A Bit of Set Dressing in the Garden1st March 2016 • General • Stephanie Donaldson
The corner underneath the mimosa tree has been looking rather sad and neglected. It’s a difficult spot because the roots of the tree make it difficult to get anything to grow there and at some point I will extend the paved area in front of it, where I have my pot pond and a selection of seasonal displays. We have also cut the ivy growing on the wall hard back before any birds start nesting. The ivy will recover quickly, but in the meantime I felt the need to make things a bit more interesting by moving pots of box from elsewhere in the garden, adding my collection of rhubarb forcers, the bottle dryer that holds some of my terracotta pots and a chimney pot topped with a stone ball. They draw the eye away from the bare wall for the next few weeks and form a more decorative backdrop to the spring bulbs.