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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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.
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.
I 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. 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.
I prefer to start my seeds in pots rather than sowing directly in the beds,mainly because of my furry digging friends, slugs and snails.
Now I need more compost.
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