Sunday, 11 September 2011

Preparing for 2012

This area is the sunniest part of the garden. It cannot be seen from the house so feels very private and hidden. I always wanted it to be surrounded by flowers but have always struggled with the bed in front of the hedge which is so dry.  I am making some changes by putting in another small path for easier access with a pot of mint at the end. I am replacing the planting with drought tolerant planting.

The bed by the fence has been cleared of the roses 'White Gold' and 'Aloha', these have both been very disappointing. The sweet peas have done really well, they are coming to an end and will be removed soon. I am going to sow some hardy annuals for some early flowers next year.

Back to this year. These scabious are very close in colour to Aster 'Little Carlow'. One of them will have a new home.

Cosmos 'Dazzler' has done really well, better than 'Purity' which I planted in the dry border.

 These are asters bought in the supermarket. Possibly something to grow next year.

The last of the Nigella seedheads.

Some of you might be interested in my other new blog called 'Cotton and Roses'. I am making and selling bunting, hearts and other cotton decorative items which will be available in my Etsy shop soon. The blog is charting my progress.


  1. Hi,

    There's always one border that continues to cause problems no matter what we attempt to plant there. Perhaps lots and lots of compost added will help and then cover with bark to hold in some of the moisture that the hedge doesn't drink?
    I have a few problematic borders where I struggle to get anything to grow, but hopefully one day I'll sort the problems!

  2. Thanks Liz. I had the same thought about the compost. I have several bags from my compost bin.

  3. It's a lovely little hidden place, tho, so well worth the effort to improve for your own enjoyment. Besides, what gardener really wants to finish? As long as there are changes to be made, and new things to be tried.... there's life in the garden!

  4. I have the same problem with one of my beds. I just cannot get it to suit me so I keep tweaking it. It is not as dry as yours though. Your Cosmos are so pretty and that supermarket aster is gorgeous.

  5. Gode billeder.
    Hvor har du en hyggelig siddeplads.
    Din scabiose er smuk.