Some of my previous blogs have looked at how to garden for bumblebees, so I thought that it was about time that I took you on a tour of my garden so you can see how it grows.
When I first moved into this house, the garden wasn’t bad for bees. There are a few shrubs which are beneficial (potentilla, buddleia, hebe, cotoneaster and roses) but not very much else. As it’s a rented house, I didn’t want to do too much radical work (e.g. replacing the lawn with a meadow), but I found ways to work with what I have available to me.
So the first thing I see when I enter the garden via the patio doors is my collection of plants in pots which sit on the raised paved area. Previously this area had no plants, but because I was struggling with the soil here (thick clay which bakes hard in the sun), I had to put many plants in pots. I actually quite like this though, as it means the plants come right up to the glass doors and can always be seen up close.
Crammed onto this patio you’ll see: rudbeckia, salvia ‘ hot lips’, polemonium, alpine strawberries, dahlia, rose, cosmos, astilbe, spirea, cornflower, geranium, snapdragon and scabious.more...