Around the garden in 80 days #7

Yesterday, I posted about the cyclamen in the front garden, which have made a surprising recovery from earlier neglect. Today, the focus is on flowers which always manage well on their own.

The first is nasturtiums, which come back year after year. Last year, they were abundant throughout the summer but they didn’t seem to have quite the same presence this time round. However, in the last week or so, they have popped up in the raised bed and are more visible elsewhere, too.

Whilst I do eat the leaves and flowers from the nasturtiums, I’ve not ventured so far with the calendula. These were originally sown as a foil to protect crops but I don’t think this has ever worked. On the other hand, it is always pleasing to see some colour when other flowers are on the wane, or indeed have completely finished for the year.

In the background of the above picture, you will notice the gladioli leaves. These plants are destined to be removed from their current location, in order to make way for the new raised bed, but I have a feeling this might only be a partial success. I had attempted to relocate the gladioli to the front garden a number of years ago and, while there are now gladioli there, clearly the removal was actually a doubling.

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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20 Responses to Around the garden in 80 days #7

  1. Melanie says:

    I love nasturtium, they don’t need any attention and are so cheerful!

  2. Yes, nasturtiums are good. Calendula are good too, though I’ve never done much more than sprinkle them on salads. This year we had some self-seeded borage, which has been very welcome. So many flowers, so little room! 🙂

  3. Carol anne says:

    nice flowers! Its cool you have so many!

  4. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I love all the self -seeders because they need so little from me. I also have feverfew and forget-me-not. Unless they are really in the way I leave them all.

    • Helen says:

      I’ll have to look up feverfew as I’m not familiar with it but I do also have forget-me-nots 😊

      • Going Batty in Wales says:

        It is a member of the chrysanthemum family and the leaves have that smell. The flowers are white with yellow centres – like very small single chrysanths (although I gather there is a double form) it grows about 50 cm tall and is bushy.

  5. Our nasturtiums are persistent, too

  6. Nasturtiums are a reliable repeat in our garden, too, but due to the heat, we see them now and again in the spring. They’ve usually died back when the heat arrives. I love them!

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