Thursday 8 March 2012

Then and now!

The above photo is of the garden now. Pots have been left since they last flowered and leaves have gathered around them. A sad and sorry sight. The rest of the garden isn't much better!

The photo above and below are of how it used to look at the same time but a couple of years ago! Unfortunately although I lost interest for a year or two things went on growing! Leaves fell from the oak tree and buried plants and earth. The birds had a great time scratching for bugs under the carpet of leaves.

Herbs such as lemon balm have grown where they wanted and spread over a large part of the herb garden. Marjoran and oregano have gone wild. The herbs I really like have given up the ghost and gone. So I have to plant more dill, basil and coriander. These are not hardy perennials but with our mild winters I had found they went on from year to year but neglect did for them eventually!  

A bit of good news! After Graeme moved the blackcurrant bush I pruned it and in a fit of waste not, want not, I put the cuttings into some compost and put it on the kitchen window sill. And now the cuttings are showing signs of life. The buds are breaking open to show green tips of leaves. So if all goes well I will have four new blackcurrant bushes. Of course blackcurrant is one of the easiest plants to propogate!


  1. Sounds like you have a lot of work to do! :) It will be fun to get back to it though! I didn't know you were back - looking forward to your postings!

  2. I think your garden looks okay. I hope that you'll be able to take care and maintain it more often so that your herbs and berries would grow all-year round.

    Katy Eagles

  3. It's good to know that there is an improvement on the cuttings. It simply proves that hard work pays off! You just have to keep on working on the area, and sooner or later, you will see greater results. Well, it's been a year. I wonder how your garden looks now. I hope that the plants are growing well!

    Matt Kucik @ Meridian Landscaping, LLC