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I spent this morning doing work for the Dental Practice….and I think it is still on my mind! But we have been here now for over six months, so I thought I’d do a wee tour of the garden. Then we will be able to see the difference when the summer eventually comes.

Herb Garden…

Wildflower Garden…

Shady Path…

The Central Raised Beds. The higher part is for hot colours, the lower for cooler colours. We’ll see how that goes, bearing in mind I had to guess what all the perennials were, and I already know the hot colours bed is full of blue Eryngiums!

The Heuchera corner, with mini bluebell woodland at the back and some dwarf Rhodies. The only thing that isn’t thriving there, under the pear tree is….the Heucheras!

The De-constructed Rockery. This border is going to be MUCH deeper and full of medium sized shrubs and a few small trees…A lot with evergreen golden foliage for winter interest. But digging up all that turf is going to be very hard work.

The corner at the gates….walls almost finished now! This corner will sweep out to meet the wall pillar. It already has three tiny saplings of Silver Birch, some Hostas and a few evergreens.

The other corner area where the greenhouse will be. Another plum tree, bluebells, Cowslips, Strawberries, blueberries and wildflower seeds just germinating now.

This is the sunny bed. South facing and planted up with evergreen and deciduous shrubs and some nice Iris etc.

This is my arch, planted with Rose, honeysuckle and two Clematis. The Honeysuckle is evergreen and has really taken off. I brought it with me in a pot from the other house.

This is the South Facing Patio. The plan is to have pots of scented leaf pelargoniums, and a few other scented plants on here with the water feature. In fact they are all there already, I’m just waiting for them to grow!

And this is my North Facing back garden..well, part of it. This part is mainly ferns and Hostas. I am still working on it. It needs more height. I’m considering various options including downy birches, Amelanchier etc. Deep shade all winter, but actually surprisingly sunny in the summer time.

This is just a picture of some pretty planting in the patio bed.

This is my mint patch. Hiding away in the bin corner, behind the wood store there was this area with stony dry soil. It will soon be full of lovely mint for my new potatoes and Pimms Cocktails!

And lastly, at the front door, I have my four turqoise clay pots with dark leaved Heucheras in them. This one is called ‘Crimson Curls’.

There’s a lot of growth about to happen…lets see what it all looks like in July!

P.S. Forgot to add pics of the ‘rolling hills’ ! Added two Sambucus today, so here are the pics of the Rolling Hills. This is my miniature woodland. Planted with Two Crab apples, two conifers and a Gingko, autumn flowering cherry and two Sambucus. :)

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Karen you have such foresight, Im really going to enjoy watching all your plans come into fruitaion, so many adventurous and good ideas;0))

17 May, 2014

 

Just a little remedial work but hopefully no extractions!
The clean and polish has made such a difference.... :0))

18 May, 2014

 

That is a garden now chocful with promise and loveliness, good idea for future reference, i love looking back to see what's been achieved. I will add to favs to check how things are developing if only to pinch a few of your ideas when my garden takes off again. ;-)) the heuchera inthe turquoise pot looks lovely. Re your mint in shady corner, my mint popped up in the most stony, dry n hot sunbaked place in my prev garden, on a bank, never got water and flourished. How adaptable can some plants be, gardening is just a never ending adventure.

18 May, 2014

 

Your garden is coming along nicely karen... have enjoyed watching it all coming together.

18 May, 2014

 

My, what a lot you've achieved in six months . . . looking good, Karen, you are obviously very happy with your lovely spacious garden!

18 May, 2014

 

I'm always impressed by those who actually sit down and plan a garden. When we moved here, 19 years ago the back garden boasted 2 apple and two plum trees, a lilac, a berberis, an ornamental cherry and an elderberry tree and nothing much else really. I remember going straight into the garden on removal day and setting my Dad to work at once on creating borders, into which I immediately planted the various plants which had accompanied us from the previous house. We were having a heatwave at the time, so it was just a case of getting things into the ground asap. From there, the garden has just evolved as I'm forever falling in love with some new plant or other which usually ends up going into some spot which was supposedly reserved for something entirely different. Far too impulsive, I'm afraid, which is doubtless why when I go garden-visiting to lovely well-thought-out gardens such as yours, I am invariably heard asking, 'Why doesn't my garden look like this?' Yours is going to be fabulous, and I love the turquoise pots!

18 May, 2014

 

Karen I do so admire you spirit, you just go for it and the end result is always a pleasure to look at as I`m sure all your new beds and borders will be ... so looking forward to seeing as they thrive and grow.

18 May, 2014

 

It is all so promising - just waiting to burst forth. How exciting! I am green with envy at your hostas. I only seem to be able to keep them in pots - they are eaten to bits otherwise. So lovely, though. I am so looking forward to seeing photos later on ;-)

By the way, do add some borage to your mint corner for the Pimms!

18 May, 2014

 

It's looking gorgeous Karen. You've certainly got the touch when it comes to designing and planting your space. If I can get mine looking half as good as yours I'll be really pleased with myself.

