We had a blank canvas of turf to play with, which was great and slightly intimidating as well – what if we get it wrong!?
Gareth came up with a plan to have climbing roses all along the back fence, since it gets good sunlight.
Also along the fence is a border of perennials, in colour groups to match the roses. We started with the purple section, gradually taking up more turf and adding more plants, and will carry on next year.
All that turf we dug up has gone into raised beds. Gareth recently finished making these (I helped – drilling is quite fun).
The split level one has our herbs above, and in the lower level a housewarming gift of a blackcurrant bush – how many blackcurrants for a glass of Ribena? The middle one has vegetables, currently spinach, broccoli, and cabbage; and the final one is still being filled, and will be for cut flowers.
The birds disappeared around late July/August, but according to the RSPB this is normal, especially as there is farmland nearby and plenty of grain to be feasting on this time of year. We’ll expect them back in Autumn as it gets colder.
In the meantime, we’re diving into The Cut Flower Patch by Louise Curley, and making plans for the third raised bed.