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Progress on my new garden

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Hello everyone! Here I am again, indulging in a very sweet hot cinnamon treat so as to get internet access!! Life is tough eh?

Here are a few pics of what I’ve been up to over the weekend and since we moved in about a month ago. By the way….hasn’t the weather been fantastic? Almost every day since we moved in has been clear, bright and fresh. And I have really enjoyed the south facing aspect of my garden already….managing to sit outside and have a coffee in just a long sleeved T-shirt and tunic. Wonderful! Hope you have all had great sunshine as well…November is often such a dreadful dreich month..but not this one! :)

The North Facing back garden….a small sunless patch with overgrown shrubs and herbaceous etc, weeks and all my plants behind.

A clean up has transformed this area and we laid a lot of bark chippings as a toilet area for Molly.

The heuchera collection on the scrubbed up decking.

At the front of the house there is a border which was full of weeds, overgrown shrubs, a lovely Camellia which was planted in full early morning sunshine (not good!) and subsequently looked very yellow and was virtually without buds. This has been rescued, potted and moved to a shadier spot. The rest has been cleared and replanted with plants I brought from the old garden. I am so chuffed with the result and especially as I can now grow real sun-lovers!

Here’s the border when we moved in….

…and yesterday with new shrubs, most of them evergreen. I found bulbs, most of which I replanted, and I added a couple of lovely geraniums, some primulas etc. The main stars of this border in summer will be three Cistus (sun-roses), which flower all summer long.

Look how lovely the Viburnum Tinus is! It’s been flowering since September, but is now in full bloom with beautiful pink blossoms. It certainly cheers up my front doorway!

This border has been cleared, but I’ve not taken a photo of it….basically, it’s now empty except for the Choisya, and that will be coming out in the Spring to make way for a Silver Birch.

This Hawthorne tree was dead…the raised border having been installed around it, thus raising the level of the soil on the trunk by a foot. Enough to kill a tree.

Same area from the other side of the garden. The dead tree is replaced with a Sambucus ‘Sutherland Gold’ a Rhody and a few other goodies. It will be lovely once the Sambucus has grown up a bit!

I have to go now friends…my computer is running out of charge…I don’t get long on this machine without a lead. Will be online at home soon…should be by this Friday and will catch up with you all then.

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I so envy your vision and your knowledge of what to put where!!
I can see already the improvements you have made and you are obviously loving doing them and thinking ahead all the time.
I shall so enjoy your ongoing project and hope that most of it takes place on sunny days :-)

25 Nov, 2013

 

Looking good , Karen! So pleased - but not at all surprised - that you are enjoying taking ownership of the garden. You chose the right Autumn to do it!

25 Nov, 2013

 

Hi Karen, you have made some changes already! In the first photo I see you are providing food for the birds and wonder what varieties you will have visiting you now you are in the countryside.

The Heucheras will be at home on your pristine decking and I love the Viburnum in the pot.

Shame the Hawthorn had not been moved prior to the previous owners making a raised bed around it ... but I like the log edges to it.

Don't overdo it though ... Rome wasn't built in a day ... :o)

25 Nov, 2013

 

Its really coming on Karen, my only worry is the silver birch being near the house unless I have misunderstood.
We had to remove one quite a way away as it was forcing up the patio slabs and the roots heading for the house.......

25 Nov, 2013

 

Lovely to see you Karen, and your energy and inspiration never fail to amaze me. Already making improvements, in just a few short weeks!

See you again soon . . . we've been missing you. x

25 Nov, 2013

 

Loving what you have done so far Karen, especially like the new border by the window, and that Viburnum Tinus looks beautiful! :)))

25 Nov, 2013

 

Great to see you here Karen and haven't you been busy? Although that shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone

You have such vision of how things will look in future seasons. It's a shame the previous owners didn't realise what they were doing to the Hawthorn, but I'm sure you'll soon have the garden looking superb. It's better than mine anyway.
I have to concur with others here regarding your Silver Birch.

Looking forward to future blogs :)

25 Nov, 2013

 

Don't worry friends, the silver birch will be about 5m from the corner of the cottage. Mind you, you've got me thinking about it, and I've always wanted a downy birch...which is a much smaller tree! I think it would be a much better option. I do need a tree or large shrub there to filter the westerlies a little. Thanks for getting me thinking, and for all your lovely comments. Suggestions for other wind tolerant small trees very welcome!

25 Nov, 2013

 

Shirley, we have a large family of hedge sparrows, goldfinches, bluetits, great tits, robins and blackbirds so far. We'll see who joins the feast as winter progresses.

25 Nov, 2013

 

That's wonderful Karen ... :o)

25 Nov, 2013

 

We had to remove a silver birch which had got into the drains - such a shame as it was lovely. It sounds as though the smaller one might be a better bet.

