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Here’s a few pics of what I’ve been up to today. I’ve filled 25 sacks with rubbish, and a huge sack with kindling for the fire from pruning the trees. Theres still a sizeable pile of prunings to be cut up and saved, but I ran out of energy at about 4.30pm!

So, here’s my….erm….rockery. A thing of beauty eh? lol…I’ll get around to dealing with that soon!

This corner is where my plum tree sits. I need to plant some evergreen shrubs here to hide my neighbours shed and caravan across the road, so I’ve popped my Mahonia in there for starters. I forgot to take a ‘before’ photo. This is after I removed two really horrid old Spiraea shrubs to make room for the Mahonia.

As you can see, the little heathers border hasn’t been attended to for some years. On top of that, there is about 10 years worth of prunings, leaves and detritus under the hedge which also needed to come out and go to the dump, as I want to sow some wildflower seeds under there in the spring, so needed contact with the soil.

And this is my raised border. These two Hebes are coming out. This was to be today’s job, but I decided to tackle the heathers instead and get some shrubs planted along that hedge.

The Camellia, back of the border, has now been moved to the North side of the house. It’s just too sunny in the front for Camellias. If they get the morning sun on their frosty buds…the buds all drop. As you can see, it is quite chlorotic as well. I hope to nurse it back to health, it doesn’t appear to have a single bud on it.

I did inherit a lovely corkscrew Hazel and these New Zealand daisies, which I detest in flower, but they look good in the winter don’t they? I don’t know whether to keep them or not…probably will until I get something better!

Here’s the other side of that raised border. As you can see, some huge shrubs have been planted in there. It’s not the place for these things in my view. I think more elegant shrubs and Acers will be lovely interplanted with some herbaceous perennials for cutting and colour. As you can see, I’ve already placed my coral barked Acer in there.

So, back to my day…out came all the old heathers (sorry, not a heather fan) and later on I will be adding more rocks (I have a big pile of huge ones on the drive) and then this will become my heuchera garden. All my lovely Heucheras will go here, it’s shaded by the hedge and the plum tree, and they will love it here. The drainage is good…even now, the soil is absolutely workable.

In went a Golden Cyprus, tucked in the corner where it can do it’s own thing.

I kept the dwarf rhodys….we’ll see what they are like in flower. I put in a little acer as well, and I’ve a bigger rhody. which can also go in there with the Heucheras.

And this is the fifth apple tree, finally thinned and pruned. This one is a Bramley’s seedling I think. I know, it’s a weird shape. You should have seen it before I got to work on it! Good apples though. Probably not this year now, as I’ve really given it a good going over and most of the fruiting buds seem to be in the recycling pile. :( Hopefully it will all be for the best in the end.

Good luck little apple tree….:)) Working out there is really good for me…I feel like every time I get another job done, I make a pact with the ground and it becomes my partner. We are going to get along famously! :)))

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Goodness, Karen ... you've been busy ...
It will be lovely watching all the plants settle in and grow. :o)

30 Jan, 2014

 

Just love your enthusiasm and your energy, I shall watch with great interest as your new garden develops, you are very brave to work out in this cold weather.

30 Jan, 2014

 

Well done Karen it certainly was dry to day we had a few sleet showers but in the main it was good.

I pruned my my lavenders and took cuttings for Glamis.

Cut back the hello bore leaves the cutting you gave me is nearly open again.

And tidied my roses.

You will sleep tonight

30 Jan, 2014

 

It will Terra, thank you,

Lizzie....it really wasn't too bad out there today...leggings and waterproof trousers and a waterproof over a warm sweater...sorted! Thank you for your lovely comment. :)

Thanks Kath! :)) you've been busy too!

30 Jan, 2014

 

Oh how satisfying to have gardened all day ... you will know every worm by name soon if you keep going at this rate of knots! Lots of scope for you to put your imprint on ... now slow down woman! :o)

30 Jan, 2014

 

Might have to Shirley.... bit stiff tonight! :)

30 Jan, 2014

 

Just remember ... steady but slow wins the race ... :o)

30 Jan, 2014

 

Shall look forward to seeing your wild flowers, well done with all your hard work , have a bath and ease that stiffness.

30 Jan, 2014

 

Thanks 3d..have had a lovely bath :))

30 Jan, 2014

 

:o)) now relax hehe

30 Jan, 2014

 

"New Zealand daisies, which I detest" - is that celmisias? I'll take them off your hands Karen. I've been trying to track down someone who sells them

30 Jan, 2014

 

That's an impressive day's work - you must be shattered!
I really like the shape of your little apple tree - like a big bonsai! It would look nice with a not too big clematis on it.

