- On September 4, 2014
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What a beautiful day – it seems all the more precious now that we are into September.
We were cutting the meadow areas around our newly planted trees – these areas will only be cut once a year, rather like a traditional hay meadow, to prevent pernicious weeds such as dockens, thistles, brambles from taking over. But it was like making hay on a beautiful summer’s day – so feel good! The area beside the prairie border slopes to the sun and is quite dry so that I want to introduce some narcissus and also dianthus carthusianorum which I’ve grown from seed – it needs clean country air and a poor dry soil – our soil is not poor but I will give it a go. I have some ox eye daisies from a kind gardening friend and will these as they flower all summer….must get out my Christopher Lloyd Meadows book for some inspiration – our soil is similar to theirs although we wouldn’t get the same amount of sun or heat but it’s a wonderful book for anyone wanting to start a meadow.
I was also sowing some seeds, hardy annuals – cornflowers, annual gypsophila, and ammi visnaga. And hardy perennials – delphiniums, verbascums, veronica and thalictrum.
Tomorrow I want to clear out the polytunnel and have a tidy….I also need to have a sort through this year’s stock of plants – throw out those not worth keeping and pot on or feed the rest.
Long may the good weather continue! (With a wee drop of rain overnight please!!!)
Euonymus planipes with their beautiful fruits.
Rosa rugosa hips – great for vitamin C….dry and store for tea or make a rosehip syrup.
The prairie border still looking good!