25 Nov, 2013

 

Hi Karen, good to see you and your garden on here again, it hasn't taken you long to get stuck in has it? I see you have a hedge around the garden? what is it, will you be keeping it? personally I would use several large shrubs and preferably evergreens to give you shelter, with all that lovely space to play with, they will be able to reach their full potential!
Looking forward to the next instalment....🌟✨❇

25 Nov, 2013

 

Looking really good Karen, we've also have had some lovely weather, today we have blue skies and sunshine it's great....🌟✨❇

26 Nov, 2013

 

Hi Karen

I hope Rachel is convalescing well ..

Pleased that you're happy with your new home. You've already made good improvements to the gardens !

It must be wonderful to have no near neighbours and enjoy those stunning views .. xxx

26 Nov, 2013

 

It looks amazing, improved already, I knew it wouldn't be long before you were taking out and replanting. lol :O) Great to see the garden too, and that the Heuchera corner is getting set up in a lovely spot. Where abouts is the water feature being planted? :O)

26 Nov, 2013

 

Only you Karen could have her new garden looking this good after such a short time. Glad to see you back. X

26 Nov, 2013

 

Thank you! Yes, we have a hawthorn hedge, but it belongs to the farmer. I am planning to fill in the many gaps at the bottom with honeysuckle for scent.

Rachel is going to be coming home soon. She wA very unhappy even before her accident, and she has decided to give up her position and go on to the supply teacher list locally. I'm absolutely certain its the right decision for her, and can't wait to have her home with us. I was getting very worried about her...she was totally unlike herself...very depressed. Now she is getting back to her old self again thank goodness!

The water feature is just outside the study, which is the window next to the front patio doors. The birds love drinking from it, which is an added bonus. I shall take a photo of it soon.

Today I thinned out one of the big Apple trees. It looks much better and now air can get around the branches. The apples are green and Sharp, but very tasty! Hopefully next years will be a better size and not so scabby!

26 Nov, 2013

 

Angela, did you have any shrubs in mind? It's a windy spot, but a tall evergreen or two would be lovely. I don't want to have to wait years for a holly though...it needs to be tall and fast!

26 Nov, 2013

 

Perhaps Elaeagnus....or the variegated prunus...but the elaeagnus grows fast...hmmm...thanks..good idea! I'll give it some thought.

26 Nov, 2013

 

Sorry to hear about Rachel, but she is so wise to do something about it now. It's a big thing to start a new career so far away in such a small place. The happiest years of my career were the last nine, when I was on supply. It has a great deal to recommend it and good supply teachers are always in demand. You will love having her at home (and I bet she'll love it too!)

I hope you get some mild weather for a while so you can carry on with your gardening plans :-)

26 Nov, 2013

 

Will have a think, as you say Holly takes forever, Griselinia is a lovely shrub/tree variegated or plain, also Pittosporum, all can be shaped, Elaeagnus is slow to start but then goes off fairly quickly, and lovely perfume......
So pleased to hear Rachel will be coming home, the same thing happened to our youngest daughter, hated being away from home, made herself really poorly, best to nip these things in the bud....

26 Nov, 2013

 

Absolutely . . . having Rachel home as soon as possible is the best thing. You will both feel better for it, and she shouldn't feel bad about giving up the position - we ALL make mistakes :))

27 Nov, 2013

 

Thank you all. It's definitely the right decision. She will be sorting it out tomorrow, and her new car will be ready on Saturday, so with a bit of luck we will soon be driving north again to bring her and all her stuff home.
Angela, griselinia is a good idea. I've put my two golden cypress in, but am going to look for something taller to go behind them. Might try a crab Apple.
I've been working ever so hard today. Got the second Apple thinned, and the big border almost finished as well. Can't wait to show you the difference..very happy!...and also very stiff!

27 Nov, 2013

 

Well done, a crab apple would be fine, looking forward to your next update, something to keep me from getting too bored, I need a project🏡💥💥

27 Nov, 2013

 

Thanks. I hope to be online sat. I'll put some pics on then. Took some nice ones today. Off up to Sutherland.d on Tuesday to bring Rachel Home. Will be glad when I don't have to do that drive any more!

28 Nov, 2013

 

Not sure if you have one there but ours is a country garden too, we have a Viburnum 'dawn' tucked away in some trees and the perfume scents the air.......

29 Nov, 2013

 

Karen you must get an Encianthus and a Daphne

Sorry to here about Rachel once she is home again you will all be happy again best Christmas gift having here back home,

Your gardens looking great .

29 Nov, 2013

 

Pam, I've just planted a Dawn..can't wait for the flowers.

Kath, you're right, it will be good to have her back. Daphne...definitely! Once I get online I shall be able to choose a good variety. Still loads of old stuff to come out though.

29 Nov, 2013

 

Glad you are having Rachel back to live if she is not happy where she is and homesick perhaps. You really have been busy, and doing lots of other things too, as well as fettling up your lovely new garden.

29 Nov, 2013

 

Hello Karen, I don't know why no notifications came on my page informing me of your blogs. I was wondering how you were getting on. Its looking lovely already ! How about pictures of the whole garden soon, even if it isn't done yet!

4 Dec, 2013

 

OK rose! I will do my best! :)

4 Dec, 2013

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