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What a blessing it has been to have such a fabulous week of warm weather this far north. After the summer we never had, it was medicine for our hearts.

Molly and Willow have also enjoyed themselves. They have both had serious health issues lately, with Willow hurting her back and having to take strong medicine, and Molly suffering from an auto-immune problem. But now they are both back to full health and we took them both right around the country park this morning.

Here’s Molly posing on the Patio which is now all winter ready.

This beautiful Climbing Rose has been slow to get established, but it has to compete with the tree roots and I find climbers generally take a lot longer to establish than shrubs. It is called ‘Sunrise’.

This year’s main project has been the Pond. And it looked lovely today. A little visitor was enjoying it very much too…

Another project was the start of developing the edge of the garden that meets the drive. I want to develp this area so that it distracts the eve from parked cars and forms a proper boundary.

At the front of this photo the Euonymus alata and Malus ‘Evereste’ are displaying lovely autumnal shades.

And on this side you can see where I have started to dig out the turf to make similar borders. Over the winter I hope to finish this job and plant some more roses etc. in there. The bones of the planting is already provided by the evergreens etc.

Last year’s biggest project was the Golden Border. All that turf removal, massive rockery stones shifted and all those plants put in. This year I have only had to weed, move a few things and watch it develop. It now looks great from both ends…

And another big project from last year…the Pod planting. Again, it has just been a case of moving a few things, adding a couple of things, and watching it grow. At the moment, the Aster ‘Lady in Black’ is getting ready to flower. The foliage is fantastically frothy too.

This year I sorted out the path behind the raised beds, and laid bark chips down to keep our feet clean and make access easier. It also means we now have a lovely access route from which to view the plants at the back of the border and on the bank under the hedge (which is made from turves lifted from the Golden Border area).

Around the back today I was loving the white flowers….

And my new Camellia ‘Yuletide’…

…and while I was snapping it, I noticed that there were two lovely Anemone flowers behind in the border…

Actually, this little area has been giving me such a lot of pleasure since the Saxifraga made it’s appearance in Summer. Its the first area of the garden that really looks ‘mature’ and ‘mingled’. I love the different textures and contrasting greens.

And while I was sitting on the Patio enjoying the sun, I noticed this little ‘ensemble’. There’s the lovely Erigeron at patio level, the highly scented rose ‘Chartreuse De Parme’ at eye level and in the distance you can see the fruit of the Crab Apple ‘John Downie’.

And finally…the roses right in front of where I was sitting on the bench…

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It all looks pretty amazing Karen, really really pretty.:O)

2 Oct, 2015

 

You have worked so hard on your garden. It is looking fabulous.

2 Oct, 2015

 

Thank you both. I'm enjoying it so much. Wish this weather would last a bit longer....

2 Oct, 2015

 

What a lovely week it has been, and such a treat. Your garden looks lovely, Karen - so mature after such a comparatively short time.

2 Oct, 2015

 

Nobody would believe its all happened in just a year - you've worked so hard.

2 Oct, 2015

 

Wow...I am so impressed with your garden, absolutely stunning and straight into favourites. Lots to inspire me here.
Any chance of you considering doing an open day garden in the future??
Love the heuchera corner, I never understood the attraction but I think I'm beginning to get it.
Noticed your camillia Yuletide popping up!

2 Oct, 2015

 

Its glowing in the sunshine Karen and like you I think we are all really enjoying the lovely autumn, Mother Nature has redeemed herself hasn't she, one could say about time too, lol.....

2 Oct, 2015

 

Thank you all very much. No, there wont be an open garden day Resi. Mainly because there is nowhere for cars to park safely nearby. But my garden is on full view to any passers by! And I have thought about opening it up to small groups by arrangement. I need to get on to the powers that be about that. Thanks for the reminder. :) Yes Linslass...she has redeemed herself to some extent, but I wont forget this year. It will go down as the worst summer of my life....so far! Jings....who knows what we'll get next year eh? .....:/ Thanks Melchi and Stera. We will have been here 2 years on 27th of this month. :)

3 Oct, 2015

 

I am with you on that one Karen, my daughter took great delight in removing my appointments timetable from our fridge door this morning, its now in the bin and hopefully never to be seen again..
Those two years have flown by, I can picture in my mind the first photo's you showed us, it doesn't seem possible to have achieved so much, all down to your determination and hard graft from yourself and Hubby....

