Last year the spring walk gave me so much pleasure that I decided to extend it last autumn so that now it is at least half as long again as it was before. Even more pleasure I hope!
In autumn 2013 I enlarged the back border by straightening the path and making it slightly narrower. I couldn’t have been more pleased with result.
So last autumn (2014) I continued the straightening process, past the fig, to a point where the border meets the boundary fence. This isn’t the actual boundary of our property as previous owners, who had dogs, had fenced the garden cutting off a part which is on top of a tuffo outcrop. I hope the image helps you understand how this works. Under the tuffo outside the fence is what was once, probably, an Etruscan tomb but which had for many years been used as a stable for animals with a manger all along one wall and drainage, lighting etc. Sadly it is too damp to use for anything, a case of wine lost their labels within a month or so of being put there so now it has just a few plastic pots – but I digress.
At the point where the path meets the fence I’d like to put in an arch with or without a gate to reach the area outside which isn’t flat but I might be able to use in some way, if only I could think of how! As it isn’t fenced outside animals can reach it so I don’t think it is suitable for bulbs and the soil is very shallow so nothing large would grow there. But again I digress.
I planted more tulips and Dutch Iris, Allium and Anemone coronaria and moved some clumps of Muscari.
I bought one pack of a mix of tulips, the same as I’d used along the rest of the path then mixed in 25-30 bulbs of packs I’d bought separately, creating I hope an interesting random mix; the rest of the tulips where planted in drifts of each colour among the mix to give swathes of concentrated colour, we’ll see how it all works in spring.
For a taste of things to come, here’s the spring walk in April 2014.
Are you making plans for changes to your garden in the coming year, if you are, do share your ideas.