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Tatty Heathers corner to Pretty Heuchera Corner

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A quick update from my last blog on the progress at the back right corner of the front garden (looking from the house).

This is what it looked like just after I started work on it. Full of old neglected heathers, dead shrubs and a few rocks and dwarf rhodies.

…and by the end of the day….

Today I added a few more rocks for access, and planted a lot of my Heucheras and some baby Hellebores. I also moved a few things around and planted a larger Rhody on the right hand side.

The shrub with green stems on the left is Leycesteria ‘Golden Bells’ and there is going to be a Cotoneaster exburiensis to the right of that, to screen the view of my neighbours’ garages and caravan. It’s an excellent evergreen large shrub/small tree with flowers in late spring and golden berries through the winter. The bees absolutely love it, so it’s a must really, for my garden here.

I think all that it needs now is a few little clumps of narcissus ‘tete a tete’ or similar for some spring colour and then it will be finished and I can move on to another area. :)

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Very nice Karen it turned out a really nice subunit day.

I popped over to Glendoick and bought a dwarf rhode

RH Praecox.

A nice purple.
Yes lots of tete a tĂȘts would look great.

2 Feb, 2014

 

wow what an amazing transformation! You are brilliant at this sort of thing Karen!

2 Feb, 2014

 

Hi Karen ..
that's looking very pretty ....
well done :o)

2 Feb, 2014

 

Thats going to look lovely in the summer Karen ! You are getting on really well now !
Update on widening borders ! I've done them ! Not quite as wide as I intended, but I will keep pinching a bit now and then, like your Mum suggested ! But at least I can have a small herbaceous border now !

2 Feb, 2014

 

Looking really good Karen! I love little tete a tetes. I often buy them in pots to enjoy in the house, then when they've finished flowering, I plant them out into the garden, to enjoy in subsequent years.
I do wish you'd slow down though Karen, you're making me look very lazy lol!

2 Feb, 2014

 

Hi Karen, "finished"? I presume you mean that's it for now, you've done a good job there, and looks a lot better, but finished !!!, we'll see, lol, Derek.

2 Feb, 2014

 

looking good Karen. like you I'm not fond of heathers but I love heucheras and they will be lovely in that corner .
a few wee tete a tete daffies and it will job done [for a wee while anyway] lol

2 Feb, 2014

 

Some crocus too but maybe not as rabbits love crocus.

2 Feb, 2014

 

Well done it looks great

2 Feb, 2014

 

Thanks everyone!

Derek, there's so much to do! I'm going to have to accept that it's 'finished'.....for now! ;)

Nice work Rose..can't wait to see your border!

2 Feb, 2014

 

Yes I did smile at 'That's all it needs'!
My garden and the beloved clay are so wet there is no chance of doing anything out side just yet so I am just watching you xxx

2 Feb, 2014

 

That's quite ok Annie..keep watching. I am having a day of today though. coffee and GC this morning, and dog walking this afternoon. We actually have sunshine today! Whoop!

3 Feb, 2014

 

It looks great Karen, such a big improvement. Love it :O) Enjoy your day off :O)

3 Feb, 2014

 

Certainly see a difference Karen,will look pretty with spring bulbs mingling amongst them, I must admit I do like Heathers myself but agree that if left they can become leggy and unsightly.
I noticed the hedging around your garden, are you going to have to put wiring against it so Molly cannot get through the bottom or is that the front garden and she is not allowed to accompany you....

3 Feb, 2014

 

a job well done there.

there are some lovely mini daffs in all differing shades of yellow. consider those too.

3 Feb, 2014

 

Lincslass, it is a problem. At the moment she is not allowed out unsupervised, and only at the back. Eventually we will get wire, but as we have no gate, it is pointless putting wire up just yet.

3 Feb, 2014

 

Thanks SBG. Tete a tete are my favourite mini daffs. I also like the paler ones but they are trickier to get in flower...will have to wait until autumn and get some bulbs!

3 Feb, 2014

 

What an improvement, you have worked hard. Look forward to seeing a photo later in the year.

3 Feb, 2014

 

Another 'work in progress' for another day. Lol.
A vast improvement anyway, Karen.

3 Feb, 2014

 

Thank you both! And this afternoon I added some tete a tete daffs, so even better now!

3 Feb, 2014

 

Its a huge area to sort out then Karen, I know that smaller terriers always seem to be more adept at finding the escape routes and you'd hate anything to happen to her, in a way you picked the right time to move then, as our pets don't have the freedom of open doors in the wintertime.

3 Feb, 2014

 

Oh yes, it's a challenge for sure, but she has never been a dog that's allowed free run of the garden, so she's used to being restricted.

3 Feb, 2014

 

Thanks Karen and Rick isn't having fits over the loss of his precious lawn ! lol. In fact , he's quite pleased with it !

4 Feb, 2014

 

Great job Karen! You are really starting to transform your new garden, and I know you must be enjoying the challenges it throws up! It is nice to put your own stamp on it as it were isn't it? Will be following your updates my friend..\0/x

4 Feb, 2014

 

Flori, I've just emailed you...but from my personal address this time, so look out for yet another email address in your inbox!

