Soooo - remember when I told you I accidentally ended up with three tree ferns? Well, after a Winter of dressing them up as pirates there has finally been the great unwrapping. Their headscarves and straw padding have been removed until Winter returns.
The smallest of the three, Oddbod Junior Junior, was in a pot in the Courtyard Garden. Having just said that I do not intend to make the same mistakes again I decided that I would plant it into the border to be closer to the other two. It had survived one winter outside so I am hopeful that whilst small, it is big enough if protected to be ok.Great Dixter six years ago (six years!!) which I had found very inspirational but somehow had never managed to quite put into practice. Suddenly, inspired by the tree ferns, I had something I could work around, a foundation that would pull this border together.
The tree ferns have inspired me to reevaluate my planting of this year and that is always a good thing. After years of not being happy with this border, with it never really achieving what I had in my mind; this year it has been a delight. I wonder now what next year will bring.