Over the past week I have been working in the sunken garden. Things are finally starting to look a little tidier.
Let's see what grows here.
Skullcaps- Both the pink skull cap Scutellaria suffrutescens and the purple skullcap, Scutellaria wrightii. All have been pruned. I prefer them to have a rounded appearance although some will never achieve the pretty ball shapes. this one is certainly looking like it has the potential to make the grade.
Pink crystal grass, Melinis nerviglumis I may finally be over my love affair with this grass. It seeds everywhere, in among the plants, and its wiry tufts are almost impossible to remove. Having said that I have cut many of them back to see how well they come out of winter dormancy. I used to think that Mexican feather grass was a heavy seeder but it is no match for crystal grass. It's going to be a big year for the blue eyed grass. I have never seen so many, some in beautiful big clumps. Some not well placed but I won't be moving them.
Asparagus fern, Asparagus densiflorus 'Srengeri'It begins to look as though the asparagus fern has finally won out over the Salvia greggii. And no wonder. The ground is bare around the plant and is filled with its bulbous roots. I have to decide whether to let it remain. It lost all its needle-like foliage this winter. I cut it back to the ground and now new leaf strands are shooting out of the ground.
I see a gopher plant seedling in one of the cracks. Not sure whether to try to remove it.
These two little iris, Iris reticulata, are the earliest of the spring bloomers and it is only by chance that I saw them today. They are almost buried by poppy foliage. I think they deserve a more prominent place in the rockery.
Here's the first bluebonnet flower. It's growing out of a hole in one of the ledge stones so its growth is a little stunted.
I had to redo the thyme bed this year. All the plants had become too woody and sometimes you just have to bite the bullet. This time I planted, silver thyme, lemon thyme and German thyme. The gardener at Highgrove was not wrong when he talked about how much work it was to maintain the thyme walkway at Highgrove!