It’s gardening time, here at the Tranquil Hermitage (YO!)
In the past year I have mainly maintained what Olly left me, added a few plants (mostly gifts) and moved a few things around. I have also observed how Poppet uses the space, and I will be gardening partly in response to her habits. I planted some sweet peas, but they weren’t all that. Partly, I didn’t really dig over the soil or improve it before planting, but mostly Poppet sat on them. There is little point in trying to use the railing as a plant support, when it’s where Pops receives many of her public. And I don’t want to cover it up too much anyway, since it allows me to see the river from my bed. Olly planted four or five ivies. They’ve not taken off yet, and I totally get what he was trying to do with them, but now that I have a plan of my own I’m planning to guerrilla garden them over to a neglected planting on the estate. I dug one up this morning and put it in a little pot ready for transfer.
I don’t know that I will get rid of all the ivies, but that one was definitely surplus to requirements. See, my plan is to plant out all these exciting edibles from the James Wong book I invested in. I heard him talk on radio 4 about his theory that we should plant edibles that look amazing and don’t cost a fortune to grow. He didn’t come across very well, clearly not R4 material, but I was buzzed about the idea, and have decided to have a mostly edible garden. This means that I am getting rid of things which might STEAL moisture and goodness from the soil. Like this tree for example. Which I just dug up from where the fork is resting.
Also right there is a little variegated ivy, which is rather pretty but which is on the edge of my PROJECT SPACE. I am in two minds whether to leave it, replant it with the other ivy or move it within the garden. Okay, that was three minds. There’s a second variegated ivy along the other wall where nothing normal grows, which means I should probably move it there or else take it out. I JUST DON’T KNOW.
So then this flower was really nice last year and it provided what they call winter interest. Howevs, it’s got really big and it’s in my way.
My plan is to split it up and put bits of it all over the place. A neighbour, Paul wants some of it, I can put it in spaces like this;
and think about it later. The big space is where the lavender went a bit too mental. I cut it back and took some of it away. I think this pot will go with the little tree to the sad neglected place.
And here are some little tiny lavenderlings. No idea what I will do with them when they grow up, but I don’t have to decide straight away.
After I have dug up the monster flower bush and redistributed it I can get on with the next phase, which involves laying a curved path with a bit for poppet to sit on when she entertains her guests at the railing, and which should help me not stand on my new plants too much.
You’re dying of excitement right now, I know. Be patient, documentation of further adventures coming soon!