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Inspired by Crathes Castle Gardens...my 'Golden Border'

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Last year, you might remember, Kath and I accompanied the rest of Glamis Castle gardening staff to Crathes Castle. I was just so taken with the Golden Garden there. It affected me so much. I felt my spirits lifting as soon as we entered it, and I really didn’t want to leave.

So, I thought I really ought to take some of that in to my own garden…but no room! So…when we moved here I remembered my love of that garden and decided to introduce the golden theme to my border right at the road end of the garden in front of the hedge.

I’ve started to dig out the turf now and have been planting and moving shrubs etc. to create the effect I want. I’ve planted two roses so far, a ground cover rose, ‘Flower Carpet Gold’ as they are so reliable…and one I saw at Chelsea ‘Simple Gold’. There are plenty of evergreens, so the effect will last all year around.

I hope you like the effect…early days yet, but I am so pleased with my efforts so far, and for once in my life, I haven’t overcrowded the shrubs!

This is tomorrow’s bit waiting to be tackled!

I hope some of you had lovely weather like us today, I know not everyone did, but your turn will come! :) Karen

DAY 2

Half way now!

The remaining half!

Plant List:

Abelia Grandiflora ‘Kaleidoscope’ (semi-evergreen)
Abelia grandiflora ‘Goldsport’ (semi-evergreen)
Acer Shirasawanum ‘Jordan’
Acer ‘Orange Dream’
Acer ‘Osakazuki’
Aquilegia ‘Sunshine’
Aucuba japonica (var unknown) spotted laurel (evergreen)
Aucuba ‘Golden King’ -Spotted Laurel (evergreen)
Berberis buxifolia ‘Nana’ (Evergreen)
Betula utilis ‘Silver Shadow’
Carex elata ‘Aurea’ (Evergreen)
Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Summer Sorbet’
Chamaecyparis Lawsoniana ‘Silver Threads’ (Evergreen)
Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Filifera Aurea’ (Evergreen)
Chiastophyllum oppositifolium
Choisya ‘Aztec Gold’ (Evergreen)
Coreopsis ‘Creme Brulee’
Cornus Mas ‘Aurea’
Cotinus Coggyria ‘Golden Spirit’
Cytisus Battandieri – Pineapple Broom (Semi-Evergreen)
Cytisus praecox
Erica arborea ’Albert’s Gold’ (Evergreen Tree Heath)
Escallonia laevis ‘Gold Ellen’ (Evergreen)
Euonymus ‘Emerald ’N’ Gold’ (Evergreen)
Euphorbia oblongata (Evergreen)
Euonymus japonica picta ‘Luna’ (Evergreen)
Euonymus japonicus ‘Ovatus Aureus’ (Evergreen)
Euonymus (mini standard, var. unknown)(Evergreen)
Fuchsia ‘Genii’
Geum ‘Lady Stratheden’
Griselinia littoralis variegata (Evergreen)
Halimium Libanotis (Evergreen)
Hebe (variegated, var unknown) (Evergreen)
Hedera colchica ‘Sulphur Heart’
Hosta ‘June’
Hosta ‘Gypsy Rose’
Hosta ‘Gold Standard’
Hosta (Green with Gold Edge) var. unknown
Hypericum ‘Little Mystery’ (Semi-Evergreen)
Ilex altaclerensis ‘Golden King’ (Evergreen)
Leycesteria formosana ‘Golden Lanterns’ (Semi-Evergreen)
Magnolia stellata
Mahonia eurybracteata ‘Soft Caress’ (Evergreen)
Mahonia media ‘Charity’ (Evergreen, winter flowering)
Philadelphus coronarius ‘Aureus’
Physocarpus opulifolius ’Dart’s Gold’
Picea abies ‘Remontii’ (Evergreen)
Pieris (var. unknown) (Evergreen)
Potentilla aurea
Rhododendron morii maculifera (Evergreen)
Rosa ‘Charlotte’
Rosa ‘Simple Gold’
Rosa ‘Flower Carpet Yellow’
Sambucus ‘Sutherland Gold’
Trollius europaeus
Verbascum ‘Gainsborough’
Viburnum cinnamomifolium (Evergreen)
Weigela ‘Briant Rubidor’

