It’s like Watership Down out there, there are more rabbits eating our lawn than is even normal for us, 8 as I write this post and they have a permanent wet looking coats with all the rain we are getting, so I feel sorry for them but in return they are getting some very lush grass to eat.
I was worried that some of the sun-loving plants would be unhappy with this permanent cloud and drizzle but it appears not to be the case, the tomatoes are growing really well and are now being fed weekly with a Tomorite solution. The sweetcorn and peppers are less happy and have now been covered in cloches to create a warmer environment. I am generally worried about the sweetcorn, they are so far behind schedule I’m not convinced we’ll get any decent cobs this year, but I refuse to give up.
This is a photo of the vegetable patch taken from the glass fronted extension on the side of our house. The upper floor of this extension is where my studio is located, so I get to see this view every day, when I am busy working on sewing projects for The Linen Cat. I’m not sure how clear it is but the ‘lawn’ has a nice stripe to it, this is where I, very badly, but a feed and weed solution on recently, the pale stripes are the bits I missed and they are pure clover and moss, it’s something we really need to get on top of as the moss started to creep into the vegetable patch last year and it’s quite difficult to get rid of.
The whole veg patch is surrounded by a fence that is rabbit proof, for the reasons above; I have then grown common box, which is finally getting large enough to shape into a low hedge, in front of the wire fence to hide it and in between there are rosemary, lavender and fruit bushes. As you can see the fruit bushes are getting a little large, I need to decide what to do there and I’m excited about finally shaping the box into a nice neat square.
The gate is an old stair gate from when the boys where young, covered in wire (again to keep it rabbit proof), it has stone slabs underneath so the rabbits can’t dig under. I do plan to put a proper gate on one day, and the ugly frame above is normally covered in sweet pea flowers, something I didn’t get sown last autumn and am badly missing.
This is the border area, which has very mean borders (I think!). If it were up to me, we would have separated the whole garden up and it would have sections, like rooms; with ideally a pond, an orchard area etc, but M has always been adamant it should be left as grass for the boys to play on.
This is about one third of the garden (the border area plus the veg patch together), it folds around 2 sides of the house, the rest is grass, trees and shrubs and we are an end of terrace with 3 neighbours. As you can see the border is a bit messy and lacking in colour, I was sad to notice that very few of the Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ appeared this year, I think it’s time generally to re-vamp the borders. I recently bought some new plants to add to give more seasonal colour and varied height, where needed, but I think that should be a separate post.
There is still much to do in our garden structurally, we just find it difficult to spare the time and money when the house itself is still incomplete. We’re getting there though and I’m in no real hurry, I quite like the slight wildness of it all.