Things are even later than usual here and with the seemingly never ending Winter we haven’t really been out in the garden at all – fair weather gardeners and all that! The May bank holiday saw the sun come out and the mercury rise thoughand we finally had both time and the weather on our side to get stuck in. Continue reading Finally taking the garden in hand
In the week that saw us celebrate our 3rd anniversary of moving to our country cottage we saw a lot of changes in the garden.
We have a pair of nesting blue tits in our bird box (yay), the starlings have already fledged and there are now sparrows in their old nest. The swallows are back swooping and darting all around and the geese have returned to the fields roundabout, some with young. After a seemingly never-ending Winter, Spring is most definitely here.
The garden has gone bonkers, everything’s growing and blooming and budding and it’s heartwarming to see! The cherry blossom is out and the beech hedge is finally turning, that fresh green really makes a difference in our garden.
The (short) spell of warmer, sunny weather was filled to the brim with ‘getting shit done’ in the garden – everything from getting the potting shed set-up to clearing, weeding and edging, sowing seeds and bulbs (better late than never) and I even made up some hanging baskets inspired by the book Crops in Pots, that I reviewed a while back.
We had a lovely trip to The Secret Herb Garden (LOVE this place) to source new herbs as the chickens have self-seasoned and destroyed what we had. We got lemon verbena, lovage and borage (inspired by Petal, Leaf, Seed), several new rosemarys, chamomile, sage, lemon balm, oregano, fennel, jasmine and rhubarb, amongst others.
Our new front lawn is looking great and we’ve just bought a new mower and hedge cutter so we’re getting tooled up to tackle the front garden.
So much to do now but sadly the torrential rain is back so no idea when we’ll be able to crack on – we live in hope though, always hope!
Our front garden was clearly made to be low-maintenance but we were desperate to create a ‘chocolate box’ country cottage look, especially as our back garden is mainly a kitchen garden.
We removed all the pebbles – most going to neighbours houses/gardens – it was quite amusing to find white car parking lines underneath from the days it was a pub.
Then in came the landscapers to dig it all up, put in flower beds around the borders and creating a lawn – Sandy has been desperate to get a lawnmower (boys and toys?!) so now he can!
We’ve got to wait 2-3 weeks for the grass to sort itself out before we can get in there and start planting, but in the meantime, we’ve been given some very clever-sounding garden planning software to try out/review – The Weatherstaff PlantingPlanner which I’m very excited about.
Last weekend the weather was glorious so most of our time was spent out & about in it however Science did finally get round to clearing out the garden shed! (& all the spiders & bugs etc that were in there too!)
It was full of ‘stuff’ when we bought the place, so it was another trip to the tip but look how much space we have now! Not sure it’s enough for a bar but it’ll do for now!