This week has been more about making choices about Project Garden than progressing it out there. Why? I wanted to plant up my herb box, so had a lovely trip out to a newly refurbished local garden centre, but then my mum advised me not to buy fresh ones yet as she was cultivating me various cuttings – not something I’m going to refuse! I was also looking at the rambling roses, but as I’m still waiting on the new fence, I don’t want to plant anything up in my beds. So we’re at a bit of a standstill. That said, Mum told me today that she has ordered my a rambling rose, along with a few other bulbs from some amazingly good value gardening mail order company, so whilst I can’t yet bring you the photos or get them planted, things are happening!
I can, in the meantime, bring you the clematis that I’m currently enjoying seeing in full bloom and a busy little bee – I’m happy to be seeing them everywhere at the moment, and plenty of butterflies. No ladybirds, though – are they all congregating in someone else’s garden this year?
I really enjoy the How Does My Garden Grow linky, and am getting plenty of inspiration from it. Last week, I was particularly taken with Dragonsflypoppy’s lavender photos, and so I now have a clearer picture of how my wildlife garden will look. It will be edged all the way round with lavender, hopefully forming a bee-haven border. I can show you some lavender cuttings that my mum now has on the go for me, as part of my ‘hand me down’ garden – a great phrase I’m now frequently employing, shared by Katie on last week’s update comments.
Our trip round the garden centre also sparked one last thing. A suggestion from the husband, who has hitherto just let me get on with my Project Garden plans (very good of him considering he’ll be roped in for all the hard labour work soon..!). Chickens. Yes, he thinks with our extra space we could pop a couple of chickens out there. Now, I’m still undecided about this and it may well be the last thing I decide on, but I think the surprise element here is that my husband is a very tidy and neat, kind of person, and can often be found bemoaning my suggestions for pets for the children, as they’re a waste of time (Hound excluded, of course!) This is all very out of the blue, but I’m embracing the idea and will continue to ponder. I’ve heard they can be smelly, which kind of flies in the face of creating a sweetly scented garden! If there are any chicken- keepers out there, it’d be lovely to hear from you – the warts and all of chicken keeping, please!