Suddenly a heatwave hit us right at the time I planned to get out in the garden. Yesterday was the hottest so far, but I'd already decided it was the day I was going to dig up the front garden. I was up in the early hours before it got warm and laid out the shape. As the day progressed I dug out the shape with the help of my wonderful (and strong!) son. We stopped to rest often as the heat was terrible. Finally I took an extended break to bath two very hot and sweaty ponies over at the field. Merlin wasn't as grateful as he could have been!
In time, I want to completely get rid of the lawn in favour of food producing plants. My aim is to have a pretty cottage garden in which everything grown has a use, from herbals to dye plants and salads to delicious treats.
This morning I was up early again to make the cane supports and plant up the bed with vegetables, herbs and a couple of flowers to encourage bees.
This picture below are the flowers that will go in the front border. These are simply for their brightness and food for bees and butterflies.