On TV coverage of the Hampton court flower show, a woman discussed ‘dressing-gown gardening.’
I wonder how many gardeners potter about in their nightwear, and find that a little light weeding rapidly develops into an epic prune, for which they’re inappropriately attired?
Maybe just me.
At the bottom of the garden we have a wild area, which is now home to a large pile of clippings, from the overgrown honeysuckle and the spiky bushes.
(I’m enhancing my MOJO through powermoves, prancercise and literal dance so I struck a funky pose for a shadow selfie. Dancing around like an idiot is the best exercise, and if you’re in Frome and in need of a funky workout, check out Mojo moves. )
As we are fairly new to this garden, we are not planning any major interventions in the first year we’re here, so we can see what plants emerge and how the garden changes through the seasons.
But, there are a few big plants that are way out of hand. So although I’m not removing anything *yet* some plants have have been seriously pruned back, including the apple trees, the bay, that enormous himalayan honeysuckle (that we hope isn’t himalayan balsam), and the vines creeping over the roses.
A few treats have emerged from the overgrowth. Like this oak sapling. Perhaps a squirrel put an acorn there for safekeeping. It’s a pretty little sapling, I’ll give it a bit of space and see how it does.
My next highlight for the Propagator and his gang of garden bloggers sharing ‘Six on Saturday,’ is this unicorn crown. The horse head was in the garden when we arrived, and I’ve had a feeling that it ought to be a unicorn. So I’ve made a crown from the honeysuckle and hazel nearby, using contorted hazel to make a sort of horn. It’s a work in progres, and a fine distraction from proper garden work. Me and my husband found ourselves balancing twisted hazel stems onto the horse for quite a while yesterday.
We possibly could have done something more useful, but the sight of this ramshackle wannabe unicorn brightens my day.
Next up, peas!
We love peas, and peashoots, and so these keveldon wonder peas were among the first seeds I planted when we arrived. We almost have enough to garnish an omelette, which I’m sure you’ll agree is a triumph in self-sufficiency 😉
Another triumph is these sweetpeas. Planted from seedlings purchased at the local co-op, they’re small but perfectly formed, and I’ve picked a few for the tiny vase on my desk. Along with a little pink they make a wonderful sweet bouquet.
My next highlight is pots, which refers to the potager container garden that’s developing on the gravel patio. All the borders are pretty much full, and the veg patch is partly shaded, so I’ve planted up vegetables and herbs into containers placed on the sunny gravel patio.
This way, I can put the tomatoes into the sunniest spots, and there are tasty herbs by the kitchen door.
The wooden crates were £3 each from a pallet yard nearby, and lined with compost bags they should last for year or two. This one contains tomato, caraway and thyme and has a very simple willow support arch.
Finally, my sixth garden thing for Saturday is the cat. Not a garden feature, but possibly the reason why the french beans I planted in this spot have disappeared.
Well, that’s my six for Saturday. Pop over to the Propagators blog to see what else is growing on this week.
And as always, I hope that your plans and plants are doing well.