In part, I was inspired by the interesting creation that nature designed in the Leitrim garden this year - in my absence (see the pictures above and below).
I love a bit of bright colour - the orange of the calendula or the striking red of the red orach among the sea of green.
So, I've been wondering about interplanting some of the vegetables with flowers. When I had the poly tunnel I planted a lot of nasturtiums and, to be honest, they were a bit rampant .. but they did well here with the leeks, which managed to hold their ground!
I was thinking of trying them between the cabbages this year (I hear that nasturtiums and cabbages are good companion plants).
Another plan is to grow sunflowers (like this one that self seeded this year)
with some tall beans - these are barlotta de fuoco, which are colourful in their own right too.
Maybe its the misty, grey days we've been having since the snow thawed, but I keep thinking of bright colours ... and I'm wondering if I'd try some Californian Poppies....
... underneath some red curly kale.
Of course I could maybe even squeeze in some calendula nearby too.
I'd be tempted to use them for edging, but I find they can get a bit too tall and lanky to be truly fit for that purpose.
So, I'll probably stick to the tried and tested marigolds for edging, at least in places.
May have to sneak a few pinks in somewhere too.
Anyone out there any other good ideas for flowers to intercrop with veg?
I know some people sow carrot with flowers, such as Nigella ... and I'm considering trying my parsnips with blue flax.
Anyway, it's good to dream (and my garden dreams are all in vivid technicolour right now!).
Happy New Year everyone.
May 2011 be a good one for us all.