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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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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Middle of May

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The plants are coming on but I am not risking planting them out just yet.

May 15th and my mum’s birthday today (I have sent her some flowers through the post from wigglywigglers.co.uk hope she likes them) it is normally quite warm by now. So much so that I am often lulled into a false sense of security and have been known to plant out some tender plants. That is so not going to happen this year, the unseasonably cold weather and illness has forced me to plan rather than plant.
This morning I have been planning where my veggies will go this year, looking at previous years planting plans to decide what should go when in the whole crop rotation thing. After lots of crossing out I finally have a plan, just need to feel better and some good weather please.