Clearing the Pond banks …


Here’s Kevin being a garden gnome! He’s clearing, indeed has cleared b the time of this pic, all the Vinca major from the pond bank. A word of warning here! Vinca major (aka periwinkle!) is very pretty and it does an amazing job of ground cover … to such an extent that if you don’t remove it you will quickly have a garden that is completely covered in vinca. I had this up to Sep. It had taken over huge swathes of the garden and was quietly smothering anything else that grew there, even making life extremely hard for 3 lovely weigela who were only just hanging on. Kev did an amazing job so again we get agoraphobia when we go to that bit of the garden!

I’ve begun the replanting. We found the lovely variegated ivy I planted years back around the flowform has managed to survive and, since the vinca has been cleared has set off growing apace. Next year it should look really good. You maybe already know the hardy geranium Roseanne. She’s a lovely plant and wonderfully vigorous grower, and she flowers continuously from June to October. I love the colour too. So I’ve got 3 plants and have set them beside the flowform where they can produce an amazing bank of colour throughout the summer. I have one already, been there ofr 3 years, beside my lounger and she takes up a 1m x 1.5m patch that’s about .5m high and continuously covered in bees and butterflies. A vast improvement on the vinca!

Alchemilla mollis + geranium

I haven’t decided what else to go along the bank but it will probably include masses of Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis) as that loves to grow in the garden and produces babies like there’s no tomorrow, so I have lots to transplant. There’s a lovely white comfrey in there too that’s survived the vinca so I hope that will spread. We also grow borage everywhere, so there’s lots of that to transplant too. We also grow a rather nice purple salvia and there’s tons of that to be transplanted too. And I will be adding bulbs.

I want great masses of the same plant, say not more than 5 different ones, rather than spottifying odd plants of all different species – I always think doing that looks like those old jars of multi-coloured sweets!

Transplanting and using the same species who already grow well in here is the best and easiest way of having a relatively low-maintenance garden. The garden knows what it likes, what it can grow well, I try not to push it with things it finds hard work. For me, that’s part of curating a wildlife garden – you work from the wildlife POV (including the plants!) rather than ordering it about 😊.