30 Jan, 2014

 

yup, that's the fella Andrew. Send me a pm with your address. I've got loads and they need splitting :)

30 Jan, 2014

 

I am feeling relaxed, happy and a little stiff Stera..thank you? I nearly planted a honeysuckle up the apple tree today...but clematis would be lovely!

30 Jan, 2014

 

Which one though....decisions decisions!

30 Jan, 2014

 

Time will tell....but anyone who has followed me on here will put their money on the Clem! ;)

30 Jan, 2014

 

You certainly don't do things by halves do you Karen? I was exhausted just going through your blog! lol.. It must be so exciting planning and organising your new garden though..
Looks like you've made a cracking start already.. \0/xxx

30 Jan, 2014

 

:))

31 Jan, 2014

 

You have so much scope and space to make it what you want it to be,Karen,and it's lovely to be able to put your own stamp on it..literally..I bet you have done lots of stamping in,this week :o) I love how you can visualise for the future..I.ve never heard of New Zealand Daisies.I .must have a google :o) your raised beds.are going to look great..

31 Jan, 2014

 

Oh Karen, I envy you your lovely big garden, but I'm not so sure about all that hard work!
As Bloomer says, you obviously able to see into the future and visualise the 'finished' garden (is it ever truly finished?) I on the other hand can't seem to be able to do that. I make loads of mistakes and plants get moved around more often than Draughts on a draught board! I know I should plan, but I go to the GC, see a plant I like and only then do I try and see where I can put it. Ah well...
Keep up the good work Karen, and remember to put the Radox on the shopping list !!

31 Jan, 2014

 

Waddy, your description of how you garden sounds pretty much like mine! :)) Keep up the good work.

Bloomer, the correct name for the daisy is Celmisia.

31 Jan, 2014

 

Include me in the rash buys,and moving around..often ! The times I've bought something,and kept walking around with the darned thing,wondering where to plant it..if in doubt,shove it in a pot..:o)
Thanks Karen,I've looked it up..not sure ..hovering on the maybe...but leaning towards probably not..

31 Jan, 2014

 

That's exactly how I feel Bloomer!

31 Jan, 2014

 

It's brilliant that we will be able to watch your garden grow from scratch Karen :o)

31 Jan, 2014

 

Oh my goodness you have been busy, you're putting me to shame. Its far too cold for my bones out there at the moment, very chilly, not icy though just feels very cold. We had snow/sleet yesterday am hoping that is not a sign of what is to come today and tomorrow. Dry at the moment but snow forecast for higher ground this weekend. yukkkkkk!!! The garden up there is looking good, the Heucheras will love that spot, it will look amazing. Love it all, the apple tree might just surprise you we did a hatchet job on ours last backend in the field, but it looks like it might produce some buds for us, fingers crossed. It will keep you in apples all winter when it gets going. Apple pies and crumbles yay!!!!!!! We are still eating our apples from last year, they are being stored outside in the big shed and so far so good, well worth the effort of picking. Plus all the laughing at our antics with the new apple picker. lol. Best buy ever though with a grabber on the end of a telescopic pole. No ladders needed. Happy Gardening xxxx

31 Jan, 2014

 

Clematis for an apple tree? Decisions - when should it flower, what colour, and large flowers or smaller?

I have 'Marie Boisselot' growing into a flowering crab -
large white flowers but has taken a long time to get going. Viticella type are good for later colour, and 'Alba Luxurians' wth white and green flowers, blooms over a long period.

I was disappointed with C. rehderiana, with small, pale yellow, scented flowers late in the season. It was growing through the flowering cherry I took out last autumn, but I could only see a few blooms from an upstairs window, and they weren't really large enough to make an impression.

31 Jan, 2014

 

I'm stunned at what you've achieved, so far, Karen!

31 Jan, 2014

 

Thanks everybody. Andrew, I do love the viticella group of clematis. One of my all time favourites though, is C. Flammula Triternata Rubromarginata, with it's almond scented blossoms. I think that might be lovely on the apple, and it very reliable too.

Annie, it will be fun sharing my progress with you!

Mum, it really is horrid today. I'm not going out. Scott has been out all morning cleaning the gutters and cutting part of the hedge. Now he's off to B&Q for screws for the house name sign that I found in the garage and renovated. It looks really nice, can't wait to find a place for it on the house.

Mouldy, thank you! I'm enjoying it...but not today. It's very windy, and just started raining. Supermarket for me in a little while....yawn! I'm really tired after yesterday's work.

