Wednesday, 6 July 2011
I have a plan, or at least I will have, when I have thought it through. My veg plot is a little too formal for my liking; serviceable but too rigid. To make it a little more like a paradise garden I have to mix up the planting a bit. So for next year I have decided to make a patchwork veg garden rather than straight rows. Then I can include more flowers in with the veg. So here's the plan:-
To sow purple headed alliums amongst the leeks (same family)
Purple Aquilegias with the red cabbage
Marigolds with the curly kale
Cornflowers with the fennel and carrots
California poppies with the onions
Blue anchusa with the purple leaved sage
What do you think - sounds like a plan. That's all I've come up with so far. As George Eliot the writer says
"No finical separation between flower and kitchen garden, no monotony of enjoyment for one sense to the exclusion of an other; but a charming paradisiacal mingling of all that was pleasant to the eyes and good for food.
Just by manipulating the rows of vegetables themselves, thinking about contrasts between the shape and texture of their foliage, you can make the plot start to sing. Although flavour is the prime concern of any fruit or vegetable, experiment with more decorative varieties. Can't wait to get started!
Pictured above: Rose 'Compassion'