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Today in my garden :)


After an 11 miles walk in the Peak District yesterday I decided to take it easy today… by taking out two huge lavender bushes and replacing them with lots of new plants :D

Here’s a “before” pic, as you can see the lavenders were quite straggly and taking over the paving!

And two hours later:

I’ve planted two Asters, Alice Haslam and Snowcushion, a Helleborus orientalis “Double Mixed” and a Geranium himalayense…

And next to them a Griselinia littoralis to give some all year colour.

Some more pics from the garden today…

A new laurel and two Heucheras, Creme Brule and Can-Can (bargains at only £2.99 each!) They might be going in the border here, it depends how quickly the laurel fills out. For now they can stay there to fill in the gaps :)

One of our Clematis has been moved to this side of the garden where a Clematis montana was before, I decided to get rid of that as it was growing at a rate of a foot each day! Our lovely new Acer palmatum is doing great :)

These Crocosmia and African lillies were already in the garden when we moved here, it’s nice to see them in flower. Weirdly, I rather like the orange and purple together…

And lots of Petunias to add some colour :)

Nice to see the sunshine over the last few days, it makes a nice change! Hope you are all enjoying your gardens too :)

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Good planting... and great bargains on the heucheras ! :o)

25 Jul, 2011


That border looks great Craftyemma, I dug out a huge overgrown lavender in my garden a couple of years ago, i thought it would put up a fight! but it was dug up and out in ten minutes, Brill.
I love orange and purple together, im going to buy tulips in these colours for next year :)
your acer is gorgeous, I have 3, arent they lovely, they show there true colour in autumn..
Your garden is fab, The Crocosmia, (Lucifer i think) and petunia's really brighten that corner up..well done..

25 Jul, 2011


Lovely pics! Funny, I "take it easy" the same way you do.

25 Jul, 2011


Lovely pics. :) tho i must say i like the before pic better:)

25 Jul, 2011


so did I pixi25 as I love things that spillover on to the path :o))

25 Jul, 2011


My favourite place for walking Emma, my roots are in Derby so know Derbyshire very well both North and South.

You did very well with the Heucheras. Your gardens looking very pretty.

25 Jul, 2011


Sorry but I have to agree with Pixi and Helen - I prefer the "before" photo - but then, I'm a lavender