It was time to cut the grass the other day, leaving the circular lawn to be a flowery meadow once more for a few months. Asking Derek, the gardener, to cut twice round the edge of the lawn and then just once up the centre towards the pond area, leaves the rest to grow lots of small flowers before the grass gets too long to hide them.
With thousands of little flowers, just think of all the extra nectar and pollen there is available for any passing bee, butterfly or any other insect.
And just look at my beautifully clipped Chinese Ginger Jar ( yes, it deserves capitals!) that Derek clipped when he had finished cutting the grass. It is so well done, so solid, neat and tidy, I hate to admit it but it is better than I could do it – he has a job for life now!
It certainly makes an interesting focal point from the other side of the garden by the woodland and I love the contrast.
Sitting on the swinging seat under the dead oak, this is the view across the circle towards the bog garden. You can just about see the central path crossing from left to right, but this will disappear when the grass either side grows. While sitting here we have seen different varieties of butterflies from the flower borders, Meadow Browns and Ringlets, they lay their eggs on the long grass. All the extra insects bring in lots more birds and we have even seen bats swooping across hoovering up the midges that dance around in the sunlight, less to come and bite me!
A view towards the house with a second Viburnum plicatum Mariesii, there is a third hiding off to the left, you can tell I like this plant! I get as much pleasure from this area as I do from the woodland in Snowdrop time and will be coming each day to see how many more different varieties of flowers have popped up. I can certainly say that Derek made a terrific job of reshaping my rather fat ginger jar, the topiary and the meadow make a lovely contrast and they both make me very happy!