What's the difference between planning a garden and day dreaming? I can spend hours browsing through pictures of beautiful borders then looking at my patch and imagining the potential! I can decide that shrub has to go; that colour combination would work there and that climber would smell divine next to that gate! So what's the difference? Hard Work!
I have forgotten where I read it but apparently it takes 15 years to create a garden. It needs planning and time to grow then time to dig up the bits you don't like and re organise then grow it again. Well this year I made a start. I organised the paths at the back of the garden so I can get to the greenhouse ,,, I now want to move the greenhouse! I planted two cherry trees but one of them is now where I plan to develop a vegetable patch. I think fifteen years is an understatement!
This year I intend to put some THOUGHT into the planning ... I need to decide what I want from the garden. Do I see it as just a flowery place round the house; can I improve it for the wildlife; how do we actually use the space; is the shed in the right place....? Once I have got my head round why we have a garden then I might stand a chance of planning one that won't need to be reorganised every year!
In the mean time I will continue to dream about flowery borders and colour combinations by browsing the seed catalogues from the the comfort of my armchair ... it's much too cold and wet to go outside!
Here's a few links you might find helpful if you want to join my Seed Dream Team:
- Thompson and Morgan - sorry to start my list with the obvious link but they really are VERY reliable! They have a large selection of seeds and a good reputation for reliability. I also like their web site as it links to their blog (they are looking for Guest Bloggers by the way); they run photo competitions and have a wealth of information about plants.
- The other obvious ones are Marshalls; Suttons, Mr Fothergills and Unwins all readily available from your local garden centres.
- D T Brown offers free P&P on seed orders and has a good range.
- I also like the selection at Dobies of Devon - their web site is easy to navigate and the prices are good.
- If you are looking for organic seeds then The Real Seed catalogue is worth a look; The Organic Gardening Catalogue; Laura's Organics; Tamar Organics or Naturescape also fit the bill.
- C N Seeds provide a service for professional growers.
- Kings Seeds or Suffolk Herbs is a new one for me but I have sent for the catalogue so I will let you know, and I have just found Tucker's Seeds too.