51/52: red and green for the season

One little area that was overgrown with seaside daisies has had a re-vamp, just in time for Christmas. Erigeron is great for a cottage garden, spreading itself with wanton abandon. I have a number of plants in the garden that I am constantly trying to control.

Swaying between a casual, cottage garden and a more formal, trimmed and pruned look, I sometimes allow areas to become a little overgrown. Currently this garden bed has been allowed to go a little wild, and was more than ready for some timely revision.

overgrown with seaside daisiesWith that in mind, I dug up all the seaside daisies, Erigeron, and trimmed back the irises to little stalks, reminding myself to separate the bulbs and spread them across this garden bed next March, as two dozen in a clump is rather too much.

Meanwhile, I have planted mainly red bedding begonias , plus some Pratia, a small-leafed ground cover with tiny blue flowers. Hopefully this will eventually cover the entire area, and any Erigeron that sneaks through will be eradicated.

fitting for the seasonred and green makeover for ChristmasThe result is rather festive, just in time for Christmas, but will be lovely on a continuing basis, particularly when the ratio of plants to mulch is greater than at present.

85/366: cottage garden effect

Last year we were lucky enough to travel around the world for a fantastic ten weeks.

(That is when I started blogging: travelswithprincessandquiquinou.wordpress.com)

While the trip was great, my garden suffered somewhat, and it feels like I have only just got back on track now, five months after our return. The seaside daisy had gone crazy, creating a cottage effect in the garden. Although I like this appearance sometimes, I also like the manicured look of neatly pruned shrubs.  Just like me: sometimes I am really neat, and at other times very messy, a reflection of the dichotomy of my personality.