We've been having some work done on the garden. For a while I've wanted to get rid of the decking as I felt that it didn't seem to work with the rest of the garden and I was hoping to increase the size of flower beds by removing it. That combined with the fact that after rain it was as slippery as an ice rink meant that the deck's days were numbered!
Here's the before (on the left) and after (on the right). It's still a bit messy but I have gained a lot more bed space. I now need to raise the soil level to the height of the wall, make some bed plans and then get planting!
I'm trying to get more organised with my gardening and have started to plan what I am growing. In the assortment of pots and growing trays on the table I have sown; April in Paris sweet pea, Euphorbia Oblongata; Mauve Larkspur and Painted Lady sweet pea.
|Images from Sarah Raven|
From my first gardening year I've learnt a few lessons. Firstly, only buy perennial plants as these will last, if you buy annuals you are effectively throwing money away as they will die after their first year. So it best to sow these from seed. Secondly, try to be more organised with planting and sowing; if you want to grow more from seed then you will need to allow more time for them to become hardy seedlings that you can plant in the ground. And thirdly and one of the hardest things for me to remember is to plant in swathes rather than individually. When I go to a garden centre I almost always get carried away and buy one of each plant rather than limit myself to a few and buy a couple of each.
I'm also not going to bother with plug plants via post anymore as I was rather disappointed with what I received last year - maybe I should have potted them on first before planting them straight out?
I like to think that I am learning; a few weekends ago we went round a garden centre and although I wanted to buy practically everything I managed to limit myself to only buy a few things that were for spring planting. So I bought a couple of pulmonarias (or lungworts) with lovely speckled leaves and a beautiful almond scented Montana clematis with pink flowers.
While I was out in the garden earlier today I managed to snap a few photos of Ivy, to me it looks like Ivy is thinking the following:
|Photos 1, 2, 3 and 4|
Photo 2 - "Oh hello, Charlotte says you're a bee and that we need to make you welcome in the garden. Would you like to stay for tea?"
Photo 3 - "Hey where you going? You didn't even answer my question!"
Photo 4 - "Hmmm. Snubbed by a bee, sure hope Holly doesn't find out about this!"
I guess I'd better make sure that I include lots of bee friendly plants in my garden as well!