Back garden, the beginnings
This is a s good a time as any for doing the hard labour and clearing of your garden if you are going to do it, so last week I started to clear a part of the hedge between the back of the house and a large Winter cherry
Then I asked my husband to give me a hand and thankfully he agreed!
It’s not so much the cutting down but the clearing up afterwards and cutting the branches and brambles into sizes that can be easy to compost, bag up, burn or shred.
There are some evergreen shrubs which I haven’t cut down, but will try and transplant to a different part of the garden where I need a hedge, these are a Laurel, 2 Bays and a Euonymous
They will be planted at the top of the garden along this make shift boundary
It is unfortunate, but the Winter Cherry doesn’t have that much life left in it, it has rotted nearly all the way through, but we have already chopped another one down which was dead and a rotten old apple tree also had to go. I don’t want to be the one to take all the mature trees out of the garden.
I do have other things to replace it. I bought this beautiful Mexican Weeping Pine,
I also have a Ginko, Monkey Puzzle, Paulownia and Victoria Plum
We did hire someone to do a bit of clearing last Summer particularly at the top of the garden, it was totally overgrown and you couldn’t walk to the boundary
I am planning a woodland area with another couple of trees, ferns and some naturalised bulbs. I have plenty of logs and they will play a part as well to encourage wildlife.
We did start the clearing and for Christmas we put up the shed. This is not somewhere I can store my tools or boil a pot of tea, but it is for my 4yr old daughter. There was method behind this madness, I would be out in the garden so much that she needed something to do and Father Christmas filled it with art and craft stuff and somewhere she can sit with friends
I’ll be able to encourage her to do a bit of gardening with a few pots dotted around the shed. I may even get a wormery so she has got something vile/fascinating to look through!
The more I look around this garden, the more I discover. We moved in during July 2008 so I have missed the Spring and I have no idea what bulbs/perennials have been planted by previous owners and what I can use in my garden scheme.
I have noticed plenty of bulbs popping their heads up. Cyclamen, Arums, daffodils and I think snowdrops or blubells. I am planning on lifting them all and replanting them in the woodland area so they will naturalise
I have of course been buying and collecting plants to put in the garden when all of the landscaping has been done and the greenhouse which I have inherited with the house (which hasn’t got a door) is full. There are
Abutilons (climbing variety) x 2
Chlorodendron bungii x 2
Centrum Elegans x 1
Acacia baileyana purpurea x 3
Magnolia Grandiflora x 1
Ricinus Communaris x 3 (yes I know it is a deadly plant, but it is going where no-one can reach it)
ferns large varieties x 6
Dracunculus Vulgaris x 6
Bamboo……………………………well the list goes on and ther are more on the way, the freestanding plastic coldframe/greenhouse is packed full of perennials Eryngiums, Physalis, Verbena, Pulsatilla, ajuga, geranuims and other bits and bobs.
The Pieris japonica ‘Little Heath’ is a miniature shrub and will probably replace the Coprosma in the front garden. There are 3 Berberis Red Pillar there as well so they will be evenly placed along the hedge to provide a size difference which is what I originally wanted to do with the Phormiums interplanted with the Coprosmas, but they were Tenax not Cookianums and would have grown too big.
This is the biggest garden I have ever taken on and there really isn’t that much of a plan which has been left by other owners so it is a blank canvas for me to develop.
There are some barriers which are really frustrating like this 20ft bloody leylandii which I won’t be able to plant in front of!! An ideal place for a patio or path me thinks.
There are beds which are already insitu and have plants already in them. I am going to clear them out and improve the soil and probably make them bigger.
On my way around the garden taking pictures I cam across this beautiful Camelia, the only one out at the moment! I don’t think there will be any for a few weeks as it started snowing really heavily which is really unusual for the Isle of Wight
Whilst taking this last picture, I noticed my naughty little pyromaniac up to no good at the top of the garden
First the petrol,
then the fire
then the joy, tut, tut!!
- 1 Feb, 2009
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