Now I'm afraid that ye may well be bored with this post as I fully intended to share photographs of the changes that have occurred since my last update, but to be brutally honest I truly couldn't be arsed to take more than a few pictures and was even less inclined to spend the time uploading and checking through them, sorry. So unfortunately this post will one of mostly scribing which has a strong possibility of being laced with the odd bit of Anglo Saxon to boot.
As I may have mentioned in previous posts concerning this project it is becoming a garden of compromise having to fulfill several functions in a small and suburban setting. It may well not be in a metropolis such as Londonium but it still has its boundaries encroached upon all sides by buildings, roads and the services that go with em, oh god for a lone house on an island or deep in ancient woodland far from the maddening crowd, but that would be an impossible dream, damn & bollocks. Anyway back to the plot once more, as thin as it is. Within this setting I'm trying to create a mini oasis for wildlife and a tranquil place in which to sooth my troubled mind and leave worries behind for a tad. As the garden has evolved within this short time that I've tended it, a picture of what I desire it to resemble has developed within my mind, something akin to a forest glade where one may pause life and catch breath for a moment...
|William Trost Richards 1860|
Ok so back to planet earth and I know that I have not a snowball's chance in Hell of having a garden like the picture above, bugger. Ah but that does not mean that my small space cannot become an amphitheatre of peace and a refuge for our ever troubled wildlife, as a not so supermarkets advert chimes out, "every little helps".
With this in mind I have been giving great though to the hard structure of the garden as well the planting scheme. So during my absence from the blog world I have taken up the slabbed area which was put down in a slap shod and hurried fashion last year...
...and laid the whole bloody lot down again in a much more professional way. (Even if I do say so myself)...
At the same time, well after re-placing the slabs that is, I took down the old retaining wall and rebuilt it, this time without the ton of concrete that held together the supposedly 'dry stone wall'. So now with the wall now laid dry it has plenty of nooks and crannies in with flora may take a hold. The top picture also shows that the wall up to the new steps has in fact been built now as a double wall allowing me to plant an edging of sun loving lavender plants and others that like such conditions. Behind my little Hadrian's wall there is now the beginnings of another area of planting...
With more planting upon the other side of the garden.
The plan being that the planting eventually will form a glade effect by forming a living bowl rising from the yet to be built fish pond to living wall and trellis boundaries.
Of course not everyone seemed to eager to lend a helping paw, I'm afraid Nelly is just a lazy hound, until feeding time that is.
The wildlife pond and log area has finally seen an influx of Bees and Hover flies though butterflies are a rare sight as of yet. The introduction of the small amount of Frogspawn has been a success with over twenty very active tadpoles now cruising around the pond, also the Water Hawthorn has decided to put a spurt on doubling its leaves in the last week (it now has four paltry leaves on the surface).
And finally, if you're not asleep already you will be after reading the next bit. A list of plantings that have occurred since the last update....
Astilbe x 5, Cotoneaster (Dammeri) x 2, Magnolia (Susan) x 1, Scabiosa (Blue) x 1, Aronia (Melanocarpa Viking) x 3, Chicory seeds, Hardy Fuchsia x 3 (Army Nurse, Dollar Princess & Snowdrop), Red Clover seeds, Erysimum (Fragrant Sunshine) x 1, Delphinium (Pure White) x 1, Hollyhock (Chaters Double Apricot) x 1, Anthemis (Kelwayi) x 1, Achillea (Pot of Gold) x 1, Hart's Tongue Fern x 1, Holly Fern x 1, Hebe (Frozen Flame) x 1, Hebe (Celine) x 1, Agastache (Golden Jubilee) x 1, Hosta (Gold Standard) x 1, Centaurea (Amethyst on Ice) x 1, Bleeding Heart ( Dicentra Luxuriant) x 1, Woodland Strawberry (Fragaria) x 2, Penstemon (Polaris Red) x 2, and finally some bedding plants;- Mesembryanthemum, Stock and Alyssum.
Oh nearly forgot, I am expecting delivery of two trees this week both chosen to give height, wind dampening, bird cover, nectar rich flowers and a supply of berries to supplement those provided by the newly planted Aronia (Chokeberry bushes). These are Hawthorn (Paul's Scarlet) and Rowan (Eastern Promise). As well as these I am also expecting a delivery of Frogbit (Hydrocharis) to supplement the Flora in the wildlife pond.
So yes early days but slowly working towards that vision of a woodland glade retreat.
Until the next time take care of yourselves,