According to an RHS survey, a quarter of front gardens are now paved over due to a combination of too many people/cars/houses crammed into a tiny space and people having to work so damn hard that they don’t have time to garden. Green driveways are the answer. Problem solved, kind of.
Anyway, I’m sure you’ve all been eagerly awaiting my next update and wondering where I am, right? RIGHT? I’ve been in Canada visiting my in-laws, which means that I got to relive early Spring all over again (they are 6 hours behind on time and 3 months behind on weather).
I was very nervous about the trip, partly due to my brain (travel+constant socialising=OMFG,NO) and partly because I was going to be away for almost 3 weeks in May; that’s a lot of gardening to miss out on. Luckily, my lovely mum agreed to babysit all my seedlings and they’ve come back in great shape- cheers, Ma! Some things I managed to get in before I left and things were looking pretty shipshape, if a little overgrown, on my return. Except for the sunflowers, the fucking slugs ate all 12 of those.
So here’s an update on my front garden, which was just starting to look very nice when I had to leave. The colours are meant to be white, orange/yellow, and purple/blue. So anything pink or red is rogue. Except the red hot poker. I dunno what to do about that one.
I came home to this:
Right hand border.
Left hand border.
I was very pleased not to have missed my humungous bearded irises flowering. These are the ones that I divided last year and they just love my front garden. They don’t last very long and they’re not looking too pleased about the recent heavy rain, but here is one:
My calendula-zillas are lovely but might need a bit of a tidy up:
Yeah, that’s a lot of calendulas.
Red hot poker!
This is my children’s favourite. ALL THE COLOURS!
The best kind of flowers- pretty AND edible.
Creeping thyme/viola/nigella/yellow clover combo (three of these plants are not meant to be here):
I’m not sure if it’s going to be possible to weed this bit. Tweezers and a magnifying glass maybe? I dunno.
Unintentional flower meadow:
This is not the man-lawn that Mr The Digger envisaged.
Ceanothus flowering, woohoo!
Bee party over here.
Still recovering from jet lag. Haven’t caught up with Chelsea yet. But hi! Glad to be back.