My Donegal Garden – A Pond Revamp and Glorious Growth
April and early May have been full of glorious growth in the garden. However, many of the early blooms are now gone, including these Tulips:
Bluebells and albino Bluebells have flowered and are now sleeping until next year:
Among my favourite spring flowers is Bleeding Heart, with its little pendants which hold a special place in my heart:
Another favourite is this Magnolia stellata, with its pristine white petals showcased to perfection against the turquoise fence:
The Pond Revamp
My pond was badly in need of a new liner, so I took the opportunity to give it a revamp and added a little stony beach to allow minibeasts to access the water.
I shall purchase some new pond plants soon to keep the water fresh.
Can you spot the fairies among the Primroses?
The apple trees blossomed early, and I hope to get another terrific crop of apples. I gave them a good mulch with homemade compost, and they seem very happy.
In late April, I sowed several packets of seeds direct, including Verbena rigida, Poppy somniferum and Scabious “Tall Double Mix.”
I waited until the soil seemed sufficiently warm, before scattering them in random fashion.
I think they will enhance the Cottage Garden theme.
The “Cottage Garden Mix” has been scattered under my Birch tree, while I have followed advice and planted the Dahlia and Wallflower in trays, to be transplanted later.
Watching the Daisies
My feline friends Coco and Buster like relaxing among the flowers. I have several species of Daisy in the garden. These white ones are one of many varieties of Marguerite.
I have a growing collection of Aquilegia in a variety of hues. I love their traditional name of Grannies Bonnets.
I also love the Allium family, and have several species coming into flower. I particularly like this little corner which has both white and purple thriving amongst the silver leaves of Lambs Ears, the dark purple of Heuchera, a blue Aquilegia and the orange flowers of Calendula.
May is an optimum time for growth, including the weeds. Although I have completed most of my planting, weeding keeps me on my toes!
Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from a debilitating illness.
She lives in Donegal, Ireland – an area of outstanding natural beauty.