Looking forward to seeing what you do next :-)

18 May, 2014

 

Wow! What a lot of wonderful comments. I shall answer all of you, but first please take a look at the last two pics I just added of the 'Rolling Hills' which I forgot to add yesterday!

Now, Sam, I'm sure you will achieve some great results, because you love your garden! Thank you for your kindness!

Melchi, the Hostas are ok so far. I've seen some snails, but not too many slugs so far...time will tell though! As for the Borage, I scattered seed in the patio bed and a few have germinated. I just love Borage, and so do the bees of course! Thank you so much!

Stoller, I have gone mad. My Visa is groaning under the weight of all the plants on it!! lol! But I have never had any patience. I've been planting like mad ever since we got here! Thank you! :))

Steve, the now infamous tree is definitely a Rowan of some kind. My tree nursery friend says he will ID it for me in the autumn when the fruits are developed. It's too hard to tell before then. I'm quite hopeful it will be Joseph Rock...I love that one! :)) I was going to buy one for here...time will tell. As for the honeysuckle and rose. I would have thought that if your arch is a good size and you can put one on one side and tother on tother side, you'd be fine. That's what I've done. The evergreen honeysuckle is slightly less hardy and therefore not quite so vigorous here. Might be an idea......:)

Carole, thank you! I look forward to sending you some pics in July/August when it's all really taking off. :) xx

Tuesdaybear, your experience is not that dissimilar to mine. I planted all the stuff I brought with me within about a week (well, most of it anyway). I'm sure a lot will be moved about later, but so far everything is doing ok. Thank you so much for your kind comments. :) p.s. I am just as impulsive as you....oh yes! :))

Sheila, I am thrilled...I am like a pig in muck as they say!! Thank you! :))

Holly, thanks so much. I am so glad you are enjoying watching it all grow. Sometimes I think you must all be bored silly with my gardens!!

Resi, you are too kind. What lovely remarks! As for the mint...well, tbh, the spot it's in isn't that shady. Mint does like sun doesn't it! I just thought it would be a good 'out of the way' place, where it can grow as much as it wants without me getting anxious about it invading the borders! I bet that won't stop it invading the borders though! :))

Pam...you are witty! :)) I wouldn't say we are quite polished yet. There have been a lot of extractions, but I think the wounds are almost fully healed! ;))

18 May, 2014

 

The rolling hills are wonderful, Karen. How you must love your views! I'm sure none of us is bored with your garden; quite the opposite, it's fascinating to watch something develop.

18 May, 2014

 

:) Thanks, and yes, my views are fabulous all around. We do have a quarry directly behind us at the top of the hill at the back, but it's not too much of an eyesore, and it means we get gritted first in the winter as the Council store their grit there!

18 May, 2014

 

Every cloud...

18 May, 2014

 

We have fabous views and the best setti g but can hear the A19 when wind is from the east :~(( In our last house in france everything was just fantastic but we were next door to the local water tower, i never posted that in my pics.. Lol. We always got our electricity back first though when there were cuts...very frequent. Just enjoy your beautiful garden and views. Yes compromise and clouds melchi!

19 May, 2014

 

Love the view of the hills x

19 May, 2014

 

I didn't realise it was 6 months already Karen ! I can't believe how much you've done in that time ! It looks brilliant. What did you decide to do about those logs then ?
That view is amazing !

19 May, 2014

 

..nothing, for the moment Rose. The damage has stopped, so we'll just let them decompose naturally for a year or two, and by then I will have decided no doubt! It is a pity, as I do love the raised borders. The shape and size of that area is great.

19 May, 2014

 

Don't know how I missed this... Better late than never!
You've made a huge difference already. The pair of you have worked your socks off.
All of it seems to 'work' and provided you are happy (for now anyway) that's what matters.

22 May, 2014

 

Thanks Angie. At Chelsea yesterday....realised I need several more thousands of pounds for plants! Lol!

24 May, 2014

 

Several thousand? You're cutting back then ;)

24 May, 2014

 

Lol!

25 May, 2014

 

It's all coming to plan :-) Karen, on the shady path pic with Molly, what are the two big leaved plants you have in there?

27 May, 2014

 

Lovely photo Dawn! Thanks, they are Tetrapanax papyrifera T.Rex, and a bog standard Rhubarb. I have three of the T.Rex in there, so it will be a real jungle eventually! :)

27 May, 2014

 

Hi Karen, thanks on both counts.
I just love big leaved perennials, going to look T Rex up now, just hope its hardy?

28 May, 2014

 

Yup! Amazingly ,it is!

28 May, 2014

 

Burncoose saying to -5, might be a bit risky here :(. Need to move nearer to the sea like you Karen.

29 May, 2014

 

That's interesting, as when I bought it, I read -15 Dawn.

29 May, 2014

 

You can never trust labels and website's can you.

30 May, 2014

 

No, you're right. Try it, in a sheltered spot!

30 May, 2014

 

will do x

30 May, 2014

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