With so much to do in the garden and so little time, we’re continuing to look for easy wins to make us feel like we’re making progress and relatively on top of things. We’re not. But for every pot planted and small area of a patio weeded, we afford ourselves a quick tea break and gentle pat on the back. And I’m hoping that I can enrol two additional helpers come the summer holidays in the form of the small humans that tend to run rampage around the garden throwing rugby balls in the pond and cricket balls up trees. Any tips to get them onboard, let me know!
One thing that we’re preparing to do is to plant a wildflower meadow. We have a patch of grass, maybe a third an acre, that sits between the garden to the side of the house and the road beyond - the garden tour will give you a better idea of the space. It will reduce the amount of mowing we have to while also creating a haven for wildlife and pretty photo opportunities for me. I simply can’t see any downside. I’ve poured over advice from Plantlife and invested in a bumper pack of seed balls and I think we’re almost good to go.
Other than mowing a small path through it, we’ve pretty much left this area to do its own thing for the past year, so it’s already in quite a natural state with a few different wildflowers and grasses. When we mow it properly at end of August/beginning of September-ish (following the traditional pattern of hay meadow management), we’ll add the seed balls to encourage more growth and then hopefully we’ll have an abundance of flowers and wildlife the following year.
If it all works out, we’re going to do the same thing with the half an acre that sits on the other side of the house. I’m keeping my eye on eBay for a bargain shepherd’s hut to sit in the middle of it all. Can you image the sunsets surrounded by wildflowers and bees? Heaven!