|Featurette above – Herb mixes, Nasturtiums, Clary Sage, Rosemary, Marigolds and Lobelia|
Main Image – Apricot Nasturtium
|Doin’ The Dirt was a gardening series that ran in my first blog, ‘ A Guy Called Bloke, from 2018 to 2022, when the blog closed. Willow Garden is a series exclusive to the Earthly Comforts blog only.|
|Some of you may recall this series when it was in the Guy blog, and if you do, you may well remember that l was hyperfocused on having a lot of colour in the Willow Garden for this year.|
I purchased earlier in the spring; you may also recall a considerable number of seedlings to plant for this season’s garden for a bounty of colour.
Sadly, that didn’t run to plan or schedule, and the reason was that the blue tits and crows were stealing the lining to the hanging baskets not long after l had made them up and sown the seedlings in. Even with the netting provided to the seedlings, the birds still managed to decimate the inner content by pulling from the sides.
I should have bought pre-lined wicker close-sided baskets instead of the recyclable plastic baskets that l have hanging in the garden today.
It’s not that l don’t have any colour in Willow Garden; l do. It’s just that l don’t have a colourful garden this year. Again! Suze believes next year we should have. Today’s garden is very green. This is not a bad thing. It’s just not a colour thing.
I also wanted to have more wilding in the garden, and to a degree, this is present, but with a lack of wildlifing colour in so far as a distinct lack of flowers, that too will have to wait.
So, the joys l had for watching coloured flowers spill over the sides of the baskets, the cunningness of two basket predators thwarted that this summer!
However, some of the plants sown later last year and late this spring will see flowers later this year and next spring and summer too. Still, l have some nice colours in the garden so far, and l know the bees are pleased with what is present, so that’s excellent news.
There have been some decent results, though, or small wins pending upon each interpretation … no, l don’t have baskets filled with colourful flowers … atypically, to my luck. But l do have flowers in the baskets, just not lots.
It also didn’t help that once more. The nursery l bought from promised the seedlings would arrive ‘over time, yet they all arrived at once!? I will not bother buying seedlings again and instead grow my own. At least l can grade the growing experience.
|Willow Garden – Episode 2# – Willow Garden in June|
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|You can see with the galleries that the garden is still looking good, though. In the next episode, l’ll tell you in a bit more detail about what is growing.|
Till then, l’ll see you next time in Willow Garden. Thanks for visiting and reading.