I have long wanted a fern in my garden and finally a couple of weeks ago I acquired two from RHS Wisley. These were destined for the spot between the fence and the pond.
However, two weeks ago, the phacelia was in full swing and the bumblebees were loving it. It therefore didn’t seem the best time to plant anything else, so the ferns have had to wait until now to get their feet in the soil.
I’ve put cardboard round the ferns to minimise weed/phacelia competition. Hopefully, it will also help the soil retain moisture, particularly until the ferns grow and cover the soil more themselves.
I think there are spaces for other plants along that border
but I will see how the ferns progress first. In the meantime, I have amassed a large amount of phacelia seed. The bumblebees continued to feed off it even when it was in a pile on the ground but I wonder if the recent rain hasn’t sent them a little doolally. One tried the same on my plain brown jumper this morning.