The last few months have really been hefty on new things to do and, whilst I’ve had time to work in the garden, I’ve not had time to post about it here! I feel bad about that as writing in my blog is something I’ve always enjoyed doing.
One of the biggest changes this year has been the addition of many more ornamentals into the garden. Edibles of many sorts still take up most of the back garden space but, if the ‘shady side garden’ and the newly dug ‘way back there’ garden are taken together, I think I’m suddenly now at half ornamental, half produce! In saying that, the ‘WBT’ garden is still a little sparse, so it’s got a little way to go before it catches up with the others.
I managed to get along to Gardening Scotland again this year and picked up a few plants to combat the sparseness – some hostas for the shade and a beautiful, orange flowered and leaved deciduous rhodedendron which apparently grows more up than out – perfect for my thin beds.
On the veg side, I’ve actually got broad bean pods this year! Two, so far, from the one plant which survived the non-winter we had (the rest were slug-munched, due to the severe lack of cold) but the spring planted ones are catching up fast. I’m trying another variety, ‘Listra’, which I received in a swap, alongside Aquadulce Longpod. It’s supposed to be an early podding variety which can be sown fairly late – at the moment both it and the Aquadulce which were sown at the same time are flowering so we’ll see how the pods develop.
The non-winter we had this year seems to have been followed by a non-summer except for the two weeks of sunshine about a month ago. The plants don’t seem to mind it too much – anything which wants a lot of water is doing well – such as the peas and beans, lettuce, chard, berry bushes and potatoes – but I’m hoping there’s going to be enough warm weather for them to actually crop well. Last year was a bit of a dud, and I was hoping to do better.