Saturday 16 February 2013

Into the cracks and between the steps

Fri 1st Feb
Weather: 6°C. Very wet early part of the day, then sun broke out after lunch and the rain held off.

We cleared the circular step area today. We cut back all the Erigeron karvinskianus and Asplenium scolopendrium (Hart's Tongue Fern) in the cracks of the drystone wall along the upper moat & circular steps, making sure that we didn't touch any of the aubretias as they hate being cut. Then we trimmed the edges of the meadow creeping into the narrow border along the moat, took out the dead leaves of Iris foetidissima & dug out any creeping thistles (Cirsium arvense).

Erigeron karvinskianus growing out of the cracks back in summer 2012

Iris unguicularis can also be found near the steps and the moat at this time of year. Their flowers come up sporadically so as strategically not to all get killed off if there is a frost. When bent down really low, one can intake their sweet gentle scent.

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