Green roof bulbs triumph

Nothing helps shorten the seemingly interminable English winter more than early spring bulbs – bright and hopeful in the brief moments of sunlight that pierce our typical grey skies.  In this regard the green roof has proved itself unexpectedly successful, and created a fantastic display (of which the above is just a tiny portion) far earlier in the year than I expected.

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The Green Roof – in June

Here is a view across part of the green roof, showing how far it has come on since my last Green Roof update. The plants have become establishes, and I have added many new plants which are all thriving in just 7 to 13cm of soil, with only occasional watering – once or twice per month – to help them through their first year.

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The Green Roof – two months after planting

Only a couple of months after planting and the thrift is in flower. The Ice plants (Sedum spectabile) are fleshing out into stocky clumps with their old seed heads still providing textural interest and contrast. The clump of pale green grass in the mid-right foreground is Carex ‘Evergold’, to the far left Festuca glauca. The seed heads towards the top are from the white Pasque flower (pulsatilla vulgaris  ‘Alba’) which I added a few weeks ago.

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