On Tuesday 1st July, exactly 4 weeks since they were started, the Carpet Beds have been planted up. This is one of the quickest times for this to be done and I think the fabulous weather this year has helped. Sometimes heavy rain has stopped work on the beds for several days over the last few year but this year we have had very little. Karen has been able to get out every day to plant out the 25,000 plants.
This may sound like an easy job, lying on a plank in the sun for 4 weeks planting out the design, but its not. I hate to think how many times Karen has been bitten by midges – she would probably say thousands – she needed to tape her fingers every day to stop getting blisters, you get sore elbows, knees, hip etc because lying in the same position on a narrow plank of wood is definitely not comfy! So yes, Karen now has a lovely glowing tan but its not the easiest job to be done.
Karen works off a plank which sits above the bed because it allows access to the whole bed and is the traditional method to work on the Carpet Beds. Unfortunately for her, just because the beds are planted up doesn’t mean she can put the plank away – from now until November, when the plants get lifted, the beds need maintained. This includes weekly weeding and clipping using hand held sheep shears – another traditional tool for the job.
Personally I am quite glad the beds are planted up, because as much as I love helping to prepare the plants, I have to work ‘behind the scenes’ and I miss being out in the garden, particularly at this time of year when its looking fabulous.
So the photos above show the finished product. We hope you like it.