Managing the garden however has been a real challenge. Mostly the garden is winning.
Although summer seems to have disappeared, our garden continues to run rampant.
I remember back at the end of March when I was dismayed by the volume of weeds, and actually tried wielding a trowel and some garden gloves. This may have had some connection with the imminent arrival of Andy-the-gardener to prune the assorted climbing roses, vines and wisteria making a break for the roof, and my embarrassment at the state of the rest of the garden.
The bed at the back of the house started off like this:
|Flower bed before: I'm sure some of these are genuine plants|
|Flower bed afterwards: visible earth!|
Anyway, fast forward four months, and the plants have fought back.
|Think "rustic charm" rather than "unkempt"...|
At least the bees are happy. And I can promise myself that if the rain would only hold off a bit, I'd go back outside and hoick out more of the undergrowth.
|Unfortunately googling "round blue thistle like flowers that bees like" |
did not reveal the name of this plant.