July epitomised the phrase: “If you don’t like the British weather, wait a moment and it will change.”
Changeable it was – meaning that we entered August with lush green grass for the first time in a couple of years. Also, however, that the emphasis on weeding and hedge cutting didn’t let up: warmth & regular deluges kept growth spurts unabated by midsummers usual dry heat.
Imperfectly perfect rain splashed Scarlet Emperor runner bean flowers.
New mowing regime = increased wildlife
Having plotted out areas of grass to be allowed to grow long in the garden, along the camping strip and in the lower orchard, the new ‘soft landscaping’ in July was truly stunning.
Increased numbers of butterflies, bees and crickets followed the more diverse flora, which we hope will develop further in the years to come.
Increasing wildflower diversity
Our efforts to develop the diversity of wild flowers last year were stumped by the rabbits. So this year, we’ve grown specific varieties of wild flowers from seed in a makeshift protected ‘nursery’ area until fully grown, hoping that they will spread seeds naturally & some survive despite constant and over savage pruning from the wild rabbits.
Penstemons propagated from cuttings appear to be ‘rabbit proof’, so have done well!
The final 2 raised beds were made from deconstructed pallets & filled with home made compost earlier this year. All plants for the veg garden have been grown from seed – in the case of the beans, & most of the marrows, the seeds were saved from last year’s crop so it’s a truly ‘sustainable’ food source.
Tesco is feeling the hit – we won’t be buying vegetables for a very long time!
Like many, our tomatoes have been devastated this year by blight. Too much rain. Looking forward to next year. Perhaps we will have a greenhouse by then!
Black & yellow beauties –
We’ve shared the flowers and vegetables with a striking array of minibeasts – luckily, the balance seems about right this year & there’s been sufficient to keep us, and them, happy!
Martyn Wilson, garden designer“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”