A brief Six on Saturday today from my phone. I have been ill and under the weather this last week, so I did some ‘slow gardening’, of the not very energetic sort. I hope my energy levels go up soon as I need to sow some biennials and some veg for the autumn-winter season at the allotment – yes us gardeners need to plan ahead and stopping is not an option!
So first up in the slow gardening category is this insect hotel that I am creating, partly inspired by Francis Tophill’s show garden at Gardeners World Live – I loved what she did blending rusted industrial chic with naturalistic planting. The plan is to make several of these crates and create a tower with some planting spaces too and put it against our wall.
Maybe a critter like this lovely longhorn beetle will move in.
Next up is the lawn / meadow which is awash with clover and therefore with bees. The nice thing about clover is it keeps the grass fresh and green even through these long dry spells we’ve been having. Yes I have been spending a lot of time lounging on the deckchair!
Next up the little pond. I introduced the duckweed to deal with a problem with algae. This might be swapping one problem for another but I think it’s better this way! Frogs have been sighted around the garden so can’t be too bad.
In a moment of industry, I moved this Canna lily to fill a gap in the vibrant border (which is going through a quiet phase). Can’t believe it’s looking so well after a miserable winter in my house with browning leaves and attacks of spider mites. I am a recent convert to Cannas and now feel I need more of them (but I won’t feel that in winter, I know!).
Round to the front path now, where the Oxeye daisies are bring a light summery touch.
And to finish off, am so happy with the sweet peas this year, been picking bunches and bunches for the house. The aphids did go for them at one point but since then three ladybirds moved in and seemed to have polished them off (there is a bonus pic of the ladybirds in action).
Thanks to The Propagator for hosting SOS and hope everyone has a great weekend, whether slow or fast gardening, or just a spot of lounging.