Courtyard Garden updates | Week commencing 13th June 2022

I thought I would share with you, and also document for myself, how my little courtyard garden is getting on so far this month. June is usually the month that it starts to fill with colour after a hint of it would have arrived in Spring. 

Nearly everything in my small courtyard garden, in the South West of England, is grown in containers. A combination of plastic and terracotta pots and some makeshift containers that I've repurposed to use as plant growing pots. 

It's important to remember to put holes into anything you turn into a plant container as there must be room for water to escape. There are very few plants who would survive with soggy roots. 

I mainly grow perennials in my courtyard so that I don't need to fuss too much with annuals, that way I get a beautiful splash of colour re-appear each year without the need for me to do much. I do make sure they are clear of grass and other random extra plants appearing in the pots, so they don't take nutrients away from the plant I actually want to thrive. I also water and feed them through the year, depending on their requirements. 

All along the back wall, against my new fence (my old fence blew down on 27th December 2021, not a good day) are pots full of perennials that should hopefully come into bloom soon. 

This big beautiful lady (in the photo below) self seeded, at least I think it did, I don't remember planting it and I still have no idea what it will be yet. I didn't want to pull it up though as it looked too strong to be a 'weed' not that I like to use that word much as really a weed can be any plant that grows where it hasn't been planted and often people are too quick to pull them up before waiting to see what beauty they might offer. 

I had no luck at all with the nasturtium that I sowed in pots this year, I shouldn't have worried though as one self seeded directly into the gravel and is doing very well! Both the flowers and leaves of the nasturtium plant are edible. 

Hopefully in a couple of weeks I'll be back with an update full of colour. 



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