Today’s jobs in the garden

included painting the new wall with a mixture of yoghurt (plain, live) and horse-s**t – I’m hoping that it will encourage moss & lichens to grow, giving it a more mature look. The dog is definitely not allowed out in the garden yet – he’d probably lick the walls clean!

If you’d prefer something a little more tasteful (if not as tasty), the hosta shoots emerging now (they’re always lagging behind most  plants) are an amazingly intense purple.

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Wild flower meadow

Something else I saw on my travels – a lawn that had been allowed to develop into a wild-flower meadow, complete with primroses and violets. (you can just see these at the bottom right). This is what I want to do with the front garden, so it was especially interesting to see it on a London street in front of a thirties bungalow – not looking at all out of place. On a sloping, north-facing site, too – exactly the same as mine. (The friends I was staying with thought that this example came about more by neglect than design – sounds like a labour-saving plan!)

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A brilliant idea

I’ve been away for a few days staying with friends in London, & I saw this brilliant idea in their local garden centre. Simply a pallet hubg on the wall, with grow-bags tucked in behind – & you have a hanging garden! I can think of all sorts of uses – building a screen round a compost bin, for example, or a fence or even a gate. I’ve got a few applications in my own garden in mind already – watch this space!

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And here it is …

the garden finished. James (and Leighton) has done a splendid job, even making the wall (I must resist calling it ‘my’ wall) look a bit old & rickety, & leaving gaps at the side of the steps to allow plants to take root. He was worried that people might think he’d done a bad job, but I said that I said I’d make sure that they knew that it was exactly as I wanted it.

Of course, as any gardener knows, a garden is never finished, & now I have to start planting. I’ve got plenty of plants waiting patiently – or not so patiently; since the weather has been a bit warmer they are bursting into leaf & eager to get going.Image

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The workers!

The workers!

I should perhaps make it clear that I’ve not been doing any of the heavy work – it’s these two guys who have been doing it all. James (left) is the main man, & has a garden design & maintenance business, ‘I Dig It’, in Glasgow, ably assisted by Leighton (I hope that’s the right spelling) who, when he’s not digging the dirt for James is a composer, pianist & singer.