It’s been a while since my last garden update, so this is probably going to be a bit long…
This is what the garden was looking like in August. Only half the meadow was cut, and most of my flowers were past their best. I could do with a few more that flower later.
The meadow has finally been cut down now, and mowed at the highest setting. I have seen two small slow worms living in the meadow/hay pile/old compost area on numerous occasions recently 🙂 so we’re careful when working in that space.
We’ve have also seen a brown rat stealing potato peel out of the new compost! I’m not sure how to feel about that. It is a wildlife garden, but it’s a rat.. I’m hope it won’t cause any problems. We think it’s coming from our neighbours garden – something has dug a hole under the fence.
I have finally used up all the old compost on the garden and the new compost bin is full! I didn’t have room for all of the hay off the meadow, so some of that has been left in a heap – good for the slow worms I guess.
This was earlier this month..
In the space where the old compost bins were I’m thinking of growing Photina ‘Red Robin’ because it’s new leaves grow in red, before turning green, which is pretty. Plus, it’s another shrub for the birds to hide in. We’re also going to move our butterfly bush there (the one in the meadow) because it’s not doing so well where it is, maybe the meadow is too much competition for it.
The butterfly bush in the front garden has done so much better and, as you saw in my last post, it attracted a Hummingbird hawk moth! And it came back the next day too, so I have more photos, this time taken on my DSLR, to share.
I have done a bit of mulching already, but when we prune our shrubs I’ll have plenty to use as we always shred what we cut off.
For my birthday I was given a Agapanthus ‘peter pan’ which looks nice in my border. I also received garden centre vouchers and I’ve just spent one of them on bulbs. I got winter aconite, allium, and snowdrop. I just need to figure out where to plant them all! I should also check what seeds I have that need sowing this autumn.
A while ago I got some new berrying shrubs (guelder rose, spindle, Pyracantha) and they are doing well. The Pyracantha has some lovely orange berries on it right now. I hope the birds enjoy them.
Also a few months ago I bought a perennial collection of plug plants including: Lavender, Digitalis, Echinacea, Coreopsis, Verbena Bonariensis, Scabiosa, Aquilegia, Geum, Carnation, Armeria, Delphinium, and Leucanthemum. I split them with my Mum. I grew mine on a bit and planted them out, I hope they survive; the bees should like most of them.
Future plans include a new climber, plus more water butts – you can never have too many water butts!
With winter coming here’s a link to my post on Wildlife gardening in winter in case you missed it last year.
I have a new page on my site too – GardenWild. It’s a list of resources for gardening for wildlife. If there’s anything you think should be on there, please do share the link. Thanks 😀
Sorry I haven’t posted as much this week. The last few have been a bit busier so I’ve had less prep time.