|Yew log edging with Ranunculus nemorosus|
The back border has been a troublesome area , being overshadowed to the south by a row of Norway Spruce and an overgrown jungle in the adjacent plot, and thus being rather shaded and dry. A bit of judicious thinning has let in more light, and cultivation has improved the soil, which is actually rather better than average in the garden. I've been planting it up over the past couple of years with tough, drought-tolerant perennials, and many of these are now well established and looking good. Among them is an unusual European woodland buttercup, Ranunculus nemorosus, which produces masses of small yellow flowers for a long time in spring and summer. It's other attractive feature is the heavily pigmented leaves on emergence; they appear brown with a few green patches, but then fade to light gren as they expand. Perhaps in leaner, lighter conditions they would remain coloured longer.
|The Silver Sebrights 'helping' in the back border|
|Philip and the new edging|
|Withington Horse Trials|