Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Our Barge Garden
This post is inspired by a post from Val over at Watery Ways and her canal side garden. I thought I would show you the natural garden around the barge. We have to be very careful about what we 'plant' and leave around, so that we do not upset the natural habitat as we are in an area overseen by Essex Nature (who incidentally really don't like boats and do all they can to get rid of us, even though we are probably more marine/environmentally aware than many landlubbers!). So, politics aside, I keep flowers, herbs etc on the decking or decks. But I am going to introduce a few things to our 'garden'. I have just planted a crab apple tree in the hope that one day I can make crab apple jelly. I would also like to introduce a quince tree. We have wild blackberries, rose hips, haws, samphire, sea beet, purslane and various other edibles around us already, along with thistles, nettles and dandelions. Our wild flowers are very pretty when they are all out in bloom and I will add a few more traditional wildflower seeds next year for a truly spectacular display. By the way, yes you can see a buddleia, not really a native but lovely in full bloom and great for the butterflies. And the beauty of this of course, is that we don't have to mow it!