The plot (haha) was hatched early in the year, when Stephen and Favorite Stepson kindly removed a potentially house-lifting fig tree and a giant Yukka which had been elbowing the deck on the west side of the house. A few weeks later my lovely ex- sister-in-law (is that a thing?), now my beloved sis-in-the-garden, came to visit. She arrived with a car full of plants from her Auckland place and together we weeded out swathes of kikuyu, dug in a few barrow-loads of horse poo goodness, and got to planting. Thank you Mrs Williams!
So far this new border has, in the best tradition of gardens, cost almost nothing. Apart from a couple of punnets from Mitre 10, all the plants have been grown from cuttings, gifted, moved from somewhere else on the property, or are self sown.
These have been my sources (skip this section if you are not a gardener, it’s mainly for my own records):
- French lavender seedlings from AntiGene and UnklEd’s garden.
- English lavender grown from cuttings acquired from the grass verge in the local village.
- Star jasmine, primulas and calla lillies from Mrs Williams.
- Globe artichoke, a gift from Lisajane.
- Gardenia donated by Grandma Marie.
- Freesia bulbs which were here when we arrived, overcrowded and starving to death in a pot.
- Rose ‘Duchess de Brabant’. A cutting taken from a plant which grew at our old house.
- Sweet peas, granny bonnets and nasturtiums all self sown.
- Rose ‘Munstead Wood’ purchased with Christmas money (thanks Grandma Marie).
- Thrift and stock (plus some delphiniums which were promptly eaten by snails), seedling punnets from Mitre 10.
The English Garden is far from being worthy of Vita, but it is coming along quite nicely.
And, just so you don’t think those pretty pictures of flowers mean I have tamed anything more than a few square metres, here’s a wide shot including what I’m generously calling ‘lawn’.
We are going mower-free here and the horses haven’t been on that patch in a while now. There’s a plan at some stage to enlist a couple of kunekune pigs to manage grass control (in conjunction with moveable electrified netting in case roses are also appealing to piggies).
One thing at a time my friends, one thing at a time…