31 Jan, 2014

 

Pleased you found a house sign, that will be lovely on the front of the cottage.
I had a little trot around the garden after reading your blog, but it was so cold. But my spirits were lifted very high. I found my Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postil’ which I bought quite a few years back and which has never flowered. Well it has flower buds on it. I am so excited, it came from the g.c. very small and it died back. I was gutted, then two years ago it started to sprut up from the ground, I could not believe how it has grown, and this year it has buds on it. So looking forward to seeing the flowers open out and hope it has perfume. Also just one of my little yellow aconites has popped up from its sleep. The garden is coming back to life. Yipee!!!! So pleased I went for my little walk around even if I had to make a hot cuppa to warm me up when I got back indoors. lol.

31 Jan, 2014

 

You are getting on really well Karen ! I bet you can't wait for the Spring ! I agree with you about heathers , sorry Terra and any others that love them ! The first thing I did was to dig a big leggy heather up ! That area will look lovely with all your Heucheras too ! Mine are still looking good and I split quite a few last year, but now have to decide whether to put them all together of just dot them about ! Well done !

31 Jan, 2014

 

Karen - I grow C. Flammula Triternata Rubromarginata, and agree it's a good one. When my neighbours removed a hedge a few years ago, I got another strip of garden, no more than two feet deep. I planted herbaceous paeonies all along it, and the clematis rambles over them, giving interest after the paeony flowers have finished

31 Jan, 2014

 

Mum! That's what happens when we go out exploring! That sounds lovely, seeing the Daphne coming back to life!

Rose, thank you! I think I shall keep some of the prettiest and smaller Heuchera. In pots beside the house for now, and plant the bigger ones in this corner. They propagate so readily though don't they! :))

Andrew, that sounds lovely!

31 Jan, 2014

 

I love what you've done so far Karen. How fortunate you are to be able to garden.....no chance here....its freezing and the ground is sodden....ah well.....Spring will come soon.....won't it????

31 Jan, 2014

 

Oh, I do hope so Alice...a glimpse of blue sky would be a treat! No gardening today...freezing wind and rain.

31 Jan, 2014

 

Great news re house sign Karen.

I took 20 more lavender cuttings today had to stop as sleet was so wet and heavy.

Just to take another 20 so should have 100 rooted by time we go back to the Castle.

31 Jan, 2014

 

Kath! That will be lovely! Well done!

31 Jan, 2014

 

Supermarket?
In Remote-ville?
Oh, I see...one eye out for cornflakes and the other for spring bargains in the gardening aisle. Lol.

1 Feb, 2014

 

Hi Karen, just been reading your latest comments etc. Please if it's not too late, could I beg some of your Celmisias, New Zealand Daisy?

As you're an expert on Clematis, could I also pick your brain? I have a piece of light weight trellis which I'd like to grow something over, but it needs to be deciduous and die back in winter so I can cut it down before the snow. That may sound strange, but the trellis actually forms a kind of 'roof' and any weight such as snow forming on it too much would break it. I'd love something showy and colourful and perhaps scented? Any ideas please?

1 Feb, 2014

 

Hi Waddy! No problem, send me a pm with your name and address and I'll add you to the list!

As for the clematis, two spring to mind. They are both scented. They are also both pruning group 3 which needs an annual hard prune. I have always done this at the autumn clear up in november with no I'll effect. They re grow from ground level every spring. The larger one is clematis Flammula Triternata Rubromarginata, which is one of my favourite clems of all. It is very reliable, very floriferous and nice and light for your trellis. The other one is similarly perfumed, but darker coloured flowers and only grows to about 6feet. That is C aromatica.

As long as you stick to a Clem. from pruning group 3 there are hundreds to choose from. I recommend you visit www.taylorsclematis.co.uk where you can filter according to pruning group, and see what takes your fancy. Avoid the viticellas unless you have a big space for them. The bijou group are excellent if the space is small as they flower all summer...but no scent. :))

I ordered three clems yesterday...the first for this garden...Niobe for my arch, Flammula Triternata Rubromarginata to grow up one apple tree, and Warsaw Nike for another apple tree! :))happy days! X

1 Feb, 2014

 

Mouldy...three miles to sainsbys and two to tescos! best of all worlds here. Two miles to the beach and two to the country park! We are sooooooooo blessed! :)) we even had a couple of hours of sunshine today...but it looks like snow now :(

1 Feb, 2014

 

Waddy - another scented clematis is C. rehderiana, but having grown it, I wouldn't recommend it. It is very vigorous, but the flowers are small and only carried at the top of the plant

1 Feb, 2014

 

That's right Andrew, and there are a few newer scented ones that don't cling...like 'Pamela' so steer clear of them unless you want to tie it in yourself, but that's a chore in my view!

1 Feb, 2014

 

Thanks Karen! I think Flammula sounds just the ticket.
I'll look on Taylors Clematis web page before making a final decision.