DAY 3

3/4 of the way across the border now, and just with plants I’ve moved from elsewhere in the garden. As you can see, the Berberis Darwinii is no more and I also removed one of the huge white edged Hostas and a big old wild Rose. The other Hosta will also be coming out, but I’ve split and saved all of the first one, and will probably do the same again as I might need them later. If not, they can be given away to friends.

So, here we are, several days on, and not much more progress has been made. But a bit has…so here are some pictures. I am laid low with a virus, so most of the work I’ve done this weekend has been internet shopping for plants to complete the planting in this border. But thankfully it has rained hard at night, so no need for me to get the hose out.

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That looks really good Karen, well done you. Looking forward to see it in a few weeks time.

31 May, 2014

 

That is going to be lovely, Karen. It is always good to be able to recreate a place that has had a positive influence. Alan Titchmarsh once said - perhaps more than once (!) - that we try to recreate our childhood landscapes in our gardens, and I think that is very often true. (I've said that before, as well!)

It has been a glorious day here today - a lovely afternoon spent in the garden (some of it gardening!). We were in Harrogate yesterday - grey, but warm at least (it's been quite cold here for a while).

The forecast for next week looks singularly depressing...

31 May, 2014

 

Like the idea very much, K.Might copy you, yet again!!! Also thinking about the Edge and Shear!.

31 May, 2014

 

Go for it J. The shear is great, especially the small tool attachment. It's not so powerful with the larger one, but would be fine for light trimming topiary.

Thanks everyone, it's been hard work this afternoon, but I find that as long as I have the plants waiting to be planted, I'll get the work done. No plants...no work! ;)

31 May, 2014

 

Thanks K.x....Plants awaiting are a great encouragement.

31 May, 2014

 

That looks really good Karen, much better than that bit of rockery jutting out. How hard work that is taking out grass, must have been tiring. I am the same though if the plants need a home then the grass has to go. lol. Lovely job well done!

31 May, 2014

 

Thank you! Forecast for tomorrow is good, so I might get more than half way across with a bit of luck and if the back holds out!

31 May, 2014

 

Remember to stretch before and after and your back should hold up. I am much better for stretching out its amazing how it helps. Hope the sun shines for you, bit chilly down here. Home early from cricket, the team were all out for 33 and the opposition knocked them off no with no problems. lol. Not gone to pub, went out last night with Sue and Phil celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary. Anita and her girlfriends were all out too so we had a good catch up. Forecast not good for next week so tomorrow I am going to cut the grass, which is growing like crazy. The roses are coming out now, some are being spoiled by the rain but some are beautiful and the perfume on some is stunning. Crimson Glory is amazing as is Gerty, and Rosa de Rescht. Love them all. :O)

31 May, 2014

 

I'm still waiting for my first Rose to flower....the buds are almost out now! I'm hoping that by focusing more on the single flowered ones, I might help the Bees and also suffer less with the rain. The really double ones just go to mush don't they...but I do love my Roses! I counted this morning, and I have ten in the patio border now! The latest one was one we saw at Chelsea, Scott loved it and I'd already espied it on the telly and thought 'must have that one'. It's called 'Simple Peach' from Harkness. You'll love it because it is so bright! It almost shines.

31 May, 2014

 

Hard work getting turf up, isnt it Karen. You're like me, once you get the bit between your teeth, there's no stopping you. It's all going to look absolutely brilliant and your efforts will pay off coupled with your plant knowledge, going to be perfect.

31 May, 2014

 

What shrubs have you planted in your golden border Karen? I can recommend cotinus 'Golden Spirit' which keeps its colour in shade. You prune it within one or two buds of the old growth in spring each year to keep it compact.

