A Year‘s Growth

While sifting through old photos on the computer last night I realised I had just photographed my flower beds at the same angles as precisely one year ago. What a shock! The Sunshine Bed was newly planted in Spring 2019. This photo was June 13th 2019…

And this is a year and a few days later!


The same goes for the Butterfly Bed, here in June 2019…

And today, with giant Geraniums, awesome Artemisia, big Buddleia, amazing Alchemilla and ‘we-want-to-rule-the-world’ Euphorbia….

And then there is the Herb Bed, here in June 2019…

And in June 2020, despite suffering from mice and vole attacks!

(The Stipa tenuissima were the perfect choice for this windy spot and have grown really well.)

So beware when planting a new bed that you don‘t overcrowd it. I am already seeing my latest flower bed fill out and am avoiding the temptation to fill any gaps, as I know what could happen in a year!

Oval Bed June 2020

(The wood chippings as mulch are fantastic and have allowed the plants to get a good start despite the hot weather we had shortly after planting.)

Have you seen a lot of new growth this growing season? What has really taken off in your garden this summer?


40 thoughts on “A Year‘s Growth

  1. I think it is always encouraging to compare a year’s growth. We can see that what we planned and hoped for has borne fruit (at least most of the time). It’s a great learning experience to compare years. You’ve done a fine job of capturing it. Well done.

    • I came across lots of other old ‘before’ photos of my old garden too, and looking at it now it is difficult to imagine what it once was!

  2. What a difference, you must have some wonderful soil! I always leave plenty of room when planting and if I feel the need to have something in the spaces then I sprinkle annual seeds while the rest are growing.

  3. Great advice, but I am afraid we have only found out by experience and seem to be forever digging up our plants in the autumn. Your thoughtful planting has had a beautiful result. Amelia

  4. I also use wood chips to hold the moisture in my soil love that you do as well. Divide and conquer is the way I make more and more spots now for some rain 🙂 never thought after our winter and spring I would want more 🙂

    • Oh dear! Putting down the mulch has suppressed most of the weeds in the new bed so far, but I will be weeding all summer on and off when temperatures allow it. 😃

      • I seriously do not know how so many weeds got into my garden from the very beginning! The area was freshly excavated, so there should have been no seeds on the surface of the soil.

  5. It must have been a most positive experience Cathy looking at your photos from last year and seeing just how much those beds have knitted together. Those wood chippings are doing a good job.

    • Yes, it was definitely encouraging and confirmed my intention not to plant too closely in the new bed. But I will need another new bed in autumn when I start dividing everything…. 😉

  6. Wow! We always forget the potential for a plant to take off and fill a space more than our mind can conceive. Your gardens are lush and beautiful, and you must be very pleased with how they have grown.

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