It has been a while since I posted regular updates on this blog – I have been poorly for some months, but am on the mend now. It has also meant that I have not been able to spend much time in the garden. What time and energy I did have went largely on growing plants in pots for Shrewsbury Flower Show – for me this was a very much harder proposition than growing them in the ground.
So over the summer the garden has pretty much looked after itself. I have been able to harvest lots of goodies recently – skirret, root parsley, root chicory, Jerusalem artichoke, kales, leaf beet, chard. The perennials were already in the garden and the annuals sown early before I was ill.
It has been gratifying to see how the garden has fared well with the very least of attention:
Radish (on the left), which I left to flower has attracted insects all summer in droves and lots of questions from visitors – “what is that pretty lilac coloured plant?”. The variegated Daubenton’s kale on the right is surrounded by land cress going to seed, wild marjoram, dandelion, oca, mashua, wild rocket going to seed.
Last year’s flat leaf parsley made an incredible display of flowers for weeks, if not months, attracting many, many bees, beetles, flies, wasps and butterflies. It was truly gorgeous.
There were only a few mashua tubers planted here but they have grown so large, you can just see some oca plants peeking through from below. The Jerusalem artichokes at the back are taller than me.
There are lots of little patches where herbs, flowers, veggies all intermingle have seeded themselves. This picture is a is tulbaghia (society garlic) in the centre (which I planted) surrounded with self set love in a mist, calendula, wild marjoram and fennel. Autumn has been, and continues to be, absolutely beautiful and I am really relishing my luxuriant and lovely garden.