The garden has started to develop a little, its unfortunate that we had so much rain at the start of spring as it was difficult to get out and work on it, but with our recent sunny spell its improved considerably. The snowdrops turned green so I have relocated a few of them underneath the hazel tree. There are lesser celandine and bluebells too so I am going to turn the area into a very small woodland and plant winter / early spring flowers around the dogs graves.
The raised bed has been dug over and some of the ivy roots removed – the ones that would come out! The roses have been relocated slightly, they were at the front of the bed which meant it was difficult to tend, so they have been located closer together and fill a patch of their own. Through the middle of the roses there is now a brick path to the fence, solely so plants don’t get trodden on when the trailcam is attached to the fence post! The fence has been jet washed and treated. The wildflower seeds have been sown – some are already sprouting 🙂
Before starting a proper plan for the garden I thought I ought to look up plants that are poisonous to cats and dogs. I never knew ivy or cyclamen were harmful to them. Seeing there are both already in the garden I checked with the owner what his thoughts were. Seeing they have been there for years and there has never been any ill effect he is happy for them to stay. I will however be checking anything I plan on planting first as I would hate to cause any harm to the furry residents!
I now have a rough plan for the garden but it is likely to adapt as time goes on and I learn what I am meant to be doing! As you can see from the below, I plan on keeping the ivy on the outside of the fence away from the dogs but still accessible for insects. There is going to be a very small pond area in the corner near the ‘woodland’ with a frogaloo next to it. Next to the bird feeders will be a viburnum that will eventually grow large enough to offer a lot of cover for the birds. The rest of the flower beds will hopefully be covered in wildflowers – though I am expecting it to be a sparse covering this year. I am however slightly worried about the grasses and stinging nettles that might appear from the other side of the fence and take over! so I will have to keep a close eye on what grows.