3 Oct, 2015

 

Its a delight Karen xxx

3 Oct, 2015

 

Thank you Pam...and LL :)

3 Oct, 2015

 

Can I just clarify...for myself really...that when I described this summer as the worst in my life so far...I really was only talking of the weather! 2015 has been a challenging, but a very good year for me so far, and I know that will continue as the months pass. And life isn't about the weather...after all...the plants still grow, and flower and rest how ever much it rains. And some suffer if its too dry and hot whereas some suffer if its cold and wet. Thats gardening! But life itself is all about love, and love isn't much affected by bad weather. I've been frustrated by all this horrid cold and the winds kept me indoors. But my love of colour, nature, creation, plants, design and making places of peace and sanctuary has not diminished one little bit! This time of year really highlights that love and makes me want to move on. Next challenge...my daughters new garden. Starts November! :)))

3 Oct, 2015

 

It all looks lovely Karen ! I have the climber Sunset which I only got this Spring, a present from Libet ( do you remember her ?) and I'm hoping my rose takes off next year as it seems very slow to climb, but the colour of the flowers are amazing, aren't they !

3 Oct, 2015

 

It all looks great Karen....your yellow border is glorious. Maybe next year we will get some better weather.

3 Oct, 2015

 

You really are keeping your garden immaculately Karen(I'm afraid I've never been that tidy) .
And, what a beautiful colour that climbing Rose is!

3 Oct, 2015

 

I do remember her Rose. She's a lovely lady. I hope she'll have time to come back to Goy one day! It is very slow, but next year.....

Thanks Linda and Paul. :)

4 Oct, 2015

 

I will just have to be patient then Karen ! Not one of my best qualities ! lol

4 Oct, 2015

 

No, me neither Rose. My multi-stemmed Birch is my biggest frustration. I bought the saplings when we moved in. They were tiny and very pricey. This year they reached about 4'. In ten years they will be beautiful...and I'll be 62 if Im still here! :)

4 Oct, 2015

 

You have created a wonderful garden K and long may you enjoy it, here's hoping for a mild winter, good luck with your daughters garden, don't forget some before and after photos!!

4 Oct, 2015

 

Stunning, it really is.

A true success from every angle.

5 Oct, 2015

 

Your garden looks amazing, I love all the planting and the curvy lawn is looking lush. A huge transformation in two years, well done Karen :o)

5 Oct, 2015

 

Thank you all! I wont forget the before and after blog on my next project. Actually, Scott is out digging gravel into Heuchera corner as I type. He removed most of the weeds too! :)

5 Oct, 2015

 

That's a pretty camellia - where did you get it from?
I'm looking for a pale pink late flowering one - just looked up Yuletide with a number of suppliers and they're all red. I've seen pics of a lovely one called Winter's Rose but it doesn't seem to be available in the UK.

5 Oct, 2015

 

Such a pleasure to look around your garden Karen. Treasures at every turn. You should be more than proud of what you have achieved in such a short period of time.

5 Oct, 2015

 

Urbanite, this came from Crocus. Thanks Homebird. i am pleased with the garden. Ever so pleased. And its all down to what i learned in my first two gardens and also on Goy as well as from watching and emulating Alan Titchmarsh all these years!

6 Oct, 2015

 

It is all looking so lovely!
Despite the cold & wet you've had the plants have really filled out & are filling their spaces beautifully.
My favourite part is the golden border, this area really glows & always looks cheery.
The hedge is looking great too - that would have been a whole years project in itself for me.

6 Oct, 2015

 

We planted a spinney in a corner of the field for the millennium, a mix of mostly native deciduous trees and a few evergreens, they've done incredibly well and the oak has its acorns, conkers on the horse chestnut ( not native but I love the flowers).....even nuts on the hazel, well they soon disappeared

What I'm saying is 10 years seems no time at all, even the later planting are all doing well......and the ones we planted 30 years ago, well its proper wood now, a cool canopy on warm days...
you'll turn round one day and say 'Wow look how its grown'.....😊

6 Oct, 2015

 

Thank you Greenfinger and Pam. Lovely comments and so encouraging. Thank you! :)

6 Oct, 2015

 

Your garden is a very inviting retreat place. It looks so quiet and peaceful.

