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September 6th

Only a little late with this one. Was a smidge later with the photos than I'd hoped too. Ah well. 

September 6th 2016

The rudbeckia (bright yellow, on the right) are fully out now. I love them. There was a modern garden in Sussex Uni fully planted with these. I never had any success growing them in Brighton though. Here I suddenly have my very own patch. The plant behind them has also shot up. That's a ceanothus, although this year it didn't really flower. I'm hopeful for next year. 

September 6th 2016

A lot of the other colour has died back though. The rose is done for now. The catepillers ate all of the nasturtium. I'm hoping that at least means there were a few more butterflies in the world, and I didn't really need the pesto I was planning. 

September 6th 2016

The runner beans have been a lovely thing though. They were really tasty, although I think the ones left now may be a little tough. Fortunatly the french beans that I put in the potato pots are just about ready to eat, so we won't be without. 


Garden update - 6th August

Very late. At least I got the photos taken.

August 6th 2016

Beautiful sunny day. The rudbeckia are almost out, lots of flowers.

August 6th 2016

You can see the bright red of the Soldier Boy rose on the arch. And the lovely nasturtiums in the herb bed.

August 6th 2016

And I've finally managed to support the apple tree.

It really was a beautiful day. Been a pretty good summer, all in. I can't believe how much it's all grown.


Garden diary - July 3rd

Better late than never, right? 

July 3rd 2016

The foxgloves are flowering and everything got a bit bushier. 

July 3rd 2016

The early alliums are finished, but the seed heads are still spectacular. The rest of the bed is starting to grow up towards them. I've put the wigwam in for the runner beans, but they are a long way off the top of the canes yet. 

July 3rd 2016

The pots have all filled out a bit more and the clemetis are further up the arch. It's all growing at a rate of knots. And it's not quite a year old yet!


Garden diary - 30th May 2016

I've decided that the garden is now developing quickly enough to warrent monthly shots. Actually, I should probably have started in March. Hindsight is wonderful! So today we took the first batch, which will count for the start of June. 

There aren't as many different parts of the garden to take in this house! So that means I can get a few more angles in instead. The first is from the corner of the house out towards the south east:

May 30th 2016

I do like the blue shed. I really do. 

The next angle is from the shed back across, so the reverse of that previous shot:

May 30th 2016

That shot captures the best view of the acer. 

And finally the other diagonal, from the compost bins back to the garage:

May 30th 2016

It's a pretty grey day here, high cloud but solid. The garden doesn't seem to be minding too much though. 

The shots are taken with a wide-angle lens, so might make the garden look bigger than it is. Most of the shrubs are still pretty tiny, so there's lots of change going to happen over the next few years. It is all well under way though, and so far I'm really pleased. 


Garden diary - Tiny seeds of hope

I'm discovering it is almost impossible to take a decent shot of this garden. This will have to do.

May 2015

It shows a little tiny bit of progress, and the weedy grass that is growing at least hides the mud. This kind of starts to show the shape that the garden will (hopefully) eventually have. That bare patch at the back left, that's where the potting shed will go. Staying on that side of the garden, there will be a small patio house-side of the shed, which our big bench will live on and I will sit on to catch the last of the evening sun. The rest of that side will be dug out to the depth that you can sort of see down at the bottom of the picture, but that huge area will be broken into a series of keyhole beds with paths letting me get right into them. 

The bed on the right hand side looks finished, but actually we haven't quite dug all the way to the house yet. Both sides will be edged by a path made of the same flagstones as the patio that the builders built for us - one heading straight for the compost bins (well, nearly straight anyway), and one heading straight for that other patio. A wooden arch will go over the righthand path. There will also be a path across the back to join the two together, probably house-side of that birdtable. That back bit will be another huge planting area. The bits at the back and on the right are hopefully going to mostly be filled with (eventually) large-ish shrubs, for the birds and critters to enjoy and hopefully stop us having to do too much to them. The beds on the left are the sunniest spot, so they will get the more herbaceous stuff and probably need more work to go with them. Hence the keyhole bed system. Inside the paths will be grass. It's not going to be a lot of grass, but I think it will be nice and Clarkie pointed out that we've got an almost-new lawnmower. 

It's a fairly rectilinear scheme, but Clarkie wanted a little more formality than we had in the last garden. I can't say I blame her! The planting areas are generous, and are going to take quite a lot to fill, but eventually they should help to soften the whole thing. There's quite a lot of hard landscaping to be done yet and we're going to need to learn a lot to get it done, but at least there's starting to be a shape to it.

I've been going through my seed box, and almost everything is well out of date so I've decided I'm just going to throw as much of the flower seed on the new beds as I can. Whatever comes up will be a bonus, and it will help me tidy out the old seeds without feeling guilty! Earlier today I scattered a mixture of white nigella, californian poppy and poppy 'mother of pearl' across the bed between the cherry tree and the compost bins - if it comes up, it'll look great. We've had some fairly intense showers here today (hence the puddles), and hopefully that will help get something growing.

Compost tally:

  • 200l of General purpose compost
  • 90l of Ericaceous compost