The idea for the new Alpine Tapestry Garden came about when I went to a talk on Grassless Lawns which is an attempt to help pollinators by getting rid of grass, replacing with flowering perennials which provide biodiversity and nectar and pollen for the flying insects . However these lawns still need mowing and fertilising twice a year so I thought it would be more environmentally friendly to have an alpine tapestry which , if tough plants are used can be walked on, needs no mowing only a light shearing now and again by hand and certainly would never need fertiliser. I consulted my library of gardening books and found an illustration of Vita Sackville- Wests Thyme Lawn underplanted with small bulbs at Sissinghurst and a reference to an Alpine Lawn. Strictly speaking a lawn is mown and contains grass so mine will be an Alpine Tapestry Garden.
Here are some pics I saved when the laptop was in hospital.
Hello everyone. Three cheers or rather three hundred as I have had such withdrawal symptoms from missing my laptop. It has just been delivered looking and acting like new. Bristol is in its third day of freezing fog and hard frost so could not even get out in the garden and there is only so much deadheading you can do in a conservatory even one as stuffed with plants as mine!!! I will get my camera out soon and transfer the pictures I have saved there. I hope you are all well and keeping warm. My thanks to my fb friend, Country Garden Flower Lady , for letting you all know the score!
Very wet garden this morning and still raining. It was sorely needed however. But damp leaves everywhere and it feels so cold even in the house with the gas fire on. Forecast is for brighter in the afternoon so may get out in the garden then for a few short hours.
You too GWRS. Must be cold in Tenby. I think some rain is on the way, certainly winds. That will blow the leaves about somewhat!
How blessed am I! The neighbours' son came over complete with his own green wheeliebin and stuffed it with my prunings. I had to discourage him from putting any of the bamboo on his bonfire as it spits but he took the other wood and i told him the hawthorn was the hottest wood you could burn having learned that myself off the TV yesterday! What a difference he has made - I can see lots of my paths and the shady patio and feel very motivated now. And the sun is shining!!!
Brrrr. the grass is white in Bristol this morning. I will wait a bit before I go out cutting up prunings and wear woollen fingerless gloves under my gardening gloves. If i cannot use the secateurs thus garbed I will use my loppers. Two handed I should be able to manage! My thermal socks I was given last Xmas have never been out of their packing but they are on standby now.
I have a golden driveway courtesy of next door's lime tree. The Euonymue europaeus is showing its bright orange berries in its pink fruits, the sun is brilliant and causing the colours to shine. What a day!
A bright crisp sunny morning though only 2degrees. !0 max today by our forecast which will feel cold after the 16 or even 17 we have been having in Bristol. Looking out the window I can see lots of birds flying around so they look like they are looking for food to keep warm.
I have just come iin for my coffee break and scentd the kitchen and my study just by being there. The threat of frost prompted me to move my large pots of lavender into a sheltered place so i pruned off the dead flowers while I was hands on So i am now typing in a haze of lavender. Certainly makes you feel good.
Never ending it seems at the moment Joyce the leaf clearing. Next door's beech tree dumped a ton on their pristine lawn last night.