The gardener came whilst I was out this morning and manured the lower bed and then dug it over well. After lunch I managed to put in the seven herbaceous plants I had ready = two perennial geraniums, two astrantias, two hellebores and a
tellima which I bought this morning along with a deep red aubretia for the rockery. My friend and neighbour H and I were talking about tellima yesterday (I had one in the garden at the farm) and when I went to the garden centre this morning to pick up some alpine gravel I saw one so I bought it).
It is difficult to plant a completely empty bed because it is much better to plant it out on paper I suppose. But I shall pick up plants as and when I see them so at present I have put them in in a random fashion, but as none of them are particularly tall I think I have made a good start. The large patch of snowdrops can now be dug up and split up while 'in the green' and planted in amongst the plants. They will die down long before any of the plants come to anything and will be up and in flower next year when the garden is empty.
Now there are thirteen rock alpines to be put in when the gravel has been mulched but that part of the garden is too high for me to go on to when I am here alone.
But I have made a start and in the morning I shall buy some pansies from the market and put a couple of clumps in towards the front so that something is flowering now (the Helleborus Niger
is also in bloom and has lots of buds on).
Gardening is so frustrating when I have to walk with my stick. It is something I have enjoyed all my life - but I suppose this is the stage everyone eventually reaches. So what I am saying is that if you are still nipping about in your garden - make the most of it.