We also pulled out the dozen or so gladioli I had plonked throughout the flower bed. They were lovely but in the wrong places really, and too spread out from one another. At least I know lovely flowers can be grown in our garden, but I have learnt to plan their positions a bit better next time!
Talking about planning, I have turned to Pinterest for bulb-planting inspiration and I think I have seen what I am going to do for next year...
I love clusters of the same flower and I think I have mustered enough skills in the last 12 months to achieve this look. I have quite a few pots and I went on a little spree a few weeks ago and bought bulbs for daffs, tulips, crocuses and muscari. I don't have any of the big hyacinths but that's easily remedied! I also bought some white and blue alliums (but I don't think 5 will be enough!!), some more anemones and some snowdrops, too.
And how gorgeous does this gladioli patch look?! Definitely something to try this time round. It is just so striking and lovely.
In other news, the good old geraniums are still going strong and I rescued a mirror my neighbour had left out on the street for the rag and bone man. Any ideas for it would be great! I am still in love with the lavender and feeling a lot less guilty since I re-potted that patio rose. It's bloomin' blooming now!
I also had my first go at arranging a large planter. I went for thyme and heather to accompany the little conifer, and split an ivy plant I already had. I have no idea if they're well suited to eachother, and it's not a great pic but you get the idea!
Oh yes, and in pulling out weeds and old bulbs, I accidentally wrenched the calendula out! I was mortified... but I quickly planted it in a spare pot and it has bounced back... I hope it will be ok in there! All in all quite an eventful week in the garden, despite starting uni and the rest of the chaos family life brings.