This 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.
The 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.
Over 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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