This is our front garden. It’s quite small but at the same time there’s good proportion of growing space. Scott suggested digging up the grass (it’s patchy and full of weeds) and planting a mini wild flower meadow. A great idea! Our vision is that in a few months time we have a cottage garden full of wild flowers.
At the weekend we trimmed back our diseased crab apple tree and thought we might as well dig up the grass at the same time. We’d planned to put lots of Spring bulbs in so it made sense to get the grass up before we planted the bulbs. It’s better to get all of the destruction out of the way in one go right? The patch is now covered with leaves and doesn’t look too bare. It won’t be too long before the flowers appear.
A ring of daffodils will spring up around the base of the tree in late February. I ordered some bluebell bulbs which I’ve planted in a scatter arrangement around and under the tree. Bluebells are found growing under trees and the bees love them so it seemed like a good fit for the garden.
3 new lavender bushes arrived this morning. The lavender we currently have is old and woody. It looks like it was planted and not pruned for years because it’s all stalk and no greenery. I trimmed the bushes back when we moved in but we’ve decided to replace them with young fragrant plants.
For now, the existing lavender plants are part of a dead wood pile for the wildlife. I got the idea from the RSPB’s Give Nature a Home Guide (PDF is on the right). It’s well worth a look if you are wanting to make your garden more wildlife friendly.
The house next to us had been empty for a while so the garden was looking quite overgrown. Last Saturday someone came to jazz it up. They dug up the grass and replaced it with shingle. The turf was going to end up at the tip so I asked if I could have some for our raised beds. The man doing it said yes and was even kind enough to wheelbarrow it round for me. The plan is to cover the turf with compost bags and let it rot down. Then we’ll put compost on top and it’ll be ready for planting our veggies next year.
They were also getting rid of these terracotta pots so we asked if we could have them. The pots are really thick and the fact they are already weathered makes them even nicer.
I spotted this lace like leaf on my hydrangea. I read that it’s best to leave the dead heads on until the Spring to protect the flower buds already grown for next year. So that’s what I’m doing. I was tempted to pick a few to put in the house but I’ll have more flowers next year if I don’t.
This lovely moss was growing on a wall in my village. This shade of green is one of my favourite colours – I once bought sock yarn just because it had this moss green in it!
There are still a few green leaves about.
But most are starting to turn now it’s almost December. The sunny, cold days have made me happy. Finally the Autumn weather I’ve been waiting for.
The view over this garden wall along the lanes has changed a fair amount since the beginning of November. It’s more colourful but looking a bit bare in places.