Sorry...never got around to May. It's been a bit hectic, but anyway, here we are in June, June already! Here in the UK we are only really just starting Summer, it's been very cold and grey so far, this week however is glorious, so I'm making the most of it and practically living in the garden.
I was going to underplant my wobbly box hedge, but decided on low maintenance slate chips instead, I've only just finished this today, I've recycled old chips we had and it's been a very messy business cleaning them all up.
I'm really happy with how these top beds are filling out. I've lost most of the peonies, but they were in the garden 15 years ago when we moved in, so perhaps it's time to get some more. The roses are ready to open, and the poppies have popped. I've filled a few of the gaps with annuals, and there's loads of Verbenas in there too. I'm not sure yet if I've stuffed it too full, might need to move things around a bit next year. There's still not enough colour but I think my garden is behind, what with replanting everything and the cool Spring.
The pond area is looking lush, more pond plants are needed, hopefully some frogs might then move in. I really want to look at how I can encourage more wildlife into my garden.
All the vegetable beds are now planted up. There's strawberries, raspberries, salads, shallots, beans, courgettes, squash, tomatoes, cucumber, garlic, carrots, parsnips, beetroot, chives, phew! I've got some cut flowers growing too, although I've not really had the time to do a proper planned cutting patch...I've cheated a bit and ordered a few plug plants. I'm hoping once I've got a greenhouse I can plan ahead better and get seeds sown earlier.
I've made myself a little potting area too, and picked up lots of old terracotta pots for just a few pounds at my local antiques place, do love terracotta pots. The dustbins house the compost and a few little hand tools. Well it's got to look pretty too. I've put my old table on some slabs we had left over so it's a much better height now.
And I'm finally, after years and years, getting around to sorting out the dumping ground of a patio! I've turned the shed around to block the seating area off, it still needs another coat of paint, but we are getting there. It's shady here in the morning, but a brilliant place to watch the sunset. I need some planters, and I'm wanting to grow a fragrant, shade loving climber up and over the fence. Any suggestions?
So jobs for the month ahead:
Continue with the patio area, a climber, pots of flowers, lights for the evening, and make some cushions too, I've got some lovely vintage barkcloth.
Get to grips with the cut flower patch, better planning needed!
General maintenance, following the 1/2 hour allotment principles.
Look at feeding areas for the birds.
Eat some delicious food, straight from my plot!
Joining in, as usual with Sarah...think there's a few of us now, do take a look!
Amanda :) xxx
I know he shouldn't be on here but he does love a snooze!