The sea holly, which had disappeared during the heat wave last summer, has re-appeared. The big dude’s delighted. I’d protected and marked the spot with a broken tool handle, which we’ve now removed. It’s likely that the very heavy clay soil it’s planted into is not good for it. As coastal plants they would naturally prefer well draining, gritty ground. We may adjust the conditions by adding some grit around the base of the plant. And we’re also not going to over-water it. With any luck it will come out stronger and more resilient than ever.
The great Malink had been very vexed when it disappeared last summer, and repeatedly threatened to dig it out. But I always cautioned against it – on the principle that the plant might come back, and also that even dead roots keep weeds out. And here we are: the super-powers of plants!
In the top left corner you can see the small glossy leaves of wild celandine growing in under the rose hedge. Probably considered by some a ‘weed’, I love celandine – low growing, glossy, found in shady spots that are otherwise empty of interest, that sport bright cheerful yellow flowers (also glossy!) in the early spring. So I’ll leave it growing.
Another plant growing on it’s own which we’ll leave in place is the clump of bluebell.
It grows in what otherwise is naturally a ‘path’ running along the side of the damask rose fence that is edged with terracotta pots (just visible in this photo).
In addition to the pots is a line of rusted old garden tools – all found buried under bushes and revealed in the process of clearing the plot.
The whole of the top level has been generously wood chipped to stop it being slippery in the rain – the ground is solid clay and gets slick when wet. Thank goodness for all that free wood chip arranged by the allotment committee.