Thursday, 26 April 2012

The North Wall Remembers

The Trachelospermum jasminoides did not survive two harsh winters in a row and to be honest I never did grow to like that plant in the position it was in. It is a north wall that you look when you sit outside . Before the remodelling of the garden (when the Trachelospermum jasminoides was planted there) there grew a fantastic honeysuckle. It was old and pretty much spent by the time we got rid of it but I have fond memories of the fantastic fragrance of the flowers. Deciding what we were gonna put instead of the trachelospermum was partially easy namely we definitely wanted a honeysuckle. But variety is the spice of life so we are mixing it up a bit. With a bit of luck Clematis Armandii should be relatively happy here, even though it might prefer a sunnier position the fact that it is evergreen is a bonus. The clematis are in the middle one is a normal  armandii the other a armandii hybrid by the name of Clematic Armandii 'Snowdrift'. It must be said that these might prove just as hardy as the Trachelospermum (IE not) but the delightful flowers at least warrant an experiment.

Choosing the honeysuckle also proved slightly more complicated than I thought. I know honeysuckle can grow in that spot, it grows well even. But to my surprise nearly all the honeysuckles in the garden centre were marked for a sunny position. I picked up two that said half sun and we will see what comes of it. Left it Lonicera henryi, I only found out later that this is a evergreen variety that does not have any noticeable smell and only tiny flowers. However it should prove popular with insects and this is also worth something. On the right is a Lonicera Belgique select it has white flowers that should have a heady fragrance. This is the one closest to the honeysuckle growing here before and I hope it does just as well.

Because the plants are still rather small we had to move the two chairs so at least some light could reach them. This opened up  some space to move the shade containers to the chicken free area. Since they already almost killed the Meconopsis Punicea by digging it up this seemed like a good idea. They get slightly less sun here for now but when the sun gets a bit higher they should still catch some rays.

Another thing the chickens dug up was the Bletilla striata. I inspected the bulb and unfortunately it was mushy and rotten so I threw it out. The winter might have been too harsh for it as well. As a substitute I planted a Hosta Halcyon. The leaves are a lovely shade of blue that contrast really well with the black containers and provides some much needed foliar interest.

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