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Spring duties continue... lasagne pots and transplanting perennials

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on March 31, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Ive been in the garden for most of the day, took a while to acclimatise to the chilly wind. Where did the sun go?

My Garden is on a corner plot and depending on where Im working, Im either in a wind tunnel, or quite sheltered.  Every so often Im blasted with a chilling wind.  Not pleasant,  but I already feel like Im behind in my Spring prep.

Im bone tired! Im trying to work out if I can urge myself to one further exertion to get the foot spa from the cupboard under the stairs.

I wonder if you can think your feet into a more easy, relaxed state? Refloxology by meditation... 

What I did today:- Potted up more rooted cuttings- this time passion flower (passiflora caerulea), jasmine beesanium and jasmine officinale. They will be nice and big in time for smmer fete season.

I planted some Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia, pic below) in the main garden, in the hope this summer it will form a lovely drift of soft purple colour.

Russian sage- (Perovskia atriplicifolia)

I sowed more verbena bonariensis and gnashed my teeth at discovering a bag of allium christophii bulbs that I had somehow over looked in the autumn.  Ive popped them in, more in hope than expectation that they wil get around to flowerng this year :roll:. 

I had bought several dozen alliums in a variety pack beack in September, and planted them up lasagne layer style with a pale cream tulip whose name  I cant remember atm, along with dark purple Queen of the night tulips and dark red anenomes.  

This was my first time using the lasgne method- I thought I would give it a try as it makes for a much longer season of interest. I used three packs of bulbs per pot.  The tulips have come through nicely. 

Diagram: The lasagne method of planting bulbs in pots.


The anenome foilage alarmed me last October by coming though almost immediately after planting. I was forced to placed all six of my pots in a makeshift cold frame for protection. But thankfully everything is looking good, and the tall graceful tulips have begun to flower well.




I moved my lavendula hidcote, it was in the way of my re shaped lawn edging. A nice big patch of ox-eye daisies got slice in half to make room for the new brockwork. Ive heeled them in over in the vegpatch for now.


Planted out some salvia sown from seed, which Im hoping are purple or blue rather than red.

I also planted out some more aquilegia black barlow which I got from Jeanette a local gardener at last years Hither Green Week plant swap. 

I cooed at my agapathus- again grown from seed- its looking very well having put up a lot of foliage so far this spring.

Im hoping they will flower this year. I have been nursing them for 3 years now and its about time they repayed the investment!

Categories: Gardening at home, Seeds, Pots and Containers

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