6 Oct, 2015

 

Thank you Bathgate, I'm glad you can see the peace and quiet!

7 Oct, 2015

 

Living in New York, it's something I can't get enough of :)

7 Oct, 2015

 

Of course! :)

7 Oct, 2015

 

Karen, this is such a lovely showcase of your garden, you have really made it into something quite special. Well, I say 'made' as I know you have plans to add more in the future. Take a rest for while! :o)

8 Oct, 2015

 

If only Shirley! a couple of weeks ago I put autumn treatment on the lawn, and of course, there are now black patches of dead moss everywhere, so today I set about starting to scarify that. Only got the bottom done, but it's a start! Lovely day here, I hope you have a good weekend :) Thanks for the lovely comment xx

8 Oct, 2015

 

I detest moss in the lawn as it seems to spread so very fast! Our lawn has been treated the past two years and, fingers crossed, won't have as much moss , if any, this year. Keep up the good work!

8 Oct, 2015

 

I'll do my best. Considering it was about 50% moss, 20% weeds and 30% grass 2 years ago, its not that bad. I just need to accept that Renovations take time! I'm supposed to be in the loft looking for a picture of my wedding cake right now, for Angela...but we caught five mice in traps in there last night so I'm reluctant to go in there until daylight! Lol!

8 Oct, 2015

 

Oh dear, I could send you my cat, she's a good Mouser!

8 Oct, 2015

 

A bit late in seeing this Karen..but what a transformation in two years..Now you have got all the donkey work done on your own garden,it can only go onwards and upwards ..and sideways :o) I hope Rachel's garden isn't as much of a challenge as yours has been..but knowing you,it will be a piece of cake in comparison..good luck :o)

8 Oct, 2015

 

Thank you Sandra...yes, it. Should befairly straight forward. :)

8 Oct, 2015

 

Thanks Karen - I looked up the camellia on Crocus and they describe it as red.

13 Oct, 2015

 

Oh no..have they sent me the wrong one then? Oh dear, I'd better look into this...

13 Oct, 2015

 

Thanks Urbanite! I had forgotten what colour the Camellia should be! I saw it some months ago, but it was out of stock, so I pressed the 'contact me when its available' button. And when I heard from them that it was available I just ordered it without checking the colour. Doh! I was so pleased with it too! But of course it should be red! Red and green for 'Yuletide'! So now I've sent Crocus a message and a photo. We'll see what they say! Thanks so much for bringing my attention to this! :)

13 Oct, 2015

 

It's a nice one though!

15 Oct, 2015

 

Maybe they will give you the right name for it Karen, and or replace with the right one.

15 Oct, 2015

 

Could be Maiden's Blush (see http://www.rhododendrons.com/www/product/11289/1)

15 Oct, 2015

 

Thanks Urbanite..it does look like that one. I agree, it is a lovely one.

15 Oct, 2015

 

Today we have so many leaves that I have surrendered. Am spending whole afternoon looking at other gardens,blogs, photos, and books. Your gardens makes me feel like a complete neophyte. They are so interesting. I just wish I could see them in person. By the time your birch is tall, i will be 91 and i surely hope I am still around to see it. You will definitely be around then. Gardeners may creak, but they live a long time. All that fresh air and contemplation.

Seriously, i remember when you were just starting and now it looks phenomenal and so beautiful. I always think when i take photos, it will never be any better than this, and then the next day... Yours will be the next, and the next and the next, forever changing and always a surprise.

6 Nov, 2015

 

Wow, what lovely comments Posy! I really hope You will be around to see my trees mature too! I definitely do creak a bit now. Although I am really pleased to say that my foot issues seem to be resolving them self at last, after two years of pain. :)) so that definitely helps! If I could just let go of a stone or two more I'd be as fit as a fiddle! Lol!

6 Nov, 2015

 

Did you get a new camellia from Crocus?

7 Nov, 2015

 

Urbanite, they had sold out! :(( so I was content with a full refund, and my pink camellia sasanqua is flowering still!

7 Nov, 2015

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