New Year, New Project!

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New Year, New Project!

I do enjoy walking around my garden in a morning looking at what’s going on, groups of snowdrops are flowering a whole month earlier than last year, others are in bud with plenty more to follow. The first winter aconites are up too at the opposite end of the garden to the woodland/wildlife garden so I’m guessing the soil has been a little more moist there whereas the woodland garden had been much dryer during the year. Other bulbs like crocuses, tulips, irises and daffodils have their noses up too showing that the years of mini projects and annual adding to my collections are paying off and I’m looking forward to seeing even more colour this year.

Being a keen gardening I’m always thinking of what to do next and I have a little project in mind for early spring.

My kniphofia patch needs revitalising this year! It used to look very healthy with vibrant red hot pokers growing below a very tall Australian Cabbage Palm with a pair of smaller ones; all was well until that bad winter of 2010 killed them off.

The following late spring I dug them up and started clearing that area. The gravel became more mixed into the soil, I added a few more kniphofias and over the last few years they’ve struggled despite my adding more soil and plants.

Little baby cordylines still continue to grow through and they get away with it for a while hiding among the strappy kniphofia leaves; when I see them I dig them up, but obviously not wanting to damage the kniphofias I probably don’t get the whole plant out and so up they sneak again.

This year will be different I’m going to give that patch a nice fresh look by digging up the kniphofias and cordyline roots. The soil and gravel will be removed too and replaced with some good loamy soil and plenty of organic matter. I’m hoping that this will do the trick and while that job is in progress I will have several varieties of fresh kniphofia seedlings growing away in my heated propagator ready to plant in the early summer once they’ve hardened off. Any salvaged kniphofias will be grown on in containers ready for planting when the frosts have finished.