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This blog tracks the ongoing changes of my garden, and the wildlife I try to attract to it. It's a nature blog. It contains my thoughts and musings about anything and everything to do with nature - gardening, book reviews, philosophy, travel, science, history, art, design, politics.
Catmint is my signature plant because it has all the qualities I value in a plant: resilience, beauty and the capacity to spread prolifically . Unfortunately it's not indigenous. If I was starting again I'd probably choose an indigenous plant.

Sunday, 4 January 2009

seed pods of spring annuals end in compost



I love having drifts of spring annuals - poppies, love in the mist, forget me nots - and when they finish flowering I quite like the seed pod effect, and the resulting re-seeding for next year as they drop their seeds.

The trouble is while I am waiting for the seeds to drop the weather is getting hotter and everyone around me seems to have tucked up their garden snugly in mulch in preparation for summer.




A couple of days ago I spent a satisfying time whipping the dead plants out and piling them up in the compost heap. Then I mulched the newly revealed gaps with compost, hoping it would rain, which it did but so lightly it was negligible.

So - the garden is bracing itself for the onslaught of high temperatures and little moisture. My main hope is that it survives. If it looks good that will be an added bonus. But it certainly won't look lush.

3 comments:

  1. reading the last two posts, I would say it OK for your garden to look different. I was recently reminded by a friend who was teaching me yoga, that nonviolence thinking applies to how we think about ourselves. enjoy the beauty of seed heads again next spring.

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  2. Wayne, thank you for reminding me not to forget my garden philosophy and practice - to live in the present, be nonviolent and in syc with time and nature as both evolve and change. The garden represents me as much as my blog does.

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  3. Looks like you had a ton of love in a mist. I love that little plant. I was just separating the seeds from my seedpods for a seed swap soon. What fun.

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