Earlier in the year I wrote a little bit about our front ‘garden’. You can read about that over here. Really it was just a small area with gravel and no life which really just wouldn’t do for me! One planter was put in place and then the rest of the area remained gravelled and bare for a few months. Then Aldi had some really cheap raised beds, so we bought some and doubled them up to make a decent depth since under the gravel is solid clay and no good to plant in. So this is what the area now looks like today. Every single plant in here I have grown from seed this year and I am really pleased with the results.
I wanted a mix of veg and bee attracting flowers. So we have courgettes, tomatoes, kale and lettuce; alongside one of my all time favourite flowers Cosmos (below) which flowers endlessly it seems provided you keep deadheading. I have grown it for many years, and it has been known to still be flowering in November. That was in my London garden though, so it will be interesting to see how long it lasts here. I also have some planted out back too. Buzzy bees love it.
Zingy yellows. Another favourite is Rudbekia’s, with two different types show here. They are so easy to grow and again last for ages. I love how bright and cheery they are.
These tomato plants have not had the side shoots pinched out and have been somewhat neglected in comparison to those in the green house but there are many fruits nestled amongst all the green.
I must confess the flower on the left below self seeded in the gravel. It’s really beautiful but I have no idea what it is. It sits tall in the breeze and gently waves about. Top right is Scabious, another firm favourite with the insects and full of nectar. Below that is night scented stock. I grew mixed seeds of that and so the flower colours are a surprise. There are many more plants yet to come into bloom.
Zinnia’s are so vibrant
White Valerian I adore. I threw seed heads around the gravel.
I forget the name of this climber (I know, really annoying right?). It begins with an L. Grown from seed for the second year I love the different colours.
Linking up with Annie again, please click the link to see other lovely gardens.