Saturday, 19 May 2012

The current state of play

Things have moved on a bit since the pictures shown in the previous post. Here's how things stand at the moment. From here I'll be able to document how things develop.

The front:

The bushes and hedging have been dramatically hacked back and the lawn is much healthier. There have been some pants in the main bed in front of the window for a few months which are starting to look nice and grown in, and I've started getting some pots along the front wall of the house.


Some of the planting that has gone on in the last few months - Some Brunnera "Jack Frost" in front of the Rose (I have no idea what type yet), and behind it you can just see the canes supporting some Delphiniums that I've put in. Theses aren't much to look at yet, and I forgot to take a picture anyway...

A closer view of my Tulips looking very sorry for themselves after the weather lashing they've suffered over the last few weeks.

The back garden is also looking much better:

The main bed has been totally dug out and some plants are starting to appear. There's some Heathers that I rescued from the reduced shelf at B&Q, and some of the Bluebells that have popped up all over the garden. This bed has also sprouted several Aquilegias and a Lupin, which were pleasant surprises.

One of the Aquilegias

Further up I've planted Digitalis (Foxgloves) and a couple more Aquilegias, some Saxifrages, and there are also some Hostas in there which are yet to appear.

This is the veg bed, or at least it's supposed to be, however it's spent a large amount of the last few weeks under water. The bit that's closest to the camera was one of my definite learning curve jobs. In my enthusiasm to get stuff planted I failed to dig it over thoroughly enough, didn't add any of the compost or sharp sand that it clearly needs, and have thrown in some inappropriate veg for good measure. I've since learned that asparagus is not likely to grown under water. Fancy that! There is some beetroot in there that is coming up as seedlings, and some purple sprouting brocalli, some sprouts and some maincrop potatoes. We'll see what comes of it, but it may end up chalked up to experience. The top end of this bed was dug over properly with the appropriate additions, and is currently home to three courgette plants that were grown from seed in the cold frame and then planted out. So far, rather more successful.

This is the patio bed which is playing host to Honeysuckle, some summer bulbs, Sweet Peas, Snapdragons (Antirrhinum), and a well hacked Hydranger bush. My mini pond was inherited from my Mums garden and has Yellow Flag Irises and water-snails.

This trellis arch should hopefully soon be covered in the afore mentioned Sweet Peas, Honeysuckle, and some Jasmine that's growing from one of the pots. You can also see my mini herb garden - Sage, Thyme and Rosemary - in another pot.

So that's the state of things at present. I'm quite happy with the way it's improved and developed, and just need to keep reminding myself to be patient. I also need to stop watching instant makeover gardening programs.

Now, if only we could have some sun things might start growing!