The woodland border

30 May

The shadier side of the garden, which has a fence and established trees to the south side i’ve planted mainly with woody plants from the aralia family, underplanted with some of the more charismatic perennials i’ve laid my hands on. I always had a fancy for an area made up of plants from the Araliaceae and Araceae families.
The appearance of it is helped by having been mulched. Mulch gives it more of the look of a forest floor and provides something like the leaf mould that many of the plants would prefer to grow in, but which I don’t have available. Instead, the mulch I used is the remains of the privet hedge once it was cut down, shredded in a machine and left to compost for a few months. Surely feeding a Schefflera or an Arisaema has to be the best use a privet hedge can be put to. It definitely beats what most privet hedges get up to, which mainly involves invading half the width of the pavement and collecting discarded crisp packets. But I digress. Here’s an overview

Magnolia laevifolia flowered well. What a beauty

It barely rained in March or April, which was weird. It was no good at all for unestablished thirsty young trees, especially when the temperature this month got up to 25c. Add to that the three consecutive frosty nights we had in April, and the Spring foliage leaves something to be desired.

Schefflera alpina looks quite well

I wonder what’s been eating Magnolia macrophylla 

Tetrapanax has dealt with all the weather. I notice now how much thicker the trunk is than other woody plants of the same height. Chunky.

Kalopanax septemlobus v.Magnificus looking good. I’m not sure what I think about the leaves growing all the way up the stem though.

Cardiocrinum taking the usual beating from what seems like all of the garden pests. I’ve two Cardiocrinums. One flowered last year and the other is elongating, ready to flower this year.

Arisaemas unfurling, Lilium lancifolium in the background

Blechnum chilense and the Illicium are just starting to get going despite the dryness. I water them, but it doesn’t have the same effect as a few hours of drizzle.

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