31 May, 2014

 

Lovely border and I bet it will look sensational once it's "grown in "

31 May, 2014

 

Andrew, you've reminded me I need a Cotinus golden spirit. :-)

31 May, 2014

 

Yes, I have that Cotinus, but it's not doing too well so far. I think I'll be moving it nearer to the front tomorrow. I'll add a plant list to this blog in time....I'm just writing my Chelsea Blog and it's taking me all evening!

31 May, 2014

 

Another nice one is a golden leaved fastigiate berberis and naturally I can't remember the name. It would look very much at home there. It seems to be a bit more compact then Helmond Pillar but I don't know if it gets laxer when it gets bigger.

31 May, 2014

 

It all looks great so far and is really going to be fabulous when it matures. I can see why you loved it at Crathes so much. Good luck for tomorrow - have the radox handy ;)

31 May, 2014

 

Thanks Steragram...I will look that up.

1 Jun, 2014

 

Thanks Dawn! Shrub borders do take a few years don't they!

1 Jun, 2014

 

What a gorgeous border that's going to be Karen. Such hard work lifting all that turf but definitely worth the effort you have put in. Isn't it a great feeling when you stand back and see the results.

1 Jun, 2014

 

Thanks so much Homebird...yes! It will be! When it's finished...still a lot of turf to lift! been out there since 6am so having a rest now!

1 Jun, 2014

 

Lots of hard but rewarding work Karen. A really uplifting greeting for callers your garden and house too. The Crathes garden looks lovely. My garden seems to be a bit pink in places at the moment. A really beautiful day yesterday here too. We just sat and enjoyed the garden and the birdsong.

2 Jun, 2014

 

Excellent Dorjac! Showery and heavy cloud here today.

2 Jun, 2014

 

Crikey! What a difference a day or two makes Karen. It looks even better now. Great plant list - watch that Mahonia Soft Caress - it hates the wind! Mine look blooming awful!
I meant to ask before - you don't happen to know the name of the Ligularia in the Crathes picture do you?

3 Jun, 2014

 

It looks very like Ligularia dentata 'Desdemona' Angie. Thanks! Got some more plants in today, a local nursery is doing 3 for a tenner on shrubs, and they had some good ones...they must have seen me coming! ;)

3 Jun, 2014

 

Thanks - I have Desdemona but still young and still a bit more purple. It will be interesting to see if it changes to look like this one.

3 Jun, 2014

 

Perhaps there is another var that I don't know, that's like Desdemona, but different then! :)) It does look quite compact and very lovely doesn't it.

4 Jun, 2014

 

How do they stop the snails and slugs devouring the ligularia, nightmare here.

4 Jun, 2014

 

Yes, I know Dawn. Mine were shredded!

4 Jun, 2014

 

Fantastic, Karen! Love the gates, by the way!

4 Jun, 2014

 

Thanks Melchi, we are very pleased with them. They make such a difference, and were necessary for the Dogs of course.

4 Jun, 2014

 

My daughter and s-i-l have to get gates for their garden too, because grandson is now well and truly up and running! They had someone come to look a couple of days ago, and are beginning to get estimates. Not cheap, are they?!

4 Jun, 2014

 

Nope...they are not. We bought the gates from Cannock...but in their sale. By the time we had the wall built and all the joinery and electrics done.....nope, certainly not cheap! But the sales are worth waiting for...about a third off in mid winter (think it was Feb.)

4 Jun, 2014

 

I'm sure they'll shop around. It's a big outlay, but only once, I hope. And indispensable.

4 Jun, 2014

 

Yes, that's how you need to see it. It's worth the money for the security and privacy.

4 Jun, 2014

 

Wonderful, love the choice of plants you have used, as you know we have a yellow border and it always looks good, especially in the spring, we have a large yellow Phormium in ours, but I dont expect you want to mix exotic plants with traditional.......will you put in any yellow conifers?
Your border is going to be fantastic in a couple of years time, you cannot beat a long border, good thinking K....

