Another lovely week, with the exception of Wednesday when the fog remained stubbornly over the north coast of Cornwall, has meant lots of time in the garden. A quick visit to the local garden centre to buy some compost and a flexible bucket with the thought of buying some wallflowers and possibly a plant or two resulted in two new ferns and two new glazed pots to put them in! I don’t really need to buy ferns as I have plenty growing in the garden, but I fancied a couple of different ones for the courtyard. My fuchsias in pots haven’t done so well there, despite not having rust this year.
There’s still plenty of colour in the garden so let’s have a wander around the different beds/borders this week.
(3) The bee and butterfly bed is still flowering well. And lots of large white butterflies dance together in the air along with the white Cosmos swaying in the wind.
(4) The Kilmarnock Willow tree now forms part of the new semi-shaded border I created at this time last year. Cyclamen are beginning to appear under the tree and it is where a lot of spring crocuses are planted. The tree has recently had a trim, which means actually getting underneath that umbrella canopy and cutting out all the dead branches.
(5) At the back of this bed are the two painted raised beds, one of which is used for growing herbs. Both beds need a revamp and the removal of nasturtiums and forget-me-not seedlings. I have never been happy with the other raised bed, my attempt at growing veggies was a disaster, I then made it a white bed, with white and blue flowers, then a place for more perennials and a couple of roses and lots of spring bulbs. But I’m not satisfied and I think after the bulbs flower next spring I will remove everything and start again. Maybe a second herb bed. Meantime I am using the compost from my Dalek¹ compost bin to top up the beds as I weed them.
(6) The woodland border is looking very green now. Any other colour in this bed happens in spring with bulbs and ground covering plants. I have added other plants for summer flowering but they are finished now.
¹ The bin was here when I moved in and I have hated it since day one.
- Doesn’t produce huge amounts of compost
- Difficult to turn.
- Difficult to empty.
- Bottom hatch door can break off.
- Doesn’t allow oxygen in
When you try to get a spade in to get the compost out at the bottom, all the stuff that isn’t ready falls down into the space! I ended up tipping the whole lot out and moving the good usable stuff into a plastic bucket – hence the reason for having to buy another one! I will put the topmost stuff back in, but I am no longer going to use it for anything else.
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