back of impulse buys. It would be a good thing to look at this larger expanse of space more professionally. To plan what goes where and purchase accordingly. Does anyone know of a design package, tens of pounds rather than hundreds?

In the meantime I’ve been busy sowing seed, cosmos and rudbeckia in the greenhouse, Californian poppy and cornflower seeds spread liberally across the ground. Although given the strength of the wind last night and today, the latter may well be happily germinating on the other side of the county by now.

 
 

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 New leaves are starting to appear

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It’s a challenge gardening here, as I’ve rattled on about on more than one occasion. But perhaps what I have learned, taking on board something Monty said on Gardeners’ World last week, is that a healthy plant defends itself better against being eaten. This year I will spend more time on feeding, looking after the plants I have, and on protection.

Definitely protection. I lost all the flower spikes on an epimedium last night. About eight shoots in all. They were nipped straight off and yet the plant was left slimy. Slugs? Mice or squirrels?

Or..

 
 

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The pheasant defence system, currently deployed over a patch of anemones.

 

Mr & Mrs P have both been around this weekend, albeit separately. I hope there hasn’t been a falling out. I was looking forward to the pitter patter of little pheasanty feet. Even if that does mean more hungry beaks. Don’t let’s even think about that.

 
 
 

Linking up with Helen’s End Of Month View (here) at The Patient Gardener’s Weblog. Click through to find out what other gardeners are up to this month.

 
 
 
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