I know I keep saying it, but Edible Gardens are beautiful too! Here's some pictures from my garden this weekend.
I came across this lovely book yesterday - A Treasury of Flower Fairies - a beautifully illustrated book with poems telling you all about some of our wild flowers and trees. Of course, I had to pick out some of the edibles to show you.
Flick through the gallery to get an idea of how you can use edibles in your garden (and maybe even attract some fairies).
What a great way to introduce young and old to the beauty and usefulness of these fantastic plants!
I was just looking at some of my stock plants and thought it would be good to share with you how beautiful many edible plants are. Rather than the high maintenance vegetable beds, why not fill your garden with edibles like these:
A brief recap of activities undertaken on my Horticulture course so far:
As part of my plan to move towards growing edible plants for designers and the public, I am embarking on a practical horticulture course, accredited by the Royal Horticultural Society, and run at Cannington Walled Gardens (part of Bridgwater College) in Somerset.
I am always keen to learn new things, and this practical course is perfect for giving me a set of skills which can only be useful for the future.
I am currently delighted to be helping out in a small way with Rhiw Las eco community and their One Planet development plan near Whitland in Wales, by drawing up plot plans as part of their planning permission application.
It's such an amazing project and shows what can be done to reduce the environmental impact we all have on our planet.
This has already been successfully achieved by the Lammas Project, and hopefully will be part of a larger movement towards a less damaging impact on the planet. The planet we all share and which there is only one of.
Today I had the pleasure of visiting The North Somerset Butterfly House. As well as seeing an amazing selection of beautiful butterflies, I was also able to talk to the owner about our shared passion for edible plants, be it foraging in the wild, or producing delicious edibles in your own garden.
I came away with several new ideas, as well as some Sweet Woodruff, which when dried and added to apple juice, creates a wonderful drink.
Thank you to Alison and Pete for a lovely day. Tonight it's Museums at Night at the SS Great Britain. If you aren't local, do come and visit Bristol!
The first non-leafy crops from my new perennial garden are Asparagus Peas and Cucamelons! A handful of each vegetable so far, but the promise of many more to come. Both are quite delicious.
The leafy veg bed is continuing to thrive, providing Russian Kale, Palm Kale and Large Leaf Sorrel in abundance. With a few failures, the perennial garden experiment is generally working well.
The time has come - this gloriously sunny week has seen a flurry of activity in my garden, as my perennial vegetables are being planted out into their final growing positions.
Wildlife spotted so far this year include: hedgehogs, birds, butterflies, mice, slugs (!) and a bat. We also have the addition of a beehive this year, and the colony is industriously working to raise the new brood whenever the weather permits.
One issue I am currently encountering is the 'angry bee' - a bee which will not let me work on my new vegetable bed for more than five seconds, without harassing me until I retreat indoors. It's only ever one bee. I like to think it's the same one, as all the other bees in the garden are very docile. I am not sure how to get round this issue - I have gardening to do!
Local garden designer, helping to keep the West Country beautiful and fruitful.