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Summertime in My Little Front Garden

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My front garden is not very big, but after a revamp earlier in the year it is now looking at its best.

Earlier in the year we had to have our Lovely Cherry Tree taken out as it was trying to get its roots under the house foundations, it was very upsetting to lose it but its suprising how quickly you get used to it having gone. We decided with the upheaval we would enlarge the borders to give more planting room and to treat the little lawn which had become compacted with moss!

It was quite hard hard work digging out the turf as it had been put down on heavy clay, but we perservered and are now delighted with the result. the garden looks bigger with all the planting and the we now have a little patch of lovely lush green grass;0).

Views across to the hils from the Driveway

The Viburnum dome shaped shrub in front of the windows, was a large high hedge when we moved into the bungalow,it blocked the light and views from the living room, so we manged to cut it right back to one main branch and then has it growed we have trimmed it into shape making it into large standard.

View from the Livingroom

Chamaecyparis- this was only small when I first planted it mainly to block out the view of the cars on next doors driveway, it certainly does this now and needs regular trimming to keep it in a manageable size, very attractive though with its Green/Gold foliage.

My Favourite small standard Euonymus -Emerald Gold, this little tree does suffer from frost damage each year, but bounces back each spring as good as new.

The Pieris Foerst Flame Varigata is putting on new red shoots again its worth its weight in gold this shrub always looks attractive whatever the season!

This corner area is where my Cherry Tree grew, the little Bird Bath you can see sits on top of the old tree trunk,

This area is looking good at the moment with the pretty Potentilla Elizabeth in flower, also the White Achillea [gift from Dawn] romping away, the white Alpine Arenaria blending in with the gorgeous yellow sedum [a magnet forthe bees]and the Pink Foxgloves just starting to finish now!.

Azalea Elizabeth, finished flowering now but was a lovely sight so I thought you would like to see her in all her glory;0)

This is Penestemon Strictus
it is new this year and is very attractive with its Purple and white tubular flowers.

Heruchera Purple Palace is doing well planted from a cutting in April

Lonicera Baggesen Gold one of my favourite little shrubs, responds well to trimming.

Cosmos grown from seed this year.

Fragiaria another favourite a gift from Amy,
pretty bright crimson flowers and attractive foliage, its a relative of the Strawberry family and throws out runners and tiny little fruits loved by the birds;0)

Santolina pretty aromatic silver grey foliage and small yellow pom pom flowers [ a member of the herb family]

Lavender Hidcote, comes very high on my favouriote list for it colour and it perfume !

Pink and White Lavertera doing well in the front garden.

Potentilla Elizabeth
A pretty little shrub with Silver Grey foliage and yellow Buttercup flowers.

White Astilbe

with attractive leaves and pretty feathery flowers.

Red Astilbe
I like both the red and the white hard to choose between them

Mimulus really earns its keep , its been flowering now since early May.

White Yarrow

another gift from Goy friend Dawn Saunt, so pleased with it this year it has made a lovely clump.

Yellow Sedum always welcome for its lovely splash of sunshine.

Pink Shirley poppies grown from Seed
The slugs have eaten most of them this year, but I now have fresh seeds for next year!

Well folks I could go on and on, but dont want to bore you , so I will just mention a few unsung Heroes not in flower at present. Beautiful Camelia Donation, Rhodendron pink pearl, Hebe Armstrong, Skimmia and last but by no means least the lovely Primula familyand all the smaller rockery plants.

Hope you enjoy your visit and Thank you for viewing! ;0))

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That's looking beautiful, Carole ...
and I love the hillsides views in the distance :o)

15 Aug, 2012

 

Thanks Terra pleased you like it, High winds and heavy rains here today so I thought I would finish this blog I started a couple of weeks back ;0)

15 Aug, 2012

 

What a beautiful garden Pansy, really pretty and such an array of colour, hope we get some rain soon, in fact just started so I need not water the garden yipee!!! Lovely blog enjoyed it very much.

15 Aug, 2012

 

I've loved visiting your garden Carole, you have some beautiful and interesting plants there. I especially like the Pieris and your standard Euonymus, it's so good to have something that works all year round. I'm hoping to up date my garden in the autumn, the soil is poor, so first thing after taking out the plants I want to keep, will be a load of top soil.....don't know if I'm looking forward to it or not....lol!

15 Aug, 2012

 

Such a great choice of plants and shrubs and lovely splashes of colours you have. A garden to be proud of.
We have the same weather here today. The gardens were drying out quickly though weren't they and needed a drink..

15 Aug, 2012

 

Thanks Olive pleased you liked your visit, talk about rain it absoloutely bouncing down at the moment. its like a river swirling down the close, Im glad I live at the top not the bottom lol
Hi Janey glad you enjoyed your tour, you have just missed the torrential downpour pleased you didnt get wet lol Just looking through the window quite a number of plants have been flattened, just hope the stems aren't broken and they will bounce back!

