Front of house gardening

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The blue plastic that had been protecting the garden from the local cat community was removed and I was ready to get planting.
My plan, a very loose one, was hardy annuals (mainly) in purple and orange.
The bean canes have been planted with Sweet Pea “Blue Velvet’ and Purple Cobaea scandens. They are surrounded by a mix of Lavender Munstead, Cerinthe major ‘Purpurascens’, Eschschoizia californica ‘Orange King’, Salvia Viridis and Calendula ‘Indian Prince’

 

I covered the plants with pea netting, to provide the necessary support as they grow, but also to protect them ‘hopefully’ from my furry neighbours!
I also like to give the local slugs and snails a celebratory beer, rude not to.

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No more chickens

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This weekend we said goodbye to Gladys, our one and only remaining hen. As chickens are social creatures, we felt it wasn’t ideal for Gladys to be on her own anymore, so we were delighted when we found her a lovely place in the country to retire, with lots of other chickens, quails and ducks for company.
We received a photo and a message from her new owner, assuring us she had quickly settled in her new home.

We intend to give the run and Eglu to friends who are planning to keep some chickens, and the space will become garden again.

Labels for plants

ceramic labelsOnce my plants leave the greenhouse, I still like to keep them marked for information with a decorative label.
With herbs and vegetables, it is particularly useful to keep them identified, if you send someone else to collect what is needed for dinner. Good with Perennial plants too, a reminder where they were planted last summer, have they survived the winter?
I use these broken pottery labels to give a cottage garden feel to my kitchen garden.When making these, first smooth off any sharp edges on the pottery with coarse sandpaper, then for the writing use a waterproof marker pen.
Important to position them in a safe place away from children and pets.
herb labels
coloured labelscoloured lollipop stick labels
When my cutting garden annuals are ready to plant in the garden, these colourful homemade labels are perfect reminder of each plant colour. metal heartschive labelportrait mock upThis Plant Label print is for sale in my Etsy shop.


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April in the garden

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April has arrived with sunshine, very heavy showers at times and lots to do in the garden. My new galvanised steel staging has been built (thank you lovely patient husband) and is in position. It replaces the rotten wooden staging, which will finish it’s life as a useful outside place for hardening off my plants.
The raised bed is covered to warm the soil and protect it from my cat friends. Elsewhere I have spread Pyracantha branches on the tempting soil, fingers crossed.

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Sowing some seeds

grahamI love spring, the planning and planting for the coming months is probably when I enjoy gardening the most. With the weather warming nicely, I am itching to start gardening again.
Last year I found the garden a bit of a chore to be honest, the local cats constantly making a mess of my flower and vegetable garden was very disheartening. Anyway, this year I am fresh with renewed enthusiasm and lots of seeds, thank you Higgledy Garden.seedsbox of seeds I have always grown a mix of edible, bee friendly flowers and vegetables together in an cottage garden style. This year my plan is to grow mainly cutting flowers, still bee friendly of course. There is every chance I will add some salad and veg in places, but for now my plan is this….
My raised bed at the bottom of the garden will have both hardy and half hardy annuals in a mix of colours.
The front garden will be a mix of lavender and annuals with a colour palette of purple, acid green and orange.
The main garden will be a mixture, not quite sure yet, this is definitely a work in progress.
So this week I started off some of the hardy annual seeds in my greenhouse.
I love to use coloured plant labels, it really helps me when planting out to know what needs to go where. They can be used year after year so well worth buying. Sarah Raven  stocks them.
coloured labelsI prefer to start my seeds in pots rather than sowing directly in the beds,mainly because of my furry digging friends, slugs and snails.plant potsplanted pots
Now I need more compost.

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Plant a flower day

Today is National Plant a Flower Day 2016 so lets get planting.

Ranunculus planter

Ranunculus or Persian Buttercup
A spring flowering bulb which makes a gorgeous splash of clashing colour.
They prefer a sunny position and do not tolerate heavy frost. I planted mine in a container so I can move them easily depending on the weather.
Ranunculus make lovely cut flowers but keep away from pets as the flowers are poisonous.

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