I'm really pleased with this side of the garden this Spring. After the wallflowers have finished flowering there are some little roses to come and I've planted a few Echinacea and Dahlias and some summer annuals. The chickens scratch up the earth so sometimes the annual seeds don't make it but on the other hand I rarely need to weed.
This time last year this bed was just a mass of Periwinkle which was very pretty in the Spring but looked really worn out in the heat of the summer.
I used the Periwinkle because somebody gave me it when we first started building the house and they said it would cover the ground in "No time". They were right - it took me ages to dig out all those invasive roots.
Still, it was nice while it lasted but now the new planting is much more rich and colourful all year round and it's a real pleasure to look out from the kitchen or the terrace and see a more mature setting.