Wild Flower Meadow
Friends, all those of you who follow the RHS @ Chelsea Flower Show, like me, will know that wild flowers are all the rage. Last year we saw a fantastic wild flower meadow in the centre of Canterbury. We had visited it before and wanted to check it out again just to make sure it was as good as we had imagined it.
It was so good we thought it would be nice to try and make one ourselves, in a scrubby area of grass and weeds we have.
More Rough grass (looking the other way)
Having done some research we were met with conflicting info. Do we try and clear everything and start from scratch.
Or keep what good wildflowers there are already and add to them with additional seed. We decided to do the latter and then try and remove some of the more persistent weeds.
We purchased some seed from pitchcare http://www.pitchcare.com/shop/wildflower-seeds/index.html
and sowed the seeds at the end of April.
Weeds - Nettles
Everything seems to be growing well especially the weeds, mainly nettles, as can be seen here.
We have doused them with glyphosate weed killer, but as can be seen all it seems to do is slightly discolour the nettles on first application
Fortunately on second dousing a couple of weeks later the nettles have gone black and died off. It will be a long slow process as we only want to kill the nettles and not the new wildflowers around them.
We will have to wait and see how it all pans out as the season progresses, but hopefully with lots of wildflowers and few weeds.
This is my ad hoc update and diary describing how I am developing our garden at Trostrie Cottage in Galloway. You can see the garden for yourself if you book a self catering holiday @The Shieling which is attached to Trostrie Cottage http://www.trostriecottage.co.uk/ in the South West of Scotland.
Over the last couple of days we have noticed our latest new residents – the fox family wandering around the garden. Now I am not sure if they have moved in because of the snow, or just think they have found some easy food.
Mr Fox on the look out
But we do seem to have a plague of rabbits at the present and anything that will help keep them down is a good thing.
Mr Fox killing the rabbit
Pauline says I should not show the images of the fox ripping the head off the rabbit and pulling on the gut so I have put this one in instead.
Mr Fox making sure it is dead
We were sitting having our tea when bold as brass Mr Fox walk passed the window with a wiggling rabbit in its mouth.
Mr Fox making sure no-one is watching before taking the food home
Evidently he was worried that it may get away as he stops to kill it by removing the head, then has a look round to make sure everything is ok before carrying it off to his home (his earth)
Mr Fox taking the food home to his family
Finally placing it down the burrow for the rest of the family to eat
Its dinner time!!
This is my ad hoc update and diary describing how I am developing our garden at Trostrie Cottage in Galloway. You can see the garden for yourself if you book a self catering dog friendly holiday @The Shieling which is attached to Trostrie Cottage
The observant follower will have noticed that I have not made a post for around a week and a half. Well I have not been on holiday putting my feet up, but rather the opposite, sorting out two self-catering holiday opportunities and their related websites.
It was decided that there would be three websites, a general one and two specific ones. The brief for the websites was to have a style that was separate but also distinctive as being linked together. The colours were to be simple and expressing of their environment. Ie one related to the land, the second to the sea and the third some form of combination of the two.
Initially we went down the line of exploring icons and having the two specific sites as subsets of the generic one, but this was ditched for the style we came up with. Probably a lot simpler, than the original idea.
What we came up with was a colour palette that was significant reduced/restricted and the sites were based around having a base css style that was modified for the sites are required.
The Spinney Home Page
The colour palette for www.thespinneycottage.co.uk was a couple of shades of blue, a red outline to highlight a link (this followed on from feedback saying they were not obvious) and a green to say that a booking date was available. This was originally a shade of blue but was changed on feedback. The shades of blue reflect the sea, as it is a seaside property.
The Shieling @ Trostrie Cottage Home Page
The colour palette for www.trostriecottage.co.uk was a couple of shades of green, but again following on from feedback the links were changed to a golden colour. To make them stand out a little more. Off white was also used rather than plain white so as not to stand out too much. The green colours of course reflect the environment around the property.
Galloway Getaways Home Page
The final colour palette was for www.gallowaygetaways.co.uk . Here the neutral grey finally became the main colour set on a blue for the sky. The background image reflects the two ideas of the sea and the land.
Having sorted out the style and the colour palette, the next thing is the images of the properties and their surroundings. A mixture of scrolling images and static ones are used on all three sites. As the saying a picture does say a thousand words is so true. Trostrie also has the added bonus of a changing background image, hopefully portraying the idea of some of the fantastic views available from the site.
The end result is hopefully three nice clear crisp sites that give an impression of a lovely holiday in South West Scotland. If you would like your website updated, or like one like this then do drop me a line firstname.lastname@example.org
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