Filling the Beds & Baskets for a Summer Full of Flowers
I love beds like the one in the first picture. I took this picture in the spring when we were looking at the house and I was so pleased to see beds like this. I find they have a huge capacity for creating something special in the garden every season. With wonderful brick beds such as these you can have bulbs coming up in the spring, shorter shrubs in the autumn and even small temporary Christmas trees, doused with lights in the winter.
For our first summer here I decided to get some daisies in.
This hanging bed sits just above the brick bed and they, along with another hanging bed to the other side of the door, make the side entrance to the house very special.
Isn’t it funny, we knew within days of being here that we would not be using the ‘real’ front door terribly often but would instead be using the side door that takes you almost directly in to the kitchen. I bet that many of you out there have doors such as this. Because it’s the entrance that’s most in use it was the first bit of gardening I got down to when we arrived on the 8th of May.
Well, I say the 8th of May as that’s the day we moved in, but I got tucked in to this area on the 9th of May (lazy!!!!!) and randomly ended up starting it at nighttime. It’s funny how the first week or so in a new place feels so much like a holiday that you end up doing various bits and pieces at funny times of the day (or night). It was a fresh evening, my Dad had just finished putting some more of the sweet peas in to the bed behind me and I had to go inside to get my jacket on as it was turning chilly. You can tell we were all new and shiny in the place as my garden spade still has its plastic jacket on.
And this is how those two beds look right now.
Not particularly ‘neat’ or anything like that but that’s what I like about the daisy family. They are not neat just enthusiastic and welcoming and THAT is what I wanted in an area that we walk into every time we enter the house, in these summer months anyway.
In the long front bed I put a mixture of pink and white plants. They need an awful lot of deadheading but I do that as a wind down in the evening. Although I’ve gotten in to a habit of leaving my deadheads in little piles all over the place only to be blown away by any gusts of wind that appear.
I only used white flowers in the two hanging beds and stuffed some of that fantastic straw like bedding in to any gaps that were in the lining of the bed. If you tuck it in tight enough then it stays put and holds the moisture fairly well. There are hanging beds of this type all around the side of the house and I feel excited about planning a different colour scheme (or perhaps the same, darn it) for each side of the house!
Daisies! Friendly, open, enthusiastic wee things that say “Hello” with a wide open face whenever they see you.
I know another Daisy like that…….
See you tomorrow morning.
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