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When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy,Jean Shinoda Bolen
careenough about yourself to make room for it in your life.
Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun. ~ Christina Rossetti
Last week, I took you on a tour of my Autumn Garden. I am so chuffed to see the parts of my garden that are planted up and doing well, but they contrast with some remaining disappointments.
My big frontal turn off…
My front garden is the big one. It’s craptacular. Even the pictures fail to convey just how depressing it is.
I have dilly-dallied about with some ideas, each more rubbish than the last! Garden design is not my forte. I want something that is simple, functional and beautiful. I am hoping to get my act together by spring, as I would really like to have a perennial patch planted and flourishing by summer. It is an awkward size, slope and aspect. Anything too formal would look like its trying too hard compared to the style of my home. Anything too unstructured is going to look a mess! It has me stumped.
The second spot would have to be my sad citrus patch.
I planted these three citrus (a mandarin, navel and blood orange) not long after we first moved in. They have been ignored pretty much since. They have been attacked by a number of creepy crawlies, deprived of water and generally neglected. But my plan to save them is quite straightforward. I am going to trim back every bit of diseased leaf, water regularly, be vigilant with the manure and put them on a regular garlic and soap spray regime. I am also going to under plant them with some dwarf lavenders, in an effort to attract bees and lovely friendly bugs into the garden.
Next season, I hope they will be bursting with flower and fruit. The smell of orange blossom mixed with lavender promises to be so intoxicating. I plan to just swing in my hammock nearby and float into an olfactory coma.
The awkward bit at the bottom of the garden….
Finally, it’s the awkward spot in the greenhouse. It is sandy, a mess of angles and levels, largely inaccessible, but protected and shady. It is going to be my comfrey patch. I am hoping the roots stretch their legs down to draw nutrients from the depths. The retaining beds seem to constantly seep sand, so I am also hoping comfrey will help stabilise the soil. Comfrey can be used to make a nutrient rich, compost tea. It is also a traditional accelerant to the compost pile. Plus, at the end of the season, it can be slashed down to ground level, only to regrow next season.
Thankfully, this week promises to be fantastic for gardening. No rain, but pleasantly sun-shiny all week. I had better get cracking.