Meanwhile, I'll send you a PM for the New Zealand Daisy.

1 Feb, 2014

 

what a wonderful day of work and effort. It looks amazing and glad you are not too stiff/sore after all that lifting bending.

1 Feb, 2014

 

I paid only postage to 'Gardeners World' magazine for four free clems and 'Niobe' is one of them.
Can't wait to chuck them in the garden. :-)

3 Feb, 2014

 

Niobe is my all time favourite Clem...it's totally beautiful!

3 Feb, 2014

 

I've a Multi-Blue, a Wisely and a nother one.
Can't remember it's name. Lol.

4 Feb, 2014

 

I had getting on for a hundred in my last garden, but then I realised I had totally lost the plot, and took some out! I'm going to try to control myself a bit better this time!

4 Feb, 2014

 

What a lot of effort you have put in when the weather is right to get on with your garden plans. A nice hot soak to keep the aches at bay no doubt. Reading this might, but only might, encourage me to get moving on some outstanding tasks. Your property sounds ideally placed too. Beach, country park, and shopping all so close. Wisely chosen.The mild winter has my 2 apple tree clematis sprouting new leaves. Do you think I should prune them back yet Karen?

5 Feb, 2014

 

Which clematis are they Dorjac? Everything is sprouting isn't it. The weather has been wild, but mild! The borders at the castle look like it's March...all the herbaceous stuff is waking up!

5 Feb, 2014

 

Dorjac - I've already cut back my clematis as they are all showing signs of new growth

5 Feb, 2014

 

Yes, that's what I was thinking too Andrew. Before they get any more growth.

5 Feb, 2014

 

(Mouldy makes a note).
Cheers Andrew!

5 Feb, 2014

 

Karen, can I pick your brains too please? I am hoping to find a clem to scramble through my hypericum Hidcote, so it would need medium sized flowers, some shade of bright blue but not to dark as the bush is right at the bottom of the garden and it would be nice to see it from the house. Any ideas please?

6 Feb, 2014

 

Stera - if you go to www.taylorsclematis.co.uk, you can search for yourself :-)

6 Feb, 2014

 

Stera, I think C. Durandii would be lovely there. It has deep blue, medium sized flowers, which bloom all summer, and it doesn't get too tall. You will have to tie it in to begin with, but it would be so pretty with the yellow of the shrub. It's prune group 3, so you can chop it to the ground in late winter and pull it out of your shrub. It will re grow from ground level. You can do this in autumn if it's easier.
A paler blue is C. ascotiensis. It's another lovely one. 6-8' by 3'spread and another group 3. flowers all summer. But it's flowers are bigger than Durandii. Prince Charles is even paler, but I think it would be a bit too pale for a yellow hypericum...but see what you think. :) hope this gives you some ideas!

6 Feb, 2014

 

Yes, thanks Andrew, I meant to add that, you did it for us! :)

6 Feb, 2014

 

I'm growing C. 'Arabella', which flowers over a very long period, through euonymus 'Silver Queen.' It's a short one, but the colour might be darker than you want

6 Feb, 2014

 

How is that going Andrew? I've always loved Arabella, but found it wouldn't flower well unless it went straight up through an obelisk, which frustrated me as I wanted to grow it through a shrub!

6 Feb, 2014

 

It's going very well. Cut her back a few days ago as new shoots are appearing. Always gets commented on when the garden is open. Perhaps she needs the warmer south to flower well

6 Feb, 2014

 

Oh how lucky you are! We're getting more snow and our little car just decided to up and quit...lots of other things to think about beside the garden...But the planning is keeping me from fretting. Lovely start...just imagine the finish! :-)

6 Feb, 2014

 

Yes, the finish...we'll turn up mob-handed, Karen...the whole of Goytown.
I bet you're thrilled at the very idea. Lol.

6 Feb, 2014

 

Lol....that would be amazing!! As long as you all bring something tasty with you!

7 Feb, 2014

 

Get serious...anything tasty will probably get scoffed on the journey! ;-9

7 Feb, 2014

 

That's ok though...then I can greet you with the ubiquitous east coast.."come away in...you'll have had yer dinner". Yes, English friends, they really do!

7 Feb, 2014

 

Wonderful suggestions and thank you for introducing me to Taylors. Arabella is lovely and it must look fantastic through Silver Queen. Its decision time!
I never believed they really say ...you'll have had your dinner... Honest?

7 Feb, 2014

 

lol! :)) I am now racking my brains to see if I actually have heard that, or if it was only on the telly.....:))

7 Feb, 2014

 

S'true.
They won't open the door to visitors, unless it's half-past a meal. ;-)

8 Feb, 2014

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