Wild gardening is more my style than prim and proper English gardening with everything labeled in neat, weed free rows. Weeding is mainly done with an electric weed trimmer and a bit of hand pulling for the really tough cases. The aliums are starting to get past their prime but the flox, irises and gladiolas have stepped up to provide some colour and the first of the poppies just bloomed this morning.
Being cooped up, I've had much more time this year to spend time out doors. This has allowed me the chance to really study what actually grows well here. After a huge fail of getting pollinator and caterpiller attractive plants to grow from nursery stock last year, I have taken to digging up volunteer plants from places where they will get choked out or mowed to the "garden" area, comprised of barely worked soil in full sun. So far, these transplants are thriving MUCH better than store bought stock or seed. Time will tell...
That's relaxing. I like wild gardening with wild fruits and veggies. The mice, insects, snakes and birds also like it. With a little bit of manure from healthy people, the jungle and bush food becomes like paradise. Grasshoppers are on my menu. But I have to be careful with bigots and nasty health regulations.
Found them. Here are a few photos from my only experiement with making wild flower meadow back in 2009. Maybe I was being too fussy in not wanting the native weeds from overlayering the wild flowers I'd seeded? I found this meadow the only thing I had time for in the garden at that time.
Reminds me of the meadow garden at Great Dixter. I’m also fond of a garden where nature seems to be alive and well if not completely victorious. My one attempt at making a meadow garden was all I did for a couple years. It was very laborious in my Mediterranean garden. I’ve since switched with defined and raised beds with pg pathways since it uses less water and limits the area where I have to keep out weeds.