Here’s an update on what has been going on in our garden recently.
As my regular readers will know, I’ve been trying to make our garden in to a wildlife garden and include as much habitat as possible. This is what the new flower bed (for bees and butterflies) we created in spring looked like at the end of summer.
Species here include; Toadflax, Coreopsis, Salvia, Nicotina, California poppy, Saffron, Agastache, Ox eye daisy, Candy tuft, Corncockle and Hellebore.
This is a little video walk around of the flower bed:
The summer was good this year and the meadow grew really high. It also started to dry out quite quickly so we cut it in early August instead of waiting a bit longer. This is what it looked like mid cut – you can see how tall it was! (probably about 5 foot)
This is a progress shot of our new bark path. When the meadow is high it cuts out light from the raspberries and also it’s hard to walk through to get to things, so we put in this path to separate the meadow and raspberries a bit and allow access through the meadow at this end.
Here it is finished.
The two shrubs right next to the path have been relocated. We did this on a cool, damp day and they have done really well. The space they have vacated will be another wild-ish space for some flowers. I’m letting some grass grow and whatever naturally comes up, but I’ve added some crocus & snakes head fritillary bulbs, and some wild flower seeds too. Fingers crossed they come up OK – the weather is still so warm, especially for November, that some seedlings are growing and at least on crocus has a shoot!!!
I have been mulching and using my leaf litter to insulate my flower beds, hopefully that will help some. I know the blackbirds love it – it’s great foraging! Any advice?