Having got off to a flying start, I suffered writers block at the weekend. Maybe I am being too ambitious and a blog once a week is sufficient. It’s difficult being a newbie, and am reading other people’s blogs to spur me on with ideas. I read The Patient Gardener today in which she invites us to join the End of Month View meme. Well, first of all I had to look up the meaning of the word meme thinking it might have been a typo (with apologies to Helen!). You really do learn something new every day a ‘meme’ is: identifies ideas or beliefs that are transmitted from one person or group of people to another.
Now to collect my thoughts about the last year. I have decided just to show photos of the garden through the last year starting with Spring 2010. The Forget me nots are prolific as are the grape hyacinth. They tend to take over but I let them get away with it for a month or so, then pull them up, but they always come back the next year.
Aquilegia are a great favourite of mine and in May they come into their own – below are a few photos of the various ones I have. I must be more vigilant with keeping a note on their names. However, a lot self-seed and don’t come true the next year but that is the fun of Aquilegia. They find interesting places to self-seed and I found the odd Nora Barlow poking out from under my compost bin.
Many years ago I started collecting hardy geraniums. I give them a good chop down to ground level twice a year and they come back and flower with a vengeance. I pull them apart and spread them around the garden, a great plant to fill in gaps.
In July the garden is in its full glory with Agapanthus, Monbrettia, Japanese anemones and Dahlias. I do have roses but seem to have lost the photos. Sadly the last two years they have succumbed to Saw Fly and the stems are ruined if I don’t catch them in time, before they lay their eggs.
This coming year I am going to have a concerted effort into growing my own veggies. I have dabbled in the past with the usual tomatoes, and courgettes. 2010 saw me being a little more adventurous growing my vegetables in pots. This proved extremely successful, and gave a few surprises – black chillies are extremely hot!! With the damage done to my lawn this winter, thanks to the snow and the foxes I have decided to turn a large part of it over to a vegetable plot. These are just some of the photos of my appotment.
On a final note I would like to share my daughter’s garden with you. You could believe it was a mediterranean garden but it is on the South Coast. It is, in my opinion, a sensible and lovely place to sit for a hardworking couple with little time to mow a lawn!
Happy 2011 gardening people!