4 Jun, 2014

 

There are two conifers in there A. One yellow and one green with yellow tips. I'm really looking forward to watching it develop. It's already brightened up my garden a lot! Now I'm looking for flowering plants. I've ordered a yellow hemerocallis and three yellow foxgloves. I may also have a few yellow coreopsis or similar...nothing too big though. I'm particularly thrilled to have stumbled upon the golden form of Cornus Mas in my local GC. It was one of my favourite plants in my old garden...the normal green one though.

5 Jun, 2014

 

I hope you'll post pics of the foxgloves, Karen. I've never seen yellow ones - in fact, I didn't know there were any! Just the cream "Camelot" ones.

5 Jun, 2014

 

That are digitalis grandiflora Melchi. native to Southern Europe.

5 Jun, 2014

 

They sound intriguing!

5 Jun, 2014

 

I love this already Karen! There's something about golden foliage that just lifts the spirits, if you know what I mean. I saw a wonderful grass on the Isle of Wight last week, in Mottistone Manor gardens, called Libertia 'Gold Leaf' ... another to add to your border perhaps? :o)

7 Jun, 2014

 

I've just ordered a grass....six of it...it's a stunner! Let me see what it's called again....Carex elata 'Aurea'. You can't beat a good Carex! :)) I'll look yours up too though! Footie on the telly, so what's a girl to do but shop for plants on tinternet!

7 Jun, 2014

 

Nice Shirley! Yes, it really does lift my spirits, and hopefully it will be bright all through the winter!

7 Jun, 2014

 

That really is a lovely Carex ... excellent choice! OH loved that Libertia ... so I shall be on the lookout for one soon. :o)

7 Jun, 2014

 

I think it will be happier with you than up here! ;)

8 Jun, 2014

 

Already looking exceedingly golden Karen, really should be spectacular. Its good when you get abrilliant idea from visiting a garden and then can carry it through so soon afterwards. Some colours sort of glow on a dull, even dreary day. Is that a Veronicastrum I can see in the last 2 photos? Near the hedge.

8 Jun, 2014

 

Ah, now, I keep meaning to ask f anyone knows what that it! All I can tell you is it is sure to have blue flowers! As the previous owner loved blue flowers, and everything I've inherited so far has been blue! :))

8 Jun, 2014

 

Veronicastrum is a sort of mauvy blue or whitish, opposite on the colour circle to yellow. The leaves remind me of that plant the naughty people grow indoors and smoke the leaves later. Your Veronicastrum (if it is one) looks quite humble compared to mine which towers over the garden. A question of scale I think Karen.

9 Jun, 2014

 

Veronicastrum is the strange looking plant I didn't know what it was last year. It is definitely veronicastrum spires of purply pink on mine. I am pleased I have it, hope if this of yours is the same that mine gets to be as big as yours is. lol :O)

9 Jun, 2014

 

Oh yes!!! I remember now! I KNEW I'd seen it somewhere before. The leaves are a bit 'weed' like aren't they! Well, let's see what colour it turns out to be. I'll be go smacked if it's not blue! Lol! Even though veronicastrum doesn't seem to come in blue! ;) lovely morning here, but raining quite hard now.

9 Jun, 2014

 

Karen just posted a Blog have a look, we are still getting downpours but it has eased considerably, its flooded all around the house and pouring out of the gutters. Water in the shed out the back just been round and lifted the dog food out of three inches of water. Paul is going to get quite a shock when he sees it later on. oops. :O(

9 Jun, 2014

 

Just looked through this again and I have to say the most satisfying thing about gardening for me is cutting out new curvy edges for borders! I wonder if I could get a job doing just that? :o))x

17 Jun, 2014

 

Annie 'The Curvy Cutter' ;))

17 Jun, 2014

 

Lol....printed on the side of your white van....in Mattel Pink! ;))

17 Jun, 2014

 

Lol yes!!

18 Jun, 2014

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