Who knew that two consecutive sunny weekends could make such a difference.
I started on the flower and herb beds by the shed. The soil isn’t great and it is shaded from the morning sun by the trees. I have a polytunnel covering the other part of the plot at this end, so flowers and herbs seemed the way to go.
This is what the area looked like back in 2009:
Then it all started to grow!
and then it got out of hand! The globe artichoke become a huge monster, which was replaced by a polite Victoria plum tree.
The only thing that remains is the box hedge, the plum tree and the daffodils. I’ve given it a deep mulch with compost and re-planted with aquilegia, mallow, daisy and yarrow. When it warms up a bit more, I’ve some Lavender Munstead and Hidcote to use as a low hedge to the front. I’m not going to replant herbs; they are much better kept just outside the back door. I’m not quite decided yet, but as is it sheltered it would make a good place for the dahlias…hmmm
So that was two beds down. The apple and pear cordons and espaliers have been very neglected, so it was their turn for a spot of restoration. I use wood chip laid over weed membrane to create paths and cover the area around the trees. It looks lovely for a couple of years and then it starts to rot down and the weeds move in. There was nothing for but to get down on my hands and knees with a hand mattock and pull it all up. Here’s the before and afters…
What a mess! but after a several trips to the compost bin with the weeds and half cooked woodchip compo, it looked like this…….