I thought I should report on the front path to our house. It's not a very inspiring part of the garden, more of a chore to take care of. It's involved lots of destruction, cutting down plum trees and ornamental plums. They were pretty, but they constantly just into the narrow path and they were so shaded by the birches they'd go mildewy by the autumn. So now this is all that's left - three lovely birch trees with camellias at one end and my kaffir lime at the other.
But I'm slowly starting to integrate some plants into the bed. One annoyance is that blackbirds love kicking the barkdust into the path so I'm planting some creepers to keep the bark in place. The first thing I planted was some cuttings of Kenilworth ivy. Remember these? Back in January they were little threads I'd pinched from a crack in the sidewalk. Now there are three or four lush clumps already forming little purple flowers (you can't really see them in this photo).
But I also decided to mix it up with some native violets. They're shade-lovers and look remarkably similar to Kenilworth ivy; if you look closely the leaves are shaped slightly differently. I had to buy these but split the plant into two before planting it.
In addition to some creepers, I'm slowly planting some taller shade-lovers along the fence. I've planted some cuttings of plectranthus but so far one died and two aren't thriving very well, we'll see how they go. But I also bought a little white calla lily. It's flowering for the first time now. It's tiny now but one day will be a big, lush clump!
Hopefully one day this walk will be a lush, beautiful welcome walk to our house.