I'm still waiting for my garden to come together, and for the spread-y plants I've put in to spread and cover the bare soil, but there's been some progress this month.
Do you like my DIY plant markers? They're just corks with a wooden skewer poked into them. After lots of experimenting, I found the best pen to use to write on the cork was Biro, sharpies and permanent markers wouldn't work! There are a couple of tutorials for this on one of my pinterest boards here, but they're really simple to make.
Joe and his dad brought this Very Heavy mangle from Joe's dad's garden to come and live with us. I've put it under the kitchen window and I'll keep herbs on it, if I can bring myself to move the beautiful Livingston Daisies. They're my favourite! I've taken the tomato plants out of pots and planted them directly in the Belfast sink, with some calendulas and sunflowers. While I was tying them to stakes I noticed there were lots of flowers and a few green tomatoes coming too!
My garden friend this month is this little green shield bug!
I made a start on one of the back corners of the garden. I wish I'd taken a before photo, there were weeds and vines and brambles so you couldn't see the corner of the shed or the tree stump! I made a 'bee waterer' too! It's the dish of marbles on top of the tree stump, so insects can have a drink without drowning. You can find a tutorial for a bee watering hole pinned here, but it's basically marbles in a dish!
My honeysuckle has grown loads and is spreading along the two-tone fence, with the ivy and clematis. (Please note the 2-tone fence is actually 3 tone, the pale and green fence in the photo below, and the khaki green fence in the photo above are all one and the same length of fence! The other side is painted brown!)
I'm still mostly concentrating on this side of the garden. I cleared a lot from the back and planted a passion flower and a goji berry to climb up the wall.
How's your garden this month?
I'm sharing my homemade cork plant markers as my contribution to Make, Thrift and Tell, this month's theme is natural. And linking up with Flaunt it Friday and Your Turn to Shine.