Helen's Garden Renovation Project

Friday 11 May 2012

Spem in lilium

Filed under: Progress — Helen @ 4:36 pm

We have actually had a whole day without rain! And there was plenty of sunshine too. It was good to go out and catch up with what my plants have been doing. Here are the free lilies that J Parker sent me.

Lilies emerging

Lilies emerging

I have tried to grow lilies once before. I planted some bulbs and the lilies were promptly eaten. It could have been lily beetle or it could have been slugs. I have been putting slug pellets around my J Parkers lilies and so far they haven’t been eaten by anything. I will keep hoping.

The Euonymus europaeus, which looked so bare and vulnerable when I first planted it, is now looking calm and confident, with vigorous growth. I am a little surprised at how much it has put on, and I wonder if the Rootgrow really did work a miracle with it. Or maybe it just liked getting lots and lots of rain.

Euronymus europaeus 'Red Cascade' looking fine and dandy

Euronymus europaeus 'Red Cascade' looking fine and dandy

And what a difference a couple of weeks makes! The beech tree is well and truly awake.

Beech tree looking very leafy

Beech tree looking very leafy

So I am now entering the period of the year where development work grinds to a halt as I spend all my time weeding and cutting things back. When we next have a few days of dry weather I am hoping to be able to empty the shallow pond and do some work on it. I will also be able to plan the rest of the planting better when the existing trees and shrubs regain all their leaves so I can see how much room they take up and which areas do not get much light.

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