Ingredients for the new border have been arriving and planting has begun.
One of these dumpy bags is topsoil and the three others are a mulch mix of composted bark, fine manure and leaf mould. The bag of topsoil went down first followed by one of the mulch bags. The plan is that these two layers will suppress the growth of the turned over turves underneath. Optimism is always part of the gardener’s plan. The next ingredients to be added were the large pot I already had and a box of tulip bulbs. The roses will come later.
The first frost of winter arrived and tulip planting began. For this year 90 tulips have been planted in two groups either side of a space left for a white rose. The tulips are Spring Green, a viridiflora flowering in early May, white with green feathering; Angelique, a double, pale pink with lighter edges, flowering late April/early May and China Town, another viridiflora flowering in early May, pink feathered with moss green. This one promises to have cream edged leaves. They were planted on a layer of grit to improve the drainage.
The last job for this stage of the border work was to move some of the existing phlox and geraniums forward. Canes have been planted out to mark the position of the roses. These have been ordered as bare roots and delivery is due in the next week or so. My next post on the border will reveal the choice of roses.