I’m clearly not getting back into the swing of blogging about the garden, I think I’m just quite distracted by the house (I’m trying to get it better organised) and sewing, but the garden hasn’t been completely neglected, in fact the veg patch is in a pretty good state, despite the setback of having the delivery lady leave the gate open when we were away (she was putting a parcel in the greenhouse) and as a result the rabbits taking out EVERYTHING that was growing.
The borders are the main neglected area, I’ve pretty much let them fend for themselves this year and as a result the plants are heavily interspersed with weeds. I’ve decided to just let it be this year and focus on growing vegetables and cut flowers.
I do have to address the geranium psilostemon though. It’s self seeded like crazy and some of the clumps need to be removed, which is proving difficult as the roots are firmly fixed into the ground, I may have to resort to spraying them, although I do hope not. It reminded me that I don’t think I’ve ever posted this photo. I took it some years ago to show what happens if you cut the geranium back after it’s first flowering, as you can see by the patch on the right (the left was not cut, to show the comparison) you will get a second flush of stems and flowers, not quite as vigorous as the first, but certainly better than a pile of dead looking soggy leaves.
The bees are busy and they LOVE the mathiasella ‘Green Dream’ that I planted a couple of years ago. It’s been a real winner of a plant, with lovely tall stems and it’s great for cutting for the house. It’s also survived the rabbits, which are causing real problems in the main garden, they took out all the lupins and the Japanese anemone (which is attempting a come back, I think) amongst others. I’m quite worried that all the spring plants I spent ages putting in on the side border wont return as they also got nibbled, after flowering. As I type there are…….12 rabbits in the garden and 3 fat wood pigeons. We really need to get the entire fence rabbit proofed as it’s the only way to control the problem and since loosing my cat over Easter (to old ages and illness) the problem has increased.
The roses are doing well this year, I found these two in the side border, both of which I’d forgotten I’d planted. I’m not even sure what they are but the spray rose is lovely, I think I remember buying it for exactly that reason, small, multiple heads that slowly open to end up as frilly pale pink flowers (which appears to be the case). I’ll try to find out what it is, at some point.
The patch is making a come back, after the rabbit attack, quite a few plants must have had enough roots to return, or were munched in such a way that they have survived. It’s all a bit scruffy and could do with a good tidy up, but we have:
- salad leaves
- carrots (under netting to deter the root flies and rabbits!)
- x5 purple mange tout (all the rest got eaten)
- barlotti beans (making a come back after being pretty much wiped out)
- broad beans
- garlic (nearly ready to pull…rabbits don’t like garlic, it would appear)
- red spring onions (left in from last year, now going to seed, the new ones got eaten)
- perennial spinach
- alpine strawberries (again, munched to the ground by rabbits, but making a slow return)
- red peppers
There are also some herbs (Thai basil, sweet basil, lemon grass, thyme, rosemary, sage, mint, lemon balm, garlic chives, regular chives, coriander, parsley & marjoram), a bed of mixed cutting flowers plus all the self seedlings from last year, such as cosmos, that I’m leaving in place for transplanting later. Oh and the triffid looking thing near the greenhouse is a swiss chard that’s gone to seed. I may as well let it be and collect the seeds once developed.
This is the view a couple of weeks ago from the house. It’s difficult to photograph as it’s been rather sunny here and the shadows are very deep, this was on a rare cloudy day. The hedge has been clipped and at the end of the year I’m going to cut back the gooseberry bushes and shape the currants so it all looks a lot neater. One day, we might even get proper gates! I was hoping to show you a nice photo, this one is a bit messy as I managed to break the lawnmower being over zealous with the long meadow like grass so there will be no more lawn trimming until it’s fixed. You can also see the new fence and decking area we put in last year.This is a ‘before’ photo and as you can see, we gained huge amounts of garden by decking out the back area behind the shed. We also gained a good couple of meters along the fence side, where we trimmed the bottom of the trees off, to make space for the fence (it used to just be a low stone wall, which is still there, with overgrown scrub behind it, it was not very private or safe, so sadly needed fencing in).
We have school sports day today, I had hoped to get out and pull a few weeds but the temperature is already rising and I’m no good at gardening in the sun. I must be one of the only Brits that actually likes clouds and rain. Still, there are lots of things to do indoors so I’d best get on and hopefully we’ll be eating some homegrown produce in coming weeks….that’s always the best bit :)