It’s still raining here and the puddles are getting bigger and deeper and more pond like in the paddock. The sheep are very happy mooching around and the cheeky little Pukekoes are just adoring this inclement weather. They love splashing around in puddles on their awkward red legs; such a geeky, gawky bird!
I forgot to mention in my last post that there is something other than Sorting and Trying Something New that I like to do when it’s rainy; I like Planning. Nothing pleases me more than a little Light Planning aka Dreaming. I always have a notebook of some description ready to be filled with my thoughts and wonderings. Here is my latest one:
Not what you were expecting? It’s a little Retro isn’t it?! It’s been upcycled from an old recipe book; old pages have been included throughout the book amongst the new pages. My hubbie, Mr Fig, bought it for me as I have a bit of a thing about herbs. My Planning today is all about Spring!
I have lots of new ideas for my garden this Spring. I was delighted to receive my new copy of the latest Kings Seeds catalogue; I’ve clocked up a sizeable list of seeds to buy already. I find that I go through phases with flowers; especially certain colours. For the last two years I’ve gone mad for lime green and orange; pairing Zinnia Giant Lime with orange crepe poppies and calendulas with Bells of Ireland. I noticed after browsing through this catalogue that spiky purple flowers were On My Mind. We have a circular bed in the middle of our drive; the Roundabout Bed (or the drives-me-round-the-bend bed). It’s a bit of a conundrum for me so I’ve been very slowly (4 years worth of slowly) taking out plants and paring it back to a bare canvas. I found quite a few limestone rocks hiding under the agapanthas and Mr Fig very kindly went off with the trailer to procure a few more to edge part of the roundabout bed. What a difference! I don’t have Before and after photos but the purple spiky plants are the next addition to reinvent this bed so I will be photographing my progress from now on. Here are my purple spiky contenders….
I’m particularly taken with the Agastache since it has a lovely minty scent which I will benefit from every time I amble through the trying-hard-to-be-a-bluebell-wood path to feed the chickens. I also love the thought of anise with it’s culinary possibilities (great in fruit salads and teas). Decisions, decisions…. Here are a few more of my flower choices for 2013 including the Snail Vine that I can envisage scrambling over the back gate and arch of the vege garden wafting it’s gorgeous scent all over the veges! I love a bit of wafting! There’ll be a bit more scrambling action with Peach Melba Nasturtiums too; who can resist that yummy pudding name?
I have lots and lots of herbs but I still can’t resist adding to my herb beds with Alchemilla mollis. I was inspired by the wonderful blog Life in Mud Spattered Boots to plant Alchemilla molis with Globe artichokes and feverfew; just gorgeous.
These herbs look a bit interesting too…..
I grow so many veges from seed that it’s a bit overwhelming to picture them all. Therefore I’m going to show you my Ones To watch for 2013. These are ones that I haven’t grown before and am therefore not just a little but excited about! Gobstopper size carrots, mini white cucumbers and strawberry spinach. Yes spinach pickled with tiny little strawberries; both cucumbers and strawberry spinach will be perfect for my Pimm’s Bed.
Mmmm I can see it all now; a riot of colour and scent. Will be interesting to see just how my Planning turns out in Practice!!