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Central Raised Border

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The large raised border was already here when we moved in. Here’s what it looked like a few years ago (taken from Google Earth).

Between that photo, and us moving in, a few things had become overgrown, and other things had died off altogether. So when we came, I removed most of what was in there. I split and replanted the herbaceous plants. And I planted some of what I had brought with me from the old garden, with a view to creating a space where I could enjoy colourful herbaceous perennials, but also keep some shrubs for winter interest and structure.

These photos were taken on 30th October 2013, just three days after we moved in. The planting was ‘heavy’ with shrubs and provided some privacy as our house faces a road (although there are not many pedestrian passers by, just neighbours really). The mahogany coloured small tree is actually a dead Hawthorn and the largest tree turned out to be a Sorbus which never had any fruit and created a lot of shade around it on the lawn.

The bed is edged with old conifer logs that have been bolted together with huge metal pins. Unfortunately, conifer logs aren’t very long lasting, so they are already quite rotten, and something (I now think Crows) regularly pulls off huge pieces of the bark to get at the insects living underneath.

We decided to try to live with it for now as it still has life left in it and it’s a good shape and size for the space. But I wanted to pretty it up a little using ivy and other trailing plants. Obviously I have to keep a sharp eye on the ivy and cut it back regularly, but it is an effective way to quickly add some pretty evergreen decoration to the ugly rotting bark.

During the clear-out I discovered that the bed hadn’t been filled with our beautiful black loam that we have in the fields and the rest of our garden here, but rather it had been filled with imported clay..the sub soil in this area. The surface was shiny all winter as the water lay on top of the borders. Yuck! so I bought bags of sharp sand and dug that in. It still needs work, but the next step will be a thick bark mulch.

Anyway, here’s what it looks like now….

Its not ‘done’ yet. It needs time and more work. There are thing that don’t look great. But this has been a big challenge for me. I’ve never had a big ‘Island Bed’ before. It can be seen from all angles and you can walk all the way around it. So it’s quite different from a border up against a boundary, and it’s on quite a big scale for me too.

Much more ‘me’. :)

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It is beautiful Karen. What a transformation!

19 Sep, 2015

bjs
Bjs
 

Brilliant job wish I still had your energy have a few areas that need a good clear out.

20 Sep, 2015

 

A beautiful transformation full of color and texture. Amazing how it changes throughout the seasons.

20 Sep, 2015

 

Thank you all very much! Brian, I have a lot less energy this year. The excitement of actually moving here carried me through the first year! I'm wrecked now ;)

20 Sep, 2015

 

It looks amazing.. you must be delighted

20 Sep, 2015

 

You've done a great job there Karen, conquering a tricky area. Crows are a menace here too - they tear at the 'hoop holes' on our local croquet lawn, and cause a lot of frustrating damage. If you ever find a way to deter them, do let me know!

20 Sep, 2015

 

You have worked your magic touch on this new challenge. It is looking beautiful and must have taken a lot of thought and hard work.

20 Sep, 2015

 

that's such a transformation love it, much nicer to see the little trailers over the wood edging, you have done a great job with it. :O) Wonder if google have updated their site to show the transformation. lol.

20 Sep, 2015

 

No Mum, they have not! I wonder how often they take pics....not very by the look of it.

20 Sep, 2015

 

Plenty of colour in it Karen.What is the lovel bright orange plant by the Acer? Maybe a Dahlia??, can't quite make it out viewing photo on my iPad .

20 Sep, 2015

 

Thats the beautiful Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer' Paul...never disappoints. :)

21 Sep, 2015

 

Oh, right, Alstromeria....nice bold colours.

21 Sep, 2015

 

Thats a big improvement Karen ! It definitely is "more you!" It looks amazing !

21 Sep, 2015

 

Thank you Rose x

21 Sep, 2015

 

I love your enthusiasm for your garden Karen, and it shows....but you need some rest. So much was done in short period of time. I hope you will be able to sit back next year and enjoy it all....but maybe not.

22 Sep, 2015

 

Klahanie, you are right. I look back on last year, and am really shocked by the amount of hard work that I did out there. I do need a rest, you're right. That doesn't mean i shall stop working, but the intensity needs to ease off. Its only in the last few weeks that I've started to think a little about my last garden and remember it fondly. And that has coincided with my beginning to enjoy this garden in a way that I haven't done so far. Actually, writing this little blog, and looking back at those photos of what the garden was like less than two years ago have really brought it home to me. The garden is now a place I can rest in and enjoy, not just a huge 'task'. Thank you. :)

22 Sep, 2015

 

Putting in the work is really paying off and how nice to have such a good area to work around with no fences

22 Sep, 2015

 

It looks lovely, Karen. You have certainly put your mark on it, and it is now part of "home", so it is only right that you should be able to relax and enjoy it. I find I have periods of great activity in the garden and then back off a little. This has definitely been a "backing off" year for me. There seem to have been so many other things going on.

25 Sep, 2015

 

Thanks Melchi. I just spent the whole day scrubbing and powerwashing my greenhouse! I quite fancy an easy year next year! But my daughter is buying her first house, and i have been appointed 'head garden designer and contractor' so thats me fully booked for next year now! Lol..actually, I'm excited as its a very small, very private back garden, and I've always fancied doing a little courtyard style space!

25 Sep, 2015

 

More you is right on the money K........a sterling job, so you should be proud of your achievements in such a short time......a well earned rest is whats needed now, your daughters garden will be perfect, a change is as good as a rest, so they say!!

25 Sep, 2015

 

A courtyard garden certainly has its appeal. I bet you'll have fun!

27 Sep, 2015

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