Sunday, 30 June 2013

Understanding importance and usefulness.

A few days ago Jean from "Jeans Garden" admired one of my photos and asked what the striking blue geranium in the picture was. My response was along the lines of "oh that's just a plain old Johnson's Blue" - in other words a very common geranium indeed.

A day or so later I found myself enjoying one of the warmest sunniest days of the year so far, and was sitting on the grass next to the Johnson's Blue Geranium  -, looking at it with fresh eyes, thinking how vibrant it really is when I noticed to my delight that it was absolutely covered with Bumble Bees - about 20 at the time I looked.  Creating a habitat for Bumble Bees is very high on my list of priorities for the garden, so I was thrilled as you can imagine. 
So pause a second with me and take in the loveliness of my very special, life enhancing, Bee supporting Johnson's Blue!

Whilst I'm on the theme of not taking things at face value, I will ask you all what you think I should do about my wildflower meadow.  I was told, yes I know I know, that patience is required to grow a wildflower meadow and that it would look awful in the first year.  Trying to alleviate the awfulness I planted annual seed alongside the perennial in the hope of producing a better year one display.  But really - look at it:
There are flowers in there down low below the copious grass, mostly pink geraniums.  H keeps trimming the edges (a subversive attempt to do away with it all together I think!) and we have even mowed a path through it, but it now looks worse than the pasture in the next field.  Shall I hang on in there or mow it flat and see if it looks better next year? Does it have hidden qualities that I'm not recognising? Decisions decisions........


  1. Johnson's Blue is one of those geraniums I always admire in other people's gardens, but which never grows well in mine. I think you should wait a year or two before deciding whether your wildflower meadow is working out. I'm no expert on wildflower meadows, but it seems as though mowing it this early in the season might discourage the perennials that you are trying to encourage. (I'll be interested in hearing what those who actually know something about wildflower meadows advise.) -Jean

  2. Hi Jean,
    I think you are right about the wildflower meadow, someone has suggested to me that the soil may be too good - generally wildflower meadow thrives in poor soil and ours is pretty rich i think due to the leaf mold from the forest.