The very cold weather predicted for last weekend didn’t materialise and turned out to be perfect weather for planting bulbs, warm, and very still. No wind at all is quite unusual in my garden so I took full advantage and have now planted all of the tulips and the majority of the other bulbs. There are still some Iris, Alliums and miscellaneous others waiting to go into the cuttings beds. Yesterday it rained for most of the day but this morning there is a watery sun making photography difficult. Cold nights are again predicted for this weekend.
Some of the Verbascum have already formed beautiful rosettes of silvery leaves.
Whenever I look closely at the slope there is something new to see; at first glance I thought not very much had changed but there are signs of hope for spring; Muscari are already forming thick clumps, not too thick I hope, I’ve already divided lots of Muscari around the garden and don’t think I have the patience to do more now, perhaps in spring when I’ll see new spaces to put them.
With the relatively mild weather there are tiny, new seedlings of Eschscholzia californica, Verbascum and Salvia turkescanica in evidence. There are some weeds too!
The long term plans for the slope are to plant more Cistus and other Mediterranean shrubs to make maintenance easier in future. I love the spontaneity of the annuals but the slope is hard to work on so must require less work in future. I am busy taking cuttings of Cistus but they are slow to grow and the cuttings don’t always take, I think that maybe hardwood cuttings taken now might be more successful than the soft wood ones I took in summer; in the meantime I have rosemary cuttings and marjoram I grew from seed that I will plant to begin the process of creating mounds of different sizes.
Do you sow or plant fillers or temporary plants that you will substitute when your intended planting matures?