The back of the house is where the more practical greenery is,, the sort that ends up on your dinner plate. In the conservatory and on the terrace (I know 'terrace' sounds pretentious but I don't like calling it a 'patio', so maybe call it a yard?) are pots of courgettes, broad beans, tomatoes, various herbs and more, all waiting to be planted in the ground or in Grow Bags or large tubs.
Meanwhile the front garden's not had so much work on it lately. Quite a few things are growing that I put in last year, more in hope than expectation. Foxgloves and hollyhocks are pushing upwards, and this one very pretty, unidentified as yet flower.
It's nestled in a corner next to the dill. So delicate but what vibrant colours.
A few California Poppies are starting to appear, along with an odd cornflower peeking up. I need to keep adding bags of organic matter to these beds in order to build up the goodness in 'em. Hopefully in years to come there'll be a sea of flowers each spring and summer. I don't want to go for that council-flowerbed approach of one flower here, another carefully placed four inches away, another four inches away. You know the effect, neat but a trifle dull. I want romantic drifts of flowers buzzing with bees. I love hearing 'proper' gardeners - the Monty Don sort - talk about planting flower borders. How there's a rhythm to them, how the colour in one part picks up the colour in another, how the height and shape and texture of different plants are given consideration to create a harmonious effect. I don't expect to reach that level, but I can dream, can't I?
This photo looks anything but romantic. Yup, they're breeze blocks, and this brutalist grey construction is a bit of a state at the moment. You see, I'd love a few handsome stone sinks as planters. One with herbs, another with Alpines. Only sinks are expensive. Hence the DIY version. I've started pebble-dashing it, and fingers crossed it'll look good once it's completed and planted up. This one's in a slightly shaded position by the fence, so I can't put Mediterranean herbs here, but it's effectively a raised bed so there's a lot that'll flourish in it.
If it's a successful construction I'll build another couple in the front garden which gets the mid afternoon through to early evening sun, and can be a right little suntrap on a good day. As I'm gardening on a budget I'm re-using breeze blocks that were left in the garden when I moved in, so these 'sinks' will cost me nothing besides a few tub of grouting and my time. I look forward to showing you 'before' and 'after' photos of my handiwork.
Okay, let's start this Monday off on a good footing. Check if plants want watering, riffle through the seed tin to see what still needs sowing, check the bird feeders are topped up. Oh, I'd better wash the dishes and hoover too. Can't ignore the household chores for ever ...
Moved from a garden-less city flat in the South West to a Yorkshire village in 2016. I now have a garden ... of sorts.