It seems a bit early for our first Rose and I should really have taken this picture earlier in the day as the extremely weather has meant the petals are already threatening to fall off but here is the first rose for the year, hopefully the first of many. I’m sure the roots are in the drain. It’s been here a long time and does so well
In my blog I tend to focus on the positives in my garden and what I have grown successfully, you would be excuses therefore for thinking everything I grow turns out well. However, you’d actually be wrong. I have been trying to grow echinacea, also known on coneflower for a number of years and have killed 11 or 12. They just don’t appear to want to grow a second year and when they do they don’t flower again. I have been successful with one, but the garden was built over and I moved the plant and yes it died. I’ve tried yellow, pink, orange, white, a two toned one, one in a pot (it got eaten before I planted it). You might think I should give up, but I love the plant and it goes well with my attempt at growing a cottage garden. So I have a new one (see below), I’ve done a little research, it likes a sunny position in nice soil and some space around it. I’ve put slug pellets down (please don’t shout if you like slugs, I don’t want my plants eating) and given it a support to grow up. I’ll let you know how I get on.
For a while now I have really admired and wanted to grow a bed of wildflowers and by this I do not mean a garden left to its own devices and full of weeds and sometimes known as a wildflower garden. I mean actually sowing a wildflower mix. I have a large garden but have no empty beds that this could be done in so I’ve emptied a trough which had bulbs in, only 1 actually flowered (I’ve replanted it), sown my seeds and covered with gravel just to keep the seed in place. I wait to see what happens next. Pictures are, seed packet, before and after of the trough and if this doesn’t work I’ve basically most lost the cost of the seed packet £3 and some time and I’ll try something else in there next year.
I had a lot of trouble taking this picture, I wanted the cherry tree to be the centre of attention and avoid the compost heap, washing line, shed and too much of the big tree at the back. So here’s my best attempt, here’s hoping for more than 6 cherries this year and that we get them before the birds. We tried to cover it one year which meant the birds couldn’t get the cherries but neither could I and it didn’t look very nice!