A little update.
18 months ago Ron, (man with a digger), came round and levelled the ground that lies between the house and the kitchen garden. We have gone from this…
We still have more structural planting to do. The hedgerow alongside the road is a little thin in places so needs an additional line of native tree whips and the section of hornbeam hedging alongside the track will also go in this autumn. I’ve placed an order of perennials with a wholesaler which should arrive October/November time. These plants will fill the front 2 quadrants but as there will be more hard landscaping in the sections furthest from the house, I don’t want to plant anything permanent that may get trampled. To avoid having large swathes of bare earth through next year, I’m planting a bed of annuals for cutting.
A September sowing of annuals will come into flower in May the following year, this can then be topped up with an additional sowing in late winter/early spring. Hardy annuals such as Ammi, Calendula, Nigella, and poppies can withstand some frost so I’ve marked out a series of lines and direct sowed. To this I’ve added lines of transplanted biennials, Sweet William and wallflowers that I sowed some weeks back.
Others such as delphiniums, snapdragons, sweet peas, scabious, and cornflowers I’ve sown in half trays which I’m leaving in the polytunnel to overwinter. The sweet peas, when transplanted, will be grown up a number of very excellent obelisks that my nephew designed and constructed when he visited.
I’m looking forward to a riot of colour next summer.