A previously untouched corner

When I moved into my property in 2009, the back garden was awash with crocosmia. In most spots, I’ve managed to get them out but there are the occasional patches of resistance.

One such is at the back of the garden, which had formerly been difficult to get to (until the fence was sawn down last week). And full of pebbles. So, altogether the crocosmia had been left to their own devices.

However, now that it has rained, today seemed like the ideal time to crack on with tackling this patch.

It took about an hour to get the corms, pebbles and lurking couch grass out. Fortunately, the soil was soft and quite pleasing to handle. It now has phacelia sown in it, which hopefully will soon grow and provide pretty flowers for me and the bees as well as biomass at a later stage.

The garden is actually well and truly devoid of flowers, which is something else I need to work on. The vegetables are providing a bit of nectar but there could be more.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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12 Responses to A previously untouched corner

  1. streepie says:

    our garden is currently also devoid of flowers – with the heat and drought, none of the summer flowers I’ve sown have germinated. Or if they have, the seedlings have died. I’ll have to see what i can do in terms of flowers. Some of my herbs are flowering, but that’s not much at the moment.

  2. I’m pleased you got the rain

  3. Ditto, nothing flowering here but the lavender and hostas at the moment. Maybe I should work on getting some perenials for later summer too.

    • Helen says:

      The lavender has loved it this summer but the hosta hasn’t flowered, so I don’t know what’s going on there. Not sure what flowers in later summer.

  4. Oh not couch grass! Hate the stuff .. Phacelia, one of my favs and the bees 😃

  5. mortaltree says:

    Oh goodness! I envy your UK mild weather. Only the warmest spots around here can overwinter crocosmia. We treat it like a rare gem! I guess your soil must be well drained, because aside from cold, crocosmia often drowns in our wet winter clay. You can send those corms and a little of your climate my way if it gets too much Helen!

  6. Another plus now that the fence is down. It looks terribly invasive. I’m glad you were able to take it out and to immediately sew more seeds.

    A lot of herbs have pretty flowers. Maybe you could accomplish two things with Nepeta or lavender or sage. Amusingly, the yellow finches love the flowering catnip. Irony.

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