Have kept everything soft this year. Pastels and whites are my chosen colours.
With the moss garden very much in mind I bought three shuttlecock ferns. I am not sure if they will suit the garden as they like reliably moist soil. I have prepared the planting area with plenty of organic compost and they are in shade.
Skimmia Japonica love it here, they do so well. Many are in flower, bringing in the insects. Whilst this is a fairly common plant it is one I really like, it always has something to offer.
Have I ever shown you this little box hedge? I planted it around seven years ago. It looked very spindly then and I thought it would fade away.
There are a few gaps here and there, as the dreaded box blight hit some of the plants.
I really do need to get some new plants to fill the gaps but feel I could bring blight into the garden. The hedge is now settled, so I am undecided at the moment.
Ferns are slowly emerging. These plants are such a wonderful addition to a woodland garden.
Most ferns are extremely long lived, so these should be around for many many years.
I found this tiny specimen beneath the tree house last Autumn. I knew it would not survive because rabbits tend to dig there and Nella sleeps the afternoon away in the shade on a hot Summers day. I could see it being trampled, so moved it to the woodland area and planted it in a piece of wood I found on the woodland floor. It is a survivor.
It is warm again today so I am going to do some much needed weeding. It is great to feel the sun on the back of my neck.
Happy gardening days :)