Last year I ranted a few times both here and on other blogs on how dire our public planting can be, especially roundabouts. In 2009 I hope to bring you a more balanced view, highlighting both good and bad examples. If you have any examples to share, do let me know.
I've seen some great British gardening eccentricty during 2008, so I'll be bringing you the best front gardens plus anything else I can find, to show you just how quirky we can be.
A big mulch of the entire garden using compost from the council's composting scheme, plus digging in lots of sand/gravel to open up the soil a bit. Two years of wetness has allowed the clay to regain the upper hand. I also want to add more gravel to the pathway round the garden as it's got rather tired and trodden down.
The bottom bed is due a makeover owing to its shrubby nature. Much cutting back is envisaged, particularly Clematis 'Francis Rivis', plus the extraction of Berberis, Cotoneaster and Viburnums which are irritating me, overgrown, or just plain not proving their worth.
Expansion of the making our back fence more interesting project, possibly with the addition of some vertical gardening.
Convert the patio strawberry bed to a herb/salad bed. I'm hoping this will enable me to provide a succession of salads over a longer period than I've managed so far.
Final decisions are needed on what to do with the conifers and the lawn area. As NAH is being consulted on these projects, I suspect we'll only get to a decision rather than starting/ completing them!
What are your gardening plans for this year?