This weeks garden post is all about planning. Not much is really growing at the moment but that’s given me some time to research and think ahead. The first thing I want to share is this amazing bird house I was gifted at the weekend. Everything about it is perfect.
It’s painted in a yummy mint green colour, has little wooden tiles nailed to the roof and a strip of copper along the apex. It’s so nice I almost don’t want to put it outside.
I’ve been doing alot of research into plants for the garden. The front garden is South facing so choosing plants for that area of the garden is relatively easy. However, the back is North facing so it’s a little more tricky.
For the back garden I’ve ordered a Pyracantha Fire Thorn (left). The main reason for choosing this is that birds love the berries. We’re planning to train this against the fence along the side of the house. The plant in the middle is a Camellia Contessa (also for the back garden). This will flower happily in the shade and its petals are marbelled white and red making it look like a boiled sweet.
The last plant on the right is a Buddleia weyeriana ‘Sungold’. You’ll have to use your imagination a little here but it will be covered in pompoms of yellow flowers. I bought this for the front garden because it attracts lots of butterflies/bees.
And then there’s the Sunset Coral Peony. I discovered this plant on my search for cottage garden plants. I’m not sure what I was expecting to receive but I think it’s safe to say this wasn’t it. What I’d ordered was actually a bare-root peony. Basically, for everyday folks like you and I – a stringy sweet potato with pink shoots that will eventually flower providing you don’t plant it upside down or too deep. I found a video to guide me through the planting process. It’s in the ground, I’m hoping for the best!
I found some Cornish daffodils in our local greengrocers.
I’ve been going through all my seeds. I received alot of seeds for my birthday from my best friend: Oxeye Daisy, Cornflower, Love-in-a-Mist and Forget Me Nots. They’re all traditional cottage garden flowers.
We also had some poppy seeds stashed away from Scott’s Mum and a big box of wildflower seeds from a fantastic company called Meadow in my Garden.
This is the monthly view over the lanes. Everything is looking really bare because we’re in the arse end of Winter but it won’t be long before it’s green again.
Saving the best til last: the bridesmaid bouquet I carried at the weekend. A contrast to the view above and a good reminder of what’s to come!