I finally made a decision… I’m going to create a little (and by little I mean tiny!) wildlife pond in my flower patch, which has now officially changed its name to my very own ‘Wildlife Corner!’. Yet again I have lost hours on Pinterest looking at all the beautiful and inspirational photographs on there, but these three photographs in particular have inspired me the most. I just love their simplicity and the rustic look to them and I especially love the use of the old butlers sink (I actually have one sitting in my garden!)
You are probably wondering why I had to think so hard about having a pond when really it’s a no brainer, but because my allotment is so small I was simply trying to squish as much as possible into a tiny space and I didn’t want any ground to go to waste. I was also very adament on having flowers, I generally think that every plot should have some flowers somewhere just to spread some colour and to bring in the all important bees!
My original plan was to create a flower patch at the side of my shed and simply jam pack it full of pretty flowers, not forgetting the grape vine! There was going to be sunflowers along the back, verbena, ox-eye daisies, sweet peas, a climbing rose, poppies, cosmos, scabious and even some dill all mixed in together to create a wild and rustic patch. This little area was going to be a place for me to escape, I was going to create a very short path which leads into the centre of the flowers with a little mushroom seat so I could sit down and get lost in the aroma. I am a little bit sad that I am going to loose the space for my little mushroom seat (that I don’t even own but it would have looked nice!) but plans change and although there won’t be room to sit in the patch, it will still hopefully look idyllic.
My new plan doesn’t change much but it will just mean that I won’t beable to walk into the new wildlife patch to sit and relax as the space will be very limited. I am still going to plant a grape vine on one side and I have already planted a rose bush and a climbing rose against my shed, I am also still going to grow 4 sunflowers along the back of the patch. The pond will measure roughly around 80cm by 50cm and will be placed in the centre of the patch with the shorter variety of flowers surrounding it and possibly some log piles or a little house for the frog.
I am hoping to visit a local ‘water world’ this weekend to get some advice aswell as purchasing a pond liner and some oxygenating plants. Ideally I would like to get the pond in as soon as possible, it won’t take long and then I can start planting my flowers around the pond rather then guessing where to plant them. I know, I know! Another thing added to my long list of things to do but I really don’t want to miss the frog season, if there is such a thing? I can’t wait to invite Mr toad and Mrs Frog into their new home 🙂