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Early Spring Garden 2016 - (our third year)

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As it’s been such a beautiful day, and OH gave the lawn a very light trim, I thought I’d record how it looks in its third spring as our garden.

In the back garden, the afternoon sun is now making it on to the decking at last. The white Ribes (centre of this photo) is not quite flowering, but has hundreds of buds and has grown about three times the size it was last spring when I bought it. The main event in the white border is the crocus.

Later in the season this will be our breakfast table…hopefully! The fields to the back and the front of our house are set with Oil Seed Rape this year, so it will be a riot of yellow all around us in May!

And I haven’t yet had to cut back the evergreen ferns (except for one). I like to leave them until April at least as the new fronds don’t really appear before May. But they do get very tatty in the spring. If you can see the sun on the Sambucus ‘Madonna’ towards the left of the shot…I planted a clematis ‘Miss Bateman’ (White) to grow up this today. The foliage is variegated green and white, so it should be a perfect partnership for the green and white clematis. This part of our garden has the most rubbish in it…stones and broken pottery and glass..and yet everything grows really well. It’s amazing really.

At the front, the afternoon sun lights up the spring bedding on our patio set, and the snowdrops are still flowering under the apple trees.

The pond is looking nice and established, although there is no sign of any amphibian action so far…but it’s surely only a matter of time. I think it needs a couple of years so that the plants can grow and give it more shelter. I might need to plant up around it more as well to make a corridor for frogs to crawl away from the water without being exposed on the lawn. This will mean even more turf lifting….(sigh). It’s lovely to see the Prunus subhirtella autumnalis ‘Rosea’ is now really getting a lovely shape to it. One of the best trees for a small garden for me. It has blossom from December onwards in milder spells, a lovely elegant and light (spreading with age) form and gorgeous red tints in the autumn with occasional small fruits. But it’s the early pink blossom that makes it a must-have in my garden.

The raised borders have had a really good feed and tidy up. A couple of things have come out, but lots of new things have gone in for the summer. All being well, the blues and pinks area should be a lot more of a success this year…but it takes time. I’ve added obelisks with short growing Clematis from the ‘Boulevard’ collection. These are great plants, flowering all summer from top to bottom and growing to about a metre or less in height.

The raised border is where I grow mostly herbaceous plants which is not my usual (more mixed) style and I find it very bare in the winter. But the addition of lots of evergreen grasses has made a difference.

Now, I’ll show you the other areas once they have had their spring tidy! :)

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You've certainly made a difference Karen....it's funny...although the evergreen grasses help through the winter but, I love to see the deciduous ones in the winter with their brown leaves and seed heads.
I. Wish we had the lovely spring weather that many are having.we had three or four hours sun today before it clouded over again but it has been dull and very cold here this spring!

22 Mar, 2016

 

It is looking so pretty in the spring sunlight :0)

22 Mar, 2016

 

It looks lovely, Karen. I bet your other places aren't as much in need of a tidy up as mine are, but this is definitely going to be a refreshing season for my garden - I feel it in my bones!

22 Mar, 2016

 

No! Three years, gosh......

Looking at your lovely photos its all doing beautifully, hope we have a summer that you can sit out and enjoy xxx

23 Mar, 2016

 

I thought the same as Pam regarding it being your third Spring ... just doesn't seem possible! Looks as though you have pruned the apple trees hard ... problems with them?

You'll need your shades on when those fields are full of the bright yellow oil seed rape!

24 Mar, 2016

 

Shirley, they are covered in Canker wounds. Even now there are still lots of scars. i don't think we can revive them. I will try to keep them for climbers, but we'll see.

24 Mar, 2016

 

Karen, it would be such a shame to lose them so I hope they can be kept.

25 Mar, 2016

 

Well you have certainly put your stamp on it K......its beautiful, and of course the views are to die for, well done to you and Scott....
Unlike Shirley (sorry 😒) If it were me I would remove the trees and buy new ones, suitable to your area, and climate, I feel life is too short to mess around with trees that have canker....hope you do not mind me saying! lolπŸ˜ƒ

25 Mar, 2016

 

Time flies when you're having fun and you certainly had a lot in those three years Karen, it looks so different now and all your work has paid off, no doubt something is on the agenda for this years project, be smashing if we get a nice summer whereby we can all eat alfresco and relax in our gardens.
Where are the doggie patches and scuff marks is my question, I have to avoid close up shots as my poor lawn has really suffered this year in all the wet, have a track down the centre where big paws have been but cannot shut them out all the time it simply isn't fair..

26 Mar, 2016

 

Angela...I don't mind at all. I just need a little time to get used to the idea of losing them. The first spring, one of them had more blossom than I have EVER seen on a tree. It was absolutely wonderful. No apples of course, and almost every leaf was on the ground by July. But I'll never forget that blossom! lol!

Lincslass...I have worked hard at getting the dogs to do their business on the gravel around our septic tank. Most of the time they now do that, but occasionally Molly sneaks off and does it on the grass which drives me NUTS!

26 Mar, 2016

 

I have just shown my OH your beautiful garden, he loved living in the countryside, and would move back tomorrow (particularly fond of the French countryside!) he agrees with me, you are a lucky girl and , the views are stunning, I cannot believe it will be three years! we both hope you have a glorious summer.....β˜ΊπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ƒ

26 Mar, 2016

 

Thank you Angela. Very kind of you both. Xx

26 Mar, 2016

 

Your welcome K......😘

28 Mar, 2016

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