The month of fully filled out Fairegardens!
The cause for celebration, in addition to the entrance of the riotous blooms of mid-spring, is the happiness of vole free plantings along the lower deck wall. Last fall the decision was made to wage all out, no holds barred war against the vole kingdom that lived within the concrete confines of the long narrow bed. All of the soil was removed, wire hardware cloth was laid, coarse gravel next, then the soil was replaced. Bulbs were planted, Allium karataviense, perhaps 10, the leftovers from middle terrace plantings, 100 Allium bulgaricum and 50 Fritillaria pontica, overlayed with golden Sagina subulata ‘Aurea’. A post was written about the process that can be seen by clicking here-How To Stop The Voles-The Wall Project. The barrier seems to have worked, there are no holes or missing bulbs. Whether these bulbs will return remains to be seen, but the Scotch Moss looks healthy and has filled in nicely. In the bed formerly known as the heather bed in the space just above the wall, orange Papaver orientale have seeded about with this year being the best flower showing ever. Pink Digitalis purpurea adds to the festive feel, as does the stick wielding LTB, offspring of offspring Semi.