Thanks for your nice comments, I suppose the rain will do the plants good after the dry spell, I took my Sweet Peas out yesterday as they have stopped flowering and looked sorry for themselves, I was amazed how dry the soil was in the large container its no wonder they gave up flowering!

15 Aug, 2012

 

Your front garden is beautiful Carole, well done to you both! I wish I could do something with mine :((

15 Aug, 2012

 

You have a wonderful garden PP. so colourful, and I like the Pieris. I have one but it is in a pot and never looks like yours. You have a wonderful view too. The Penstemon Strictus is interesting as well.

15 Aug, 2012

 

Looks amazing Pansy:)

15 Aug, 2012

 

Thanks Michaella Im sure you will get around to doing yours, you are great at transforming gardens.

Thanks Cinders I have two pieris in the front garden both do really well one of them is a varigated one which is my favourite, The penstemon Strictus as just finished flowering the leaves have just turned a red colour dont know if its my soil or its normal for this one, Im hoping to take a couple of cuttings just in case I lose it;0)

Thanks Nana Im pleased you like it;0)

15 Aug, 2012

 

Well if I had that view each day Pp. I would not move from my chair in the front room!! Your garden is a picture, so beautiful.

15 Aug, 2012

 

For a small space Pp, you certainly get a lot in and it doesn't look overcrowded. Really pretty. Jx

15 Aug, 2012

 

Thanks Grandma and Jane yes Im lucky having the hills all around and its suprising how much you can get in a small space ;0)

15 Aug, 2012

 

So pretty, wish I had a front garden ours is slabbed for the car :-( trying to make up for it with pots, front gardens are disappearing such a shame the motor car has a lot to answer for!

15 Aug, 2012

 

You have a fabulous view from your front garden, PP. -how wonderful. Your garden is looking superb too. I especially love the Shirley poppies, whose colour is stunning and the white yarrow and astilbe. Mine finished flowering a few weeks ago but was lovely while it lasted.

15 Aug, 2012

 

Super blog. The garden is a credit to you, it looks stunning. I wouldn't actually say it was small either, much bigger than my little plot.
I love the view you have of the fields and hills.
You live in a lovely plot lol.

15 Aug, 2012

amy
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It looks fabulous Carole and so vibrant ,you have a good eye for putting plants together in the right places , that Lavender Hidcote is such a gorgeous blue , it was a shame about your little cherry tree but you know sometimes we just have to do what's right , I love the view from your garden we are as flat as a pancake :o(

15 Aug, 2012

 

What a great range of lovely plants in a relatively small space - you must be pleased you went through all the work of renewing the lawn, it looks very good.

15 Aug, 2012

 

I agree with what has been said by other, a lovely garden.

15 Aug, 2012

 

Hi Sk not seen you around for awhile, hope all is well. I agree front gardens are disappearing these days which is a shame! used to love looking in the gardens as you walk past, but its the era of the car now, Im lucky as we do have a drivewayup the side of the house;0)

15 Aug, 2012

 

Thanks Waddy for your kind comments pleased you like my little plot;0)

Thanks Amy the Lavender is lovely dont remember it being as vibrant of plentiful last year, we are pleased with the way it has turned out and I dont miss sweeping all the leaves up in the Autumn;0)

Thanks Stera and Drc It was well worth all the effort and I have had nice comments from neighbours too ;0)

15 Aug, 2012

 

Thank you Carole, it's good to have a reminder of how lovely and useful some of my rather 'taken for granted' evergreens are! You have such a beautifully planted and cared for front garden and your views are really wonderful. I like the new Penstemon...it's an unusual one with that height and the broad leaves...very nice!

16 Aug, 2012

 

Thanks Karen its very true how much we take our evergreens for granted, they are the backbone of our gardens around which we weave our own colours and designs,I like the new Penstemon but time will tell if it is sucessful or not, never seem to get them returning the following year but I am going to take some cuttings this time;0)

16 Aug, 2012

 

Ah, at last I've found someone else that doesn't have much success with them! I have no idea why, but I've never been able to grow them. Then last year, Shirley sent me a small rooted cutting, which has survived (just) and now has a flower. Then Annie sent me another lovely one which is also hanging on in there, so I went and bought two lovely deep blue ones from the GC (expensive plants they were too) so I do hope they all survive!

16 Aug, 2012

 

Oh I do hope they survive for you Karen, I will be very interested how they cope with the winter, good luck ;0)

16 Aug, 2012

 

:) Thanks Carole!

