For Week 18 of the Great Wake-Up, Chris set us the challenge to plant or sow something green in an empty space.
It was the best of challenges, it was the worst of challenges... Did I actually sow anything this week? Well, no. That's not a great idea when your local soil is clay and your local weather is freezing rain... What I did manage, though, was reflecting on my guerilla gardening over the years. I love creating havens, and (cheat alert) I design gardens in my spare time...
My first adventure in guerilla gardening was plating 150 native daffodil bulbs in the hedgerow across the road to bloom for me every spring. Then I added primroses. Should I mention my penchant for native plants, and plants that support wildlife? Interested? Get a copy of English Plants For Your Garden - or just ask at a local nursery. Plant people are really friendly, and generous with their knowledge.
And it grew from there - I loved watching scrubby earth become something beautiful, and a haven for more than just me. In my last garden I built a wildlife pond - native plants, no fish, pebble beach, the lot. And before I knew it there were frogs, newts, dragonflies and all the local birds enjoying the water.
We've moved now, to a new build house in a new build estate - life was too busy for my big garden and our old house - but the picture above is my greatest success in the new garden. Since planting the patch of mud the builders left behind, we've had hedgehogs, birds, frogs, butterflies and bees visit. But there were no ladybirds to eat my pesky greenfly. So I bought some - yes, you can buy both larvae and young ladybirds - and seeded my garden with them. And the beauty above is just one of the thriving colony who now keep my flowers greenfly free!
Drunk on that success, I've just bought some new pond plants with a purpose. I love newts - gorgeous little Godzillas that tear around the pond in spring - but you can't buy them, or move them if you find them... So I bought loads of newts' favourite plants for laying eggs in - coincidentally right around the time newts lay eggs... And I'm crossing my fingers for successful sowing from that latest adventure in guerilla gardening!
Chris, I'm so glad it's not just me - but you seriously did not sow that massive rhododendron just a couple years ago!