My garden has woken up!

This time of year, I always feel a sense of panic in case I have planted too early, too late, the wrong things, the right things in the wrong place and so on.

I am sorry I have been neglecting you of late. I have been very busy designing and, with all the good weather, I have been up to my elbows in compost and worse.

This time of year, I always feel a sense of panic in case I have planted too early, too late, the wrong things, the right things in the wrong place and so on. The greenhouse is already looking verdant and that makes me smile. I just must keep calm and remember that by the end of June, the garden is looking after itself and I can stop fretting. 

As I write, I am planning where to put new flower beads as I am having a lawn laid at the beginning of June and I need to make decisions before the team arrive. I have been using a rusty metal edging for the flower beds for a couple of years now and as all the slate and pebbles are going to move to the raised beds in the car park, I can create a few new cutting beds with more of the edging material. Once the new bed is in position, I can move about some of my dahlia plants. So far this year I have spread 34 bags of compost and well-rotted manure. The roses do look better for it already.

Bill and I have pruned the apple tree and I have lots of very good sticks for use amongst the peas and the mangetout (I can always see Del Boy when I mention this vegetable. Find this and other classic ‘French’ quotes, look here.) 

I have one little corner that has always been a bit of a muddle. It is just to the right of the front door and is a shady spot with just stones and gravel. When we moved in it was the log store and made the walls of the downstairs loo very damp! I decided to create a little shady corner and am now looking for a mirror or a piece of dramatic wall art as a backdrop.

As you can see the garden has been a joy this year and that is before the sweet peas and dahlias are in flower.

Other Jottings  you might enjoy…

My new potting corner

My new potting corner

It was time for a change of plan. Instead of different plants, I decided I would create a practical area that is pretty too.