Over the last few weeks we’ve been working on the front and back garden at the same time. Because we’ve been adding little bits here and there I didn’t realise how much we’d actually done until I found some old photos on my camera card.
The front garden
The borage is nearly a whopping 1 metre tall and is so big I’ve had to tie it to canes to support the stalks and the huge amount of flowers. A few weeks ago it was only about 15cm tall. The flowers are edible but they are nice to look at and the bees love them so I’ve not picked any.
The Hebe Sapphire I ordered online that arrived looking a bit dead has sprung to life and I’ve spotted some flower buds.
I’ve seen lupins flowering in other peoples gardens but nothing appears to be happening with ours yet. The leaves are nice to look at even if there aren’t any flowers.
dodgey experimental rose pruning efforts weren’t so bad afterall because our rose bush is crammed full of flowers. There are now enough of them to make the front garden smell nice.
I love these pompoms of pale pink flowers on the Verbana Coral.
The back garden
Until this week the raised beds were looking a bit empty because most things have been grown from seed. The first row of spinach is ready to eat. I’ve planted four rows of it successionally so we should have a steady supply rather than a glut all at once. Although we gannit our way through big bags of supermarket spinach in a few days so it wouldn’t go uneaten.
The kale has grown 10cm in 2 weeks. It won’t be ready for a long time so I hope it tastes as good as I think it will.
And I found the first few broad bean pods! I’ve never grown broad beans before so if anyone has any tips please drop me a comment below!
I read they can be mobbed by blackfly so I thought I’d experiment with companion planting and put some nasturtiums nearby.
These strawberry plants came with us from our flat. After the move they spent too long in their plastic pots. Then were then attacked by caterpillars because they were some of the only living plants in a fully paved garden. But despite all of that they are setting fruit. Troopers.
And lastly I want to introduce you to my new favourite herb. Lemon thyme. All the deliciousness of thyme with some lemony zing. I think it’ll taste fantastic with roast chicken or some new potatoes. Thyme is my most used herb in the kitchen so I want it to get a bit larger before I start trimming bits off.
Lately we’ve been referred to as ‘the couple who are always out in the garden’ a few times. People stop and ask me what I’ve planted and one man even thanked us for putting the troughs up because it made the street looks nice. I like it when I’m in the kitchen and I see people have a nose over the garden wall.