Garden Revamp #5 (potager)

The garden is starting to spring to life & I need to get on with the last corner in the new revamped garden – the veg plot. I have decided to try to make a little potager garden- a mix of fruit veg & flowers, all grown together to look pretty & act as companions to reduce pests by confusion /distraction. In France this is a common style of productive but pretty gardening,  my plot is quite tiny, approx 2m square, I will try not to get too carried away……

   

 
 
At the end of the summer I covered the area in cardboard & then emptied emptied the compost bin on top & then covered with well rotted manure. We found an old carpet & more cardboard to cover over winter & to encourage the worms to do their work, so now it should be ready for some planting. 

My plan is to have a permanent structure of columnar fruit trees / standard bushes & then grow some beans, sweet peas, squash etc up obelisks & edible salad & flowersin the space around.

The trees are ordered & should arrive soon but I need to purchase or make some type of obelisk & decide on some veg varieties. 

This is the picture in my head – watch this space……………

  

This is the tiny potager in a beautiful Berkshire garden – see here for more stunning images from this garden.

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Mutant Flowers

If you saw my earlier post re: Essenden open gardens you will know that I purchased several plants from the gardeners during that day.

One of them was this magnificent Argyranthemum or yellow Marguerite, it has been amazing & has really taken off since I planted it 6 weeks ago. The flowers are plentiful & a really vibrant zingy yellow, fading to cream as they age – it looks great from my kitchen window – its a real splash of colour.  

The other day I noticed something strange – a couple of the flowers were ‘Siamese Twins’ – the stem had 2 flowerheads that were back to back – a very strange mutation which I think is called fasciation?? Although -these flowerheads are not deformed -there are just 2 of them!!

   
    
 
Interesting phenomenon – much prettier than the usual fasciation where flowers look weird & abnormal – these are perfect identical twins.

This part of the garden is coming along nicely now, we have reduced the size of the bed, added strips of turf either side, the compost bin area has been tidied up & we have used old slabs that were lying around to make a ‘paved’ area – this is temporary as we will replace the shed soon.  

   
    
The bed has been planted with yellow, orange & blue/purple colour scheme. We kept the existing Strawberry Tree & dwarf Conifer & planted a Phlomis shrub, the yellow Marguerite, a couple of orange Gerberas, 3 Verbena Bonariensis, some orange Geum, (not flowering yet), a blue Geranium & some blue Asters & orange Californian Poppies from my mum’s garden. Hopefully by next year it should be in full bloom & looking great.

(The dog has already christened the new turf!)

  
The view from my kitchen window is beginning to look much prettier!