Friday, 21 August 2015

Splashes of Polish Colour

My next door neighbour has been working hard in her tiny garden today, doing a lot of raking, sweeping, and seemingly randomly stabbing the ground with a trowel. Her arms are heavily tattooed; she could be one of the modern day English retro girls who open cafes and bakeries.

Ever since they moved in, their garden has been a veritable explosion of colour in what was a very dark and quiet little drive where our divided house sits. I've loved it. She's out every day watering and tinkering.

Apparently Polish folk love colour, and to have a garden awash with flowers is very much their thing. It's not just the garden either, you can see in the windows that their flat is like a John Wyndham triffid farm, with greenery trailing all over the place. It does look rather muggy in there though.

Sadly, her plants don't seem to be particularly attractive to pollinators, but one can't have everything. As everyone always says.


All text and images copyright CreamCrackeredNature 21.07.15


  1. You could mention the pollinator aspect to her - maybe she might be keen to bring them in and make a few changes to the plants as a result?

  2. I don't really speak to her very much other than hello unfortunately. Earlier in the year she had big cornflowers the bees love, but that's about it. Only hoverflies seem to like the big lilies, for instance.

  3. Thank you for sharing all these lovely flowers. I am trying to plant more pollinator-friendly plants in our garden.

  4. I have no idea what they are, I'm afraid. But they really are beautiful, and in such a small space too

  5. I love all of the different colours here, those flowers are so pretty! - Tasha

  6. It really brightens a road doesn't it, lets hope she introduces a few insect friendly plants by accident and decides she likes them!