FLOWERING GARDEN 2015

THE STORY BEHIND MY GARDEN THIS YEAR

ON EASTER MONDAY THIS YEAR, MY LITTLE YORKSHIRE TERRIER DIED.  HE WAS A BIG DOG IN A LITTLE BODY AND INCREDIBLY LOYAL TO ME.  I BROUGHT HIM HOME AND HE WAS BURIED UNDER THE TREE AT THE BACK OF THE GARDEN.  AT THAT TIME, THE AREA ROUND IT AND AT THE BACK OF MY DEN WAS PILED WITH DEAD LEAVES ETC AND NOT USED AT ALL.

I DECIDED THAT HE SHOULD HAVE NICE SURROUNDINGS TO BE IN AND ALSO WHERE  I COULD SIT NEAR HIM SOMETIMES.

FIRST OF ALL, I CLEARED ANY WEEDS UNDER THE TREE AND PLANTED A LITTLE CIRCLE OF BIZZY LIZZIE'S AS THEY LIKE THE SHADE.  I ADDED AN ORNAMENTAL METAL DOG AND TWO CATS TO REPRESENT THE TWO CATS THAT HAD ALSO DIED RECENTLY.

AFTER THAT I CLEARED AWAY THE BACK OF MY DEN AND FOUND THE PAVING SLABS AGAIN,  I PUT A LITTLE TRELLIS FENCE ACROSS THAT CAN BE PULLED BACK AND MADE IT IN TO THE BARBECUE AREA (THE MAN CAVE THAT MY BIG BABY BOY USES WHEN WE HAVE BARBECUES).

I COVERED THE AREA UNDER THE TREE WITH BARK CHIPPINGS AND PUT LITTLE ORNAMENTS THERE FOR MY LITTLE BABIES TO LOOK AT.  THERE ARE LANTERNS HANGING FROM THE TREES AND SOLAR TOPIARY BALLS ALONG THE TRELLIS AT THE BACK.

WHEN I HAD DONE ALL THIS, I DIDN'T STOP THERE.  I DECIDED TO PLANT THE BIG HANGING BASKET DIFFERENTLY THIS YEAR BY CRAMMING IT FULL OF PLANTS.  ALSO I MADE THE LARGE GIANT FUSCHIA/BIZZIE LIZZIE BALL.  I HADN'T MADE ONE FOR MANY YEARS AND WHEN I DID THEY WERE BIZZIE LIZZIE BALLS.

I ALSO EXPERIMENTED WITH THE HANGING VEGETABLE BASKET, PLUS VEGETABLE PATCHES, NONE OF WHICH I HAD EVER GROWN BEFORE.  I TIDIED UP THE AREA BEHIND THE GARAGE AND PLANTED IT PROFUSELY WITH FLOWERS.  EVERY BASKET OR TUB WILL HAVE SOME BEGONIA CORMS OR BEGONIA SEMPAFLORENS IN THEM AS THEY LASTED UNTIL NOVEMBER LAST YEAR IN FLOWER.  I ALSO TOOK THEM IN IN THEIR POTS LAST YEAR TO SAVE THEM FOR THIS YEAR.

ONCE I STARTED THE GARDEN BLOG, I WAS FINDING ALL SORTS OF THINGS TO TRY AND OBVIOUSLY I HAVE TO KEEP MY GARDEN UP TO SCRATCH TO FOLLOW EVERYTHING THROUGH.