This last couple of days I’ve mostly been weeding the new-ish borders I planted last year, AKA Soggy Bottom and (less amusingly named) the swimming pool wall border. Soggy Bottom in particular was pretty dire as at various points this year it has just been too wet to weed it. It’s doing quite well despite the competition from innumerable docks (now languishing on the fire heap):
I should be capable of coming up with some crude innuendo right about here to do with Soggy Bottoms, and the words ‘growing well’, ‘verdant’ and ‘lush’. But, well, maybe I’d better not. The Primula florindae sent to me by Kininvie are doing really well still, although the Rheum ‘Ace of Hearts’ and the kingcups are looking less enthusiastic.
The swimming pool wall border did really well this Spring/early Summer but is now looking a bit tired. It needs a bit of a reshuffle this autumn methinks and some later flowering plants. I did forget to cut the Achillea back and if I had, that would probably be giving a second flush about now.
I’m not particularly worried because this sort of editing is part of the process. The Echinacea didn’t do as well as I’d hoped and the Fragaria are threatening to take over the world, the Clary Sage was even bigger than my memory suggested and the Stipa got rather swamped. A bit of a shuffle and it’ll keep being great for longer next year.
Still looking nice in this border are:
Both grown from seed by my own fair hand. I can tell these two are going to become staples – I just love the Erigon particularly.