Helen's Garden Renovation Project

Monday 28 March 2011

Planting time

Filed under: Conifers,Magnolia,Progress — Helen @ 11:10 am

It’s definitely time to start planting. The major job is to get the six big thuja into the ground instead of the Leylandii. I have now removed all but one of the Leylandii, and have partly dug up the remaining one. I took the following picture last week, when I made a lot of progress because I took the week off work and it didn’t rain.

The penultimate Leylandii comes down

The penultimate Leylandii comes down

The price for the lack of rain is that I have to water all my plants. I have been scooping out the water out of the shallow pond, which will all have to come out because I haven’t sealed the mortar yet, and the chemicals in the water might hurt the frogs. They probably won’t hurt the plants, though.

I was going to paint the pond last week, but I was still unsure about whether it was dry enough yet, as some more water got in and it had black pigment in it. I decided that digging up the Leylandii was more urgent, and it won’t do the pond any harm if it is left until June before it gets painted. So the tarpaulin stays on. You can see it in the foreground of the picture above. I have cut a triangular piece of tarpaulin and hemmed it to stop it fraying, so it is easy to put over the pond and keep in place.

Although the thuja planting is the biggest and most important job, planting some of the smaller plants is also worth doing because it reduces the amount of watering and feeding I have to do. I have removed all the rubble from the area near the camellia and have started on the underplanting. I am going to have some of: viola, primula, aquilegia, geranium sangineum, hellebore and probably honesty, if I recognise the emerging seedlings correctly.

Camellia underplanting

Camellia underplanting

And finally, here is a preview of the magnolia. We may have some overnight frosts in the next few days, but if we don’t… oh wow!

Magnolia in bud

Magnolia in bud

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