Until now I have referred to our four metre by metre raised beds as my Front Garden Allotment, but this year I am shifting focus to growing flowers for cutting.
I am calling it the Sociable Cutting Garden because there is always someone to chat to as they pass by or our neighbours, or at the very least action to watch on the street. Fragments of conversation float up as I am bending down weeding or sowing seeds.
There will still be some vegetables – onions beneath the Gertrude Jekyll rose and some self-seeded lettuces from last year which I’ve rearranged in a row. But the emphasis will be on flowers for the house or to give as gifts.
Six on Saturday is a wonderful meme created by The Propagator . Do check out the comments in his post to see what gardeners around the world are up to this weekend.
1. Sweet peas
I have been very pleased with the sweet pea seedlings raised from Higgledy Garden seeds. Now they have been planted out in this sunny and dry spot I just hope I can do them justice but remembering to water them and tie them in as they hopefully grow big and strong. Fingers crossed!
2. Ferdinand Pichard rose
My beloved daphne died this year, but not to be deterred I whipped it out and have replaced it with this rose which is an old pink and white striped rose which is in the garden at Charleston farmhouse where I used to volunteer. I have direct sown blue and black cornflowers round the base. In the background are the lovely Thalia narcissi I planted last autumn.
3. Lettuces and calendula
Four little lettuces all in a row and two types of calendula – Indian Prince and Art Shades – which can be direct sown at this time of year.
4. Sunflowers, poppy and borage
Again the sunflowers and borage are direct sown. The poppy is self-sown and I will leave it for now to see if the other seedlings come up in time, but it is a bit of a brute so if it seems to be blocking out their light I will whip it out.
5. Ballerina Tulips
I rather like this wildish corner with the bright Ballerina tulips in a small tub surrounded by Crocosmia. I’m even feeling benevolent towards the detested green alkanet with its admittedly pretty blue flowers.
6. The long view
These are the beds just before I started sowing flower seeds or planted out the sweet peas. Very much a beginning of the season shot. I’m hoping by June this same view will be full of scent and colour.