16 Aug, 2012

 

What a delightful front garden you have PP...some really nice plants too. I've just had my driveway all redone this year and have plans to do something with the front garden next year. At the moment it's used as a holding pen for the back garden rejects.
I think my favourite is the Chamaecyparis and Lonicera combination - so many different textures going on there in that little section.
I've only just managed to bring a Penstemon through winter for the first time ever - although I suspect it was because the winter was so mild up here.
Thank you for sharing and giving me some inspiration of doing my own front garden :)

16 Aug, 2012

 

Thanks Scottish for your kind comments and you have done well with your Penstemon! hope I am as lucky this year. Im pleased my blog has inspired you and wish you good luck with renovating your garden, will look forwaurd to seeing pictures next year;0))

16 Aug, 2012

 

Sorry I have only got round to commenting on your lovely front garden,Carole..although I had read it earlier..busy two evenings with Thomas..had to play out ,and by the time I logged on,I was too tired to add anything..:o)
It looks brilliant,and you have crammed so much in it..
I love your white Achillea,and white Astilbe...does the Achillea get tall,as my yellow ones are huge..I know some are a medium size...a lot of hard work there,and you and Harry did a great job ..:o) x

17 Aug, 2012

 

Thanks Sandra, The Achillea is around 2ft at the moment Im really pleased with it but want to try andkeep it in that little area, might be difficult as you know how quickly it grows! but I will dig some of the strays up in Autumn;0))

17 Aug, 2012

 

I bought a new one,a couple of years ago,but got rid of it this year..It wasn't the colour I imagined..more a mucky shade of pink ! Lol..I hated it,but I still found odd bits that had seeded..:o(..

17 Aug, 2012

 

I really enjoyed taking a tour with you Carole, your front garden looks really good and I can see why you would get nice comments from the neighbours, a very good selection of planting, something to admire all year round, the view is good as well, I am envious of that, I do have a nice view in the distance, trouble is I have to stand in the middle of the road to see it, plus ignore the houses that are down the hill between the view and me, lol..

17 Aug, 2012

 

Sandra I have just been looking at a multi coloured Achillea on Ebay very tempted but would you believe I resisted buying lol

Thanks lincslass Pleased you enjoyed the little tour, the surrounding hills were the reason we moved here, its very pleasant we do have houses opposite but at least we can see past them to the countryside beyond, which is getting rarer these days;0)

17 Aug, 2012

 

Very pretty, and you've got a nice view too :o)

17 Aug, 2012

 

thanks Hywel and the view is very much appreciated;0))

17 Aug, 2012

 

Carole, that first picture is so lovely, what a view you have and your garden adds to it, beautiful:-)

18 Aug, 2012

 

Thanks Ba for your appreciative comments;0)

18 Aug, 2012

 

Wow Carole your front garden is really lovely, love the view you have over the hills aswell

18 Aug, 2012

 

Thanks Carol pleased you like it;0)

18 Aug, 2012

 

:o)

18 Aug, 2012

 

your front garden is lovely carole and so neat and tidy, lovely views to,
im ashamed to say iv lost interest with my garden this year, no summer again, i must get to it haha :o))

19 Aug, 2012

 

Thanks Sandra pleased you like it! dont worry we all have phases like this, its natural in life, other personal things get in the way, but Im sure you will gain all your usual enthuisisam, been a a very poor year for gardening, cheers for 2013;0)

19 Aug, 2012

 

Your front garden is lovely! You have so many beautiful flowers:)

20 Aug, 2012

 

Thank you Violet pleased you like it;0)

20 Aug, 2012

 

Aww thanks Snoopdog what a nice thing to say;0)

21 Aug, 2012

 

What a gorgeous blog post! This has brightened up my day. its amazing how perfect and well kept it all looks like, when we all know how hard it is to keep a garden up to standard, But you must have a talent!
Well done, and you have a lovely garden and view

22 Aug, 2012

 

Thankyou Jess for your lovely cooments;0)

22 Aug, 2012

 

Loved your front garden PP, have just taken a liking to Astilbes, your white and red ones look gorgeous. I love penstemons, lost one earlier this year, can't remember the name, but Sour Grapes was given to me by a lady in Cornwall over 10 years ago, we stayed in her cottage) and have got 3 plants now from cuttings taken over the years, so good luck with yours!

1 Oct, 2012

 

Hi Gralew so pleased you like my front garden, my Penstemon is just finishing flowering now, doesnt seem to be any suitable stems on it to take cuttings, I may dig it up and try to over winter it in the min greenhouse in a couple of weeks;0)

1 Oct, 2012

 

Hi Carole I have just taken some cuttings of my new penstemon, if they all take, i won't need them all perhaps i could pass some to you. Will keep my fingers crossed for a sucessful crop :o)

4 Oct, 2012

 

Hi Val that would be fantastic very kind of you , I do hope they take ;0))

4 Oct, 2012

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