It’s the first week of June and there has been an explosion of growth in the garden – albeit a lot of green. Our neighbours garden is FULL of colour – yellows, oranges, purples – ours: a sea of different shades of green. I guess it’s my own fault though…I am a bit of a bedding flower snob. I don’t like most inexpensive bedding flowers like impatiens (busy lizzies in the UK), marigolds, alyssum, and most of all petunias. I hate petunias. Isn’t that odd? What do I like? I love snapdragons, sweetpea and lobelia. Thankfully – those are my only saving grace in this garden right now! That, and the neighbour gave me 2 clumps of some unknown flower…How My Irish Garden Grows:
From seed folks. Yeah me! All the gardeners are shaking their heads “WHY is there so much in there?” well I didn’t seriously think all of it would LIVE! But it did. And now I have cabbage, beets and I think carrots growing. In one very small fruit box.
I have no idea what these seedlings are, I know they are flowers but beyond that – its a mystery. They took weeks and weeks to get that big. I picked up the basket from a local charity shop for £1.50.
This is a Hebe shrub/bush. I had never seen one before I moved here – they flower, how cute huh? There are MILLIONS of bumble bees buzzing around my garden because of it as well – which is pretty cool, thinking I should become a bee keeper!
Oh how I love sweetpeas! They smell SO nice. These fellows were planted in an old wine box. They are growing ferociously and have almost grown taller than the supports I gave them… Arg, it’s like having a child who grows out of their new running shoes too quickly!
The hydrangea are getting closer and closer to introducing themselves to me – there are now little buds so it shouldn’t be too long. Since we weren’t here last year I have NO idea what colour they are, how lame I am? I am excited about the colour possibilities of my hydrangea bushes!
A slightly beat up zucchini (or courgette for you Euros!) – got thrown off its ledge during the crazy wind storms last week. It now lives here and has since flowered! Hurry up Zukes! I want to make some bread!
So much potential, so little use. So the story with this weird cement block of a backyard that we have… It hardly ever gets sun. Like never… I was very optimistic when we first moved in that I was going to FILL it with flowers and vegetables but as time marched on I realized it was very very unlikely that things could grow there. Isn’t it sad? Just sits there doing nothing.