Saturday, 15 March 2014
The warm weather of the past week or so has brought real changes to VP Gardens and the rest of Chippenham. The picture shows part of the area at the end of our narrow side garden where I've planted bunches of daffodils to greet walkers coming off the public land onto our part of the estate.
At their feet you can just about make out the fresh green of the Pulmonaria my friend L gave me, which is beginning to spread itself out nicely. Peer a bit more closely and you can just about make out the pink flowers which the local bees love at this time of the year. Soon some grape hyacinths will join these flowers; for once their spreading habit is welcome and I can leave this area to look after itself.
I haven't done much more in the way of guerrilla gardening, apart from these touches plus the bank of snowdrops started across the way. To make it into a 'proper' garden would look out of place because we have the old hedgerows close by. But to my mind the area does need some enhancement to prevent it from looking too utilitarian and to soften the progression from countryside to urban estate.
So I've instinctively adopted a more Robinsonian approach and as there's plenty of shade, it's been mainly a spring enhancement. Since visiting Mount Usher last September - my first visit to a garden where Robinson's ideas are actively pursued - my mind is turning to other times of the year.
One of the plantings I particularly liked at Mount Usher is the pictured combination with Crocosmia forming a pool of colour beneath each tree. Their grassy, strap-like leaves look good when young too, so I think this is useful inspiration to bring home for late summer here.
It just so happens I have some Crocosmia 'Emberglow' planted in the wrong place in the back garden. It should be a minor job to transfer their affections to the front, where I can employ my guerrilla tactics to great(er) effect. I always thought these corms needed the bright sunshine and dry conditions of the large terrace bed, so it was good to see them working well in a woodland setting too.
Do you have any plans for guerrilla gardening this year?
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