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A desire to nurture & support nature

SOUNDS FROM MY GARDEN

MY GARDEN PROVIDES GREAT JOY

Whilst in its infancy, it already is a joy. I fell for gardening after immersing myself in my friend Brigitte Girling's 'garden for nature, in 2022. My garden is also for nature, and secondary to provide me with a tranquil place in which to lose myself.

Over the months I have been surprised by how simple changes to a garden can make a significant difference. There is still much to be done, but it almost feels as though in a blink of an eye nature has come to my corner of the world. 

Birds flit from one food source to another, bees have their pollen fill, butterflies & moths bask in the sun, soil is full of earth loving creatures, plants and flowers mingle with random abandon.

Whilst, a residential garden like mine, termed a 'sterile bubble', in-which colonisation will only be encouraged to take place if more of us create gardens & spaces for nature, there is hope.  Landowners local to me and throughout the UK are managing small to sizeable plots of land in the countryside and turning them into spaces that help to support nature, and some neighbouring land owners are doing the same. The more land owners that turn land into green spaces for nature, the greater the chance of colonisation, which in-turn will help improve biodiversity.

 

I hear in conversation with local farmers and farm shop owners, that have taken over from their parents, how they are managing land for the good of rebuilding its richness through regenerative farming, and as I visit friends, flower growers, flower farmers, estate owners & gardeners etc. their desire for supporting nature comes through in their conversations and actions.

GARDEN INSECT SIGHTINGS

Lepidoptera: my garden is visited and enjoyed by a number of Butterflies and Moths, such as painted lady [Vanessa cardui], common blue [Polyommatus icarus], white cabbage, and peacock [glais io]. 

Hymenoptera: bee; Common carder bee [Bombus pascuorum], buff bottomed bee, wasp, ant, and potentially saw flie, plus all manor of creatures that I am yet to identify when my knowledge improves.

BEING IN NATURE IS INCREDIBLY SPECIAL

Being in nature is so special. My town house is situated on the edge of the countryside. Wild Geese, Swans, Herons, Red Kites often fly over my garden, and in the summertime I am often up with the sun with a cuppa in my hand, accompanied by my cat, delighting in the insects and birds that choose to spend time in my garden.

GARDEN PLANTINGS

In August I introduced Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus' coneflower and Rudbeckia occidentalis 'Green Wizard', inspired by an image shared on Instagram by Brigitte & Adam's of @our.english.topiarygarden. I am fascinated by coneflowers.

SENSORY GARDEN FOR NATURE:

Common Snowdrop, Cosmos, Scabia, Lavender, Heather, Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus', Daisy, California poppy, Oregano, Basil, Rosemary, Thyme [left to flower], Chive.

KITCHEN GARDEN:

Garlic, Lettuce, Snap Peas, Rhubarb, Thyme, Basil, Beetroot, Oregano, Rosemary.

FLOWER GARDEN:

Rudbeckia occidentials 'Green Wizard', The Bride, David Austin Mary Delany® Rose, Japanese anemone, Magic Carpet, Dahlia, Cosmos, Daisy, Aubretia, Magnolia, Acer, Grasses, Thyme, Rosemary, Alium.

I thoroughly recommend to plant cosmos in your garden. It adds colour and interest for later in the season, summer through to autumn, and just keeps on giving. I inadvertently planted a yellow Cosmos, which works wonderfully amongst the purple of the Lavendar, but plan to plant white in 2024.

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