WILD SUMMER GARDEN ~ INSECT PARADISE

A look at our garden through the conservatory window on a rather dark day this summer, but it’s all good. This spring and summer I let all the wild plants grow wherever they wanted as first and foremost on my list was to give as much food as possible to the insects. It has worked too, we never had so many insects before. Some of the thistles at the back of the garden are now taller than myself, as are the poppies and some of the foxgloves.
It has worked, yes. At first we had a huge quantity of borage, then the kafir lilies started to flower and the marigolds, then in the beginning of May so many more flowers followed. Soon bumblebees, bees and hoverflies started to arrive. Honey bees seem to favour the kafir lilies, the bumblebees are partial to the foxgloves, the comfrey, and the borage. By now the lavender is also visited by all the insects.
As you can see, the garden is rather wild. My patch of garlic is totally overgrown with foxgloves and thistles. Unused leeks are growing and coming into flower soon, they are allowed and I am looking forward to see what they will add to the garden.
Apart from the kafir lilies we are having a super crop of red poppies which we are enjoying very much, as are the insects.
Foxgloves grow wild in Ireland, and so they just come to grow in the garden too. I love them and they are never without some insects visiting them.
Mostly herbs here, sage, oregano, lavender, Melissa, thyme, and some celery too.

PERMACULTURE COURSE ON-LINE

Just today I have started an on-line course in permaculture, got the information in my email and thought I would try it out. Well I was so impressed after watching the first lecture that I am already looking forward to tomorrow when I will listen to lecture 02. The course is free and the link is:      https://www.openpermaculture.com/

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I went for a stroll through my garden today, it was lovely and sunny, I needed to check what is going on, and I see that there are quite a few plants doing very well.  The leeks growing together with the feverfew, growing right through the winter months.

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Here a thyme plant that had a Foxglove plant growing beside it, I will move that one in the flower section as it becomes very large.

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Garlic is coming up well, and beetroot still need to be harvested and used.

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And more work in this patch, deciding what to grow where.  The Borage plants are strong already, the flowers will be good to attract bees into the garden.

JANUARY ~ YOUNG WILD PLANTS

During my walk today I took note of some of the young wild plants that are coming up and looking green and healthy. The day was very mild and there was a light drizzle, called around here ‘Irish Mist’, it’s good for the skin of the face, and it feels lovely and fresh.  While I walk I try to take in what is growing as I am making a record of all the wild plants I can find.  It’s amazing how many we can use as food, interesting too.  I guess that my interest in wild plants started when I was 6 years old, with the Dandelion.  And every year they grow again, a renewal in nature which would even give the most pessimistic person a lift.  And there is always something new to discover or learn.  It makes me very happy.

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The Pennyworth plants are all over the Boreen, a lovely bright green.

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The beautiful feathery leaves of the young Yarrow plants, that promises a good crop for harvesting later on in the year.

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Groundsel has got some little yellow flowers already.

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And the Foxglove plant is already well up in time for June flowering.

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Plenty of Daisies, they are a great plant to add to salads and full of vitamins and minerals, good for early spring food later on.