Do you remember that I mentioned that a watering can had gone missing from our plot greenhouse? As we had started to need to water regularly on the plot and carrying two watering cans is more productive and balanced that one, we decided to pay a visit to a local garden centre to buy a replacement.
Whilst we were there we decided to have lunch in their café after which we had to look around the plant area. It's compulsory isn't it when at a garden centre? Actually I did need (yes really need) some more plants for the pebble garden. There was still the lower 'shelf' to plant up.
The small 'alpine' type plants were priced as an offer if you bought six and so we chose six small plants. Then I remembered that I needed to replace the laminum that died off from the base of the birdbath in the blue and white border. I decided a spreading campanula would work. I decided I'd buy one of the larger plants for this area but when I found the campanula it was sitting close to an ajuga which would also fit the bill. I couldn't decide on which one so bought both. Then I noticed that these plants were on offer if you bought three so - you've guessed it haven't you?
Nine plants in our baskets we headed into the shop for some other bits and pieces and then quickly escaped.
We bought Achillea Tormentosa, Ajuga Rainbow, Arabis Blepharophylla Rose Delight, Campanula Garganica, Erodium Bishops Form, Geranium Vision Violet, Mimulus Highland Red, Pulsatilla Vulgans White and Saponaria Ocymoides
The six small ones have been added to the pebble garden 'shelf'.
As these won't really get sunlight for the whole day and also if the pond fills with too much water some does trickle down and wet this area. I am hoping they will survive and grow well. The mimulus is in the bit that will potentially suffer most from pond trickle.
Can you see the brown dry plant third from the left on the upper area. Birds have now decided to pull this out for nest building so the tiny spark of life has been snuffed out. I think I'll need something to replace it. I also wonder whether I 'need' another plant for the far right of the shelf? Oh and don't you have to buy six plants as they are on offer?
The upper area of the pebble garden is filling well.
Guess what we forgot to buy during our visit? That's right - we came away without a watering can, however, Jan a plot neighbour found our missing can three plots away, seemingly just thrown on another plot but missing the rose. It must have gone exploring - isn't it strange how inanimate objects can do that?
Update: The watering can, Jan found wasn't ours - the plot owner hadn't put it away and so it has been returned and ours is still on the run.