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Saturday, 27 October 2018

A new raised bed

I like raised beds - they're convenient, easy to manage and suit lots of different types of planting. Hopefully our latest mad-cap idea is going to work and suit the planting requirements of one of my favourite garden plants - Primula florindae, (Himalayan primrose or giant cowslip if you prefer).  Some of my plants struggled massively in the drought this summer;  whilst they can cope with sun (unlike many other members of the primula family which are generally woodland plants and like some dappled shade), they cannot cope with sun AND dry roots.  However, the plants I have growing at the edge of the Top Pond which were able to keep their toes damp did fairly well.



So Management and I have cooked up what might be one of our daftest garden plans yet - a raised bed on/in the pond!


A small (by our standards) bed between the big deck and the pebble area which is the frogs' favourite spawn laying area was growing nothing particularly special - too many flag iris, a dwarf reed and a couple of the carex which we gave the heave-ho to in other areas back in June (hmm, still have those photos in the backlog . . . )



There was cutting back (easy), digging out (surprisingly easy) followed by the filling of holes with numerous bags of 20mm stones which Management went to the garden centre to collect (easy but bloomin' heavy!)

And whilst I moved large bits of tree trunk which had been saved for exactly this job, the poor chap went off to get another half dozen bags of stones when it became clear that the first six were  just not going to be enough!

In crisp morning light today it all looks quite gorgeous, and we've very, very pleased.





There are plans to dismantle a raised bed in the vegetable area which is really surplus to my growing needs (and its removal will make turning the little tractor round much easier),  that is where the soil will come from to fill this.   Fingers crossed this will work - I am hoping the Primula will be able to put roots down into the always moist (unless we have a drought) pond margin but not be saturated.  Once these gorgeous plants start flowering in June the blooms last for weeks and weeks and the scent is divine.  The flag iris only flowered for a week or so and then look tatty until autumn . . .





I already have the plants waiting, and if we get a few more gorgeous autumn days like today (and our muscles recover from all the bending and lifting yesterday!) then I might just have this whole job finished before next year.  Famous last words?



It took bribery with biscuits to get Daisy to stand in the bed:



Small Person was a very bouncy (and therefore blurred) bouncing-around-dog this morning.



Even after all these years I still am amazed when I see her in this blue coat.  It belonged to Ollie and when Daisy came to us the coat was so much too big* I nearly gave it away - I guess 'small person' is now Big Girl 😍





* as in two sizes too big and falling off her




8 comments:

  1. I hope the pond bed works as well as you want it to, I can't wait to see it planted up and looking lovely. Daisy certainly looks like she was having a very lively moment :)

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    1. Thanks Eunice, Daisy gets a "mad head" on when it is frosty and goes positively bonkers on the rare occasions we have snow. Do your two do the same?

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  2. Here's hoping your pond bed works for you too. Daisy is gorgeous and happy thanks to your tender loving care. The sun may be shining but it's blooming cold here, I must get Annie's warm coat out of storage.

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    1. I think Annie is tougher than Daisy - our thicker coat has been in use for at least a month :)

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  3. You do come up with some ingenious ideas.

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    1. Very kind of you to say that Sue, but it's only ingenious if it works . . .

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  4. Not madcap, but a very clever idea for the situation & changing weather patterns. I'm fascinated by the pond reflection photo!!!!! Take care & hi to Daisy & Mgt.

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    1. Thanks Susan, the reflection is lovely, I was pleased with that photo :) Love to you and yours. xx

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