Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Spring cleaning continues in the Coppice

I've said it before but nothing changes - this is probably my favourite part of the whole garden.  I have not spent enough time up here in the last couple of years but I do intend to rectify that in 2018.  When I'd finished the weeding and tidying I moved a spare garden chair to the top of the path to encourage me to come up here and enjoy the space.

Not much to say about a couple of days work a week or so ago - weeding, cutting back dead growth that I left during the winter, straightening out plant supports, a little coppicing of the hazel to provide some supports for the veg patch this year (if I ever get any vegetables actually growing, don't have a successful track record there!) and a bit of brutal cutting back to rid the hellebores of leaves stricken with black spot.

Management helped me sort out the little culvert I made last year.  I am not happy with the appearance of the stones we've used to anchor the metal sheeting, but that can be fixed easily enough.  I'll take a picture of it when I have done that.

I went away for four days during which it was warm and sunny nearly all of the time and when I came back the Coppice had put on about a fortnight's new growth.  Like the Top Pond bed it is looking quite lovely and goes from strength to strength.  The only thing I want to add this summer is more foxgloves, so that is on The List for next time I go to my little nursery.

Warning - things now get exceedingly picture-heavy.  Whilst I was away I took just the Sony compact camera - pure laziness on my part, did not want to lug a heavy DSLR around.  I regret that decision because whilst the Sony takes excellent RAW images, they are just not the same as those from the Canon.  Which prompted me to get the DSLR out yesterday morning and get a bit carried away.



I seem to have both Oxlip (Primula elatior) and the Cowslip (Primula veris) in flower, and allegedly the Oxlip {the darker yellow flower} is becoming quite rare in the wild.  I've had success with primula seed before, I must make an effort this year and try to increase our stock.







Sumptuous fat buds of hostas, Hadspen Blue,  but the pictures show a depressing amount of nibbling.  Time to break out the very smelly garlic solution and a (hopefully) very uncomfortable ring of crushed eggshells around each plant.



Uncurling ferns are so very beautiful, the first pictures are Hart's Tongue, I think the other is a common Dryopteris, but fern identification is a whole lifetime's work on its own.









Also nibbled, lovely violets in a shady corner.



Last year I created a whole bed full of Primula florindae, and they are already coming through really nicely.



Dicentra,  the traditional pink and a more recent introduction  - deep red 'Valentine'






Euphorbia - grrrr - cannot remember which one, too lazy to go and look it up.





Beautiful, graceful Solomon Seal.  A lovely clump which is developing nicely year on year. Perhaps one day I will dare dig some up to spread it around . . . or maybe I won't!



This is where I am a little ashamed - I have over 20 beautiful hellebore in the Coppice and once again, the blooms are past their best without a decent photo record.


"Tutu" :-















Cinderella?















12 comments:

  1. It's all looking so beautiful Jayne. It's surprising how quickly everything is growing now that we have some (slightly) warmer temperatures. X

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    1. Thanks Jules, I am sure the plants in this sheltered area have put on 2 weeks growth in two days!

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  2. Completely lovely and obviously one of us has been copying the other in our plant choice - we have no primulas and only one hellebore but snap on the rest! I love your sweeping natural planting.

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    1. Thank you m'dear! "sweeping, natural planting" - that sounds like I know what I am doing. In truth it is "bung it in where there's a gap!"

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  3. I admit that flower names mean absolutely nothing to me though I love the photos, especially the dark red and pink flowers, but no Daisy??

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    1. There were lots of pictures of my little Gardening Assistant, but I thought she could have a post of her own ...

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  4. All your hard work is now showing, I am so jealous of the size of your garden, it must be nice to have space for different types of garden.

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    1. Aww, don't be jealous Marlene, all that will do is make you unhappy with the lovely garden you've got :-( But once again you are spot on - it is lovely to have the room to do different things, but that does not mean I am satisfied either - I would like the Coppice to be much bigger, and the house to be in a different part of the plot - just small changes!

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  5. Lovely photos and it looks so beautiful, I could spend hours in that garden chair of yours :)

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    1. Thanks Eileen. I'm hoping to spend a few hours in that chair this year!

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  6. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!! Our hellebores should start getting their buds soon (usually around May), but could be later this year due to our long dry summer. We'll see. Been doing a lot of raking out front due to our silver birch (street tree), madly shedding at the moment. Take care.

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  7. Thanks Susan, our silver birch always make a hell of a mess each Autumn, but they are lovely trees. Glad you liked the hellebores :)

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