When I was a little girl (even littler than now) I used to read a comic strip about a dolls’ hospital. I can’t for the life of me remember now what it was called or any of the details, but the idea of the dolls’ hospital has stuck with me.
So much so that this blog post is about that very idea, well not a dolls’ hospital but hospital corner of the garden.
Last year, if you can’t remember back that far go read the blog post, we planted lots of flowers in pots in the garden just to get some colour and pretty it up a bit while we worked on the “final version”.
A lot of those flowers thrived and we did end up with lots of colour in a short period of time, however with creating the new flower border along the fence, we had to remove those flowers from their pots and plant them in the soil.
Mostly this worked a treat, but we did have some flowers that were a wee bit poorly and hadn’t taken well to the winter or being confined to the pots. So for these flowers, rather than throw them out (see Luke we are learning to be thriftier), we created a little hospital corner where the flowers would be sheltered from the wind and frost and could be helped into good health.
The place we chose for this is a corner of the garden right next to our patio doors; it’s sheltered by the house and the garden fence. It doesn’t get direct sunlight and usually misses the frost.
This proved to be a good idea as these poorly little bundles of leaves are now blooming brilliantly and hospital corner is now as colourful and lovely as the other beds.
Every so often, when we find a wee plant that’s struggling, we move it to hospital corner and I expect if things carry on as well, one day that corner of the garden will be packed with gorgeous flowers and be a show piece of its own.
Funnily enough, it is also the most weed free part of the garden, so maybe it luckily has turned out to be the ideal spot for nursing these wee things back to health.
Now since this turned out to be such a success, we decided that we weren’t just going to give up on plants that looked like they’d had their last days. Especially given that we have so many gorgeous plants in our garden and they add so much beauty.
So the next plants to get the hospital treatment were some fuchsias which were stunning last year, but didn’t seem to have survived the winter. (Birthday present from Leigh)
Last year they were stunning, looking like this and they were some of my favourite plants in the garden.
We had two types, the pink and purple which were in hanging baskets and white and red which were in a big planter.
Unfortunately after winter and all the frosts and general bad weather we’ve had here in the Costa Del Musselburgh, these poor things were just a pile of twigs and showed no signs of coming back to life.
So instead of putting them in hospital corner, because I really thought they were beyond that. We made a special intensive care unit for them, in the greenhouse.
I honestly didn’t expect much, these were just a bunch of twigs.
But, given the success of hospital corner, and our vow to not just throw plants out without trying, we planted them up in some good potting soil and put them in a sunny spot in the greenhouse and waited…
And guess what?
We have life on three of the plants. I’m going to keep them in the greenhouse for a bit longer until they are stronger and have started really growing, then I’ll transfer them out into their own little spots (once the weather improves a bit).
These are probably the most exciting plants of this year, they are so pretty and I loved having them in the garden so to see them spring back to life is amazing.