4 Feb, 2014

 

Rose...phew, what a relief! :)

4 Feb, 2014

 

LOL, received your email ok Karen and sent one back in reply my friend.\0/xxx

4 Feb, 2014

 

Now those are definitely good 'before and after' photos ... well done on clearing so much away ... :o)

4 Feb, 2014

 

Thanks Shirley. I planted the cotoneaster tree today! Brrrrr!

4 Feb, 2014

 

I hope you have staked it too Karen! ... so very windy down here this morning ... :o(

5 Feb, 2014

 

I didn't have a stake Shirley! is am very relieved to say it's still upright. The wind was so strong last night it woke us all up. Is all ok at yours?

5 Feb, 2014

 

Not good down here Karen ... part of the old West Pier (the one that caught fire years ago) at Brighton has collapsed ... one fence panel down our side path has come off and is leaning against neighbour's bungalow and I am watching with baited breath to see if the Plum tree in another neighbour's garden is going to snap off in the gale! It's almost horizontal now ... so I shall be having an indoors day today ... :o(

On the plus side we are not flooded ... :o)

5 Feb, 2014

 

I was worried about you last night Shirley. Stay safe! It's not too bad here now. I've been out and staked the tree and it's fine. It would be tragic if the plum tree goes. You keep well out of the way! :))

5 Feb, 2014

 

Karen, local BBC radio reports Worthing Pier is closed in the gale force 9/10 winds and, can you believe this, people are being advised not to play in the waves!

Lots of problems to the East of Brighton, dangerous building, insecure structure, rocky scaffolding and Sussex is now on Amber alert for heavy rain over the coming three days ... :o(

5 Feb, 2014

 

Better strap yourself in, Shirley...sounds like it's gonna be a bumpy ride!
Hope you come through okay.

5 Feb, 2014

 

Fanx Mouldy ... it's a bit 'Mork & Mindy' darn 'ere today! Enough of the Cockney ... :o)

5 Feb, 2014

 

I hope you've got a good book!

5 Feb, 2014

 

I have been de-cluttering drawers & cupboards ... desperate measures on a non-gardening day ... :o)

5 Feb, 2014

 

It just wouldn't be your garden without a Heuchera corner Karen.

5 Feb, 2014

 

Shirley, it's worse here....I dusted!! :((

Linda, you are so right, and I still have loads in pots!

5 Feb, 2014

 

LOL Karen ... don't you know that a layer of dust protects the wood ... I was told that many years ago!

6 Feb, 2014

 

It starting look really good youll soon have your new garden looking fab :o))

6 Feb, 2014

 

It's Hillbilly, hereabouts.
There must have been a stock clearance on gloves and scarves.
Still the occasional hypothermic nutter swaggering about in a t-shirt, though, so I'm glad standards haven't slipped totally. ;-)

6 Feb, 2014

 

Are you going about in your vest as well Mouldy, the one in your photo?

6 Feb, 2014

 

Well his longjohns have been confiscated so hope his vest is nice and long. still laughing Mouldy :O))

6 Feb, 2014

 

Then my job here is done, Olive. ;-)
I wouldn't have minded but I had a thong on underneath, so it's not as if I was bare... are you paying attention? Lol.

For the first time in my life, Karen, I've been sleeping with the window closed, as I'm freezing all the time, unless I'm parked on a radiator!
One of the thyroidal symptoms.
When I leave the flat it's usually under at least four layers of clothes.
No vest, though.
I'm done with the Bruce Willis look. Lol.

7 Feb, 2014

 

Stop stop stop, that has brought back memories of a man who used to swim where I took my daughter to train early morning. He also wore a thong for swimming in, if you can imagine the kids faces as he exited the pool, they were stopped dead in their tracks, the Coach wondered what on earth had happened. lol. They were all treading water and not doing front crawl as they were supposed to be doing. lol. We were witness to it all sat up on the spectator balcony, not a pretty site I can tell you. Especially my mates jaw, she nearly fell off the balcony her jaw was dropped to her knees. lol. I have never laughed so much at someones reaction for years and year. lol. It was one of those moments you cannot make those moments up. What a laugh we had about her face for days and days. :O)

7 Feb, 2014

 

You laughed about her FACE? Lol! Lol!

7 Feb, 2014

 

lol it wasn't just her face either, the whole pool was nearly brought to a standstill. lol. you can imagine what the boys were saying to the girls, we had such a laugh and I shall never forget it. I wonder if my friend Joy can remember it still. Ah the memories. Lots of laughs even at early morning training. Thank goodness I do not have that to do anymore. lol. All good fun. :O)
ps it was in a public pool and there were lots of others not just the kids. lol. Brave man very brave man. lol.

7 Feb, 2014

 

Bet you'll never forget HIS cheeky smile, Olive! Lol.

7 Feb, 2014

 

Never ever!! lol

7 Feb, 2014

 

Very handy, should you need to park a bicycle, though. =-O
What?
I can't help the way my mind goes off on a tandem, sorry, I meant tangent. ;-)

8 Feb, 2014

 

lol :O) still giggling Mouldy :O)

8 Feb, 2014

 

I tried to be serious, many years ago.
What a laugh that was! ;-)

9 Feb, 2014

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