Wednesday, July 30, 2014

In the Garden

In the last few weeks we've been making some progress in the front garden.
After too many months of a bed full of weeds and bulbs,
the front garden bed along the path
is now almost all dug up, garden mix and compost have been added,
and we've been planting.

Today I went for a wander in the sunshine at the local nursery 
and came home with some seedlings and a birdbath. 
After trying a few spots I set it up and I've planted pansies around it, 
hoping they will grow up and flower soon.
Eventually the birdbath will be nestled among shrubs (if they all grow up).
Until then, it will have to look a bit twee standing tall by itself.

(Also, I'm hoping the lovely green glaze on it is not so shiny that the birds avoid it.
I haven't spotted a single bird near it yet, and meanwhile the birdbath in the backyard 
emptied very quickly today with birds splashing about in it. Hmmm )

Here you can see the two halves of the garden we have dug up and replanted,
the first half was done a few weeks ago and the half closer to the house
is what Steve dug up on the weekend.

It doesn't look like much yet, but we've planted a variety of shrubs and small flowering plants,
hopefully it will be full and green very soon, a cottage garden bed.
This part of the garden gets dappled sunshine, there are very tall trees overhead.

We've relaid stones for a path and I found a sweet groundcover which
should fill the gaps nicely in time, and flower with tiny white star-shaped flowers in summer.

It's so good to get into the garden again,
planning, digging, planting, watering, then checking how they are growing.
(Steve likes to talk to the plants, too.)
Those moments outside are the highlights of my days these last few weeks.

What's happening in your garden?


Amy at love made my home said...

It is a lovely birdbath Fiona, I expect that the birds just haven't found it yet! The garden will be so pretty when it all settles in and starts to grow, and a great welcome to your home. xx

Hill upon Hill said...

Looks good.
There was a party a happening at the other bird bath; who would want to play alone?