Around the log pile and ponds

Log pile and pondThis year on the area around the log pile I’m hoping to sow and grow Phacelia tanacetifolia along with white, rather than blue, borage (Borago officinalis var. alba).  It looks untidy at the moment with dead grass and rosebay willowherb (Chamerion angustifolium) stems as I wait to early spring before removing them.  Apart from that I try to leave the log pile undisturbed.

Chicory in flowerThe  pond, an old washing up bowl, is hidden away at one end, and  generally stays ice free. Also growing here are teasels (Dipsacus fullonum) and chicory (Cichorium intybus).  All these look good and are beneficial for bees.


Dustbin lid pond patchOver on the other side of the plot is another pond (see below*), an upturned dustbin lid, around which grow the poached egg plants (Limnanthes douglasii) which are good for bees and butterflies. They freely self-seed to grow every year. The only problem is that once they’ve finished flowering the area looks rather colourless.  (*The pond is hidden by the grass centre-left of the picture, which was taken last October)

To remedy that I’m going to sow a packet of pollen and nectar meadow mixture seeds comprising some 30 different varieties of grasses and wild flowers. These should provide interest for much of the year, and it’ll certainly be fun identifying what’s grown.

Have a good week!

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24 Responses to Around the log pile and ponds

  1. Always an education your posts Flighty

  2. You too, Flighty. I keep looking out at my garden while in the kitchen. The birds which are busy on the feeder already seem to be pairing up. I watched two jenny wrens the other day busy in the shrubs. You don’t normally see them in pairs. A few days later in the evening, they were calling to each other. I hope the remain in my garden and build a nest. It would be lovely. Have a great week.

  3. Jo says:

    I like those seed mixes, it’s always fun trying to identify what’s growing.

  4. Julie says:

    I look forward to seeing your meadow mix in flower. One of hubby’s bee keeping friends gave us some seeds from his Phacelia tanacetifolia.. we sprinkled some up near the bee hives last year and it is growing well and some I did in pots to put in the garden borders. Looking forward to seeing them flower and buzzing with bees. You have a good week too! :o) xx

  5. snowbird says:

    You have some lovely plans Flighty, I shall look forward to seeing the meadow mix and the white

  6. CJ says:

    I’ll be interested to see what your pollen and nectar flowers are like, there are certainly plenty of varieties in the packet. It’s a good time of year to plan for the growing season. CJ xx

  7. Glo says:

    Little creatures and insects will appreciate the grasses and log pile during winter. I like the sound of a meadow mixture. Exciting to anticipate new growth in the Spring 🙂

  8. Thank you for sharing Flighty have a blessed week, it will sure be nice seeing how it comes on.

  9. elaine says:

    I’ve tried those meadow mixes before and they seem to consist mainly of plantains and teasels with one or two little surprises like red and white campion, I suppose it depends which meadow the seeds are taken from. Be interesting to see what emerges.

  10. What a lovely plan Flighty, can’t wait to see the results! I’m hoping this will be the year I succeed with poached egg plants too.

  11. nikkipolani says:

    Oooh, that’ll be pretty, Flighty. Always love seeing the cheery poached egg blooms and now they’ll have some colorful company.

  12. wellywoman says:

    I love the sound of that meadow seed mix. I look forward to seeing what appears. I’ve never grown chicory before, the flowers are gorgeous. Wishing you a belated Happy New Year. xx

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