Having lived the majority of my adult life in a city centre apartment with a small balcony and then in a new build house with only a marginally bigger outdoor space, it’s safe to say that my gardening skills are somewhat lacking. Even naming flowers is a stretch for me. Pretty? Yes. Identifiable? Hmm, not really.
A year after moving to a house with a rather substantial garden, it’s time for me to start ignoring the interior – and splashing the white paint around – and finally acknowledge what’s beyond the windows. I think the key is to start small. Go for the quick wins. Tackle something that I can take a little bit of pride in in order to find the motivation to spur me on to deal with the bigger challenges. So, I’ve made a gentle start by choosing pretty planters for the patio in front of our kitchen window.
Gorgeous planters ticked off my list, then came the trickier part. What to put in them? Firstly, I consulted google. The amount of information – and sometimes conflicting information - was too much for my uninformed brain to take so I decided that the best thing to do was to head to my local garden centre and chat with the experts face to face. If you’re as clueless about plants and planting as I am, I can wholly recommend this. They work with plants every day and are so knowledgeable. An hour later I came away with a car boot full of:
Plants that are perfect to pot in spring.
Plants so pretty that I simply couldn’t resist them.
Plants that my five-year-old added to our trolley without me noticing.
And some incredible-smelling herbs to make a miniature and mobile herb garden in one of the larger pots.
A nice combination, right?
For my fellow non-green-fingered wannabe gardeners out there, I opted for:
Primula (in both cream and ice pink) – great for pots in sun or partial shade, and flowers early to late spring.
Iberis Snowsurfer – pretty white flowers that bloom in spring and are great pollinators so ideal for bees.
Pony Tail Grass – a hardy perennial that makes the loveliest swooshing sound in the breeze.
English bluebells and heather – bluebells are a personal favourite of mine, so while you don’t traditionally find them in pots, I’m going to give them a try, anyway.
Kitchen herbs – mint (I’m told that it can be a pest but think of the mojitos!) , oregano, parsley, and rosemary.
What do you think? Now comes the hard work. Looking after them. And tackling the other 1.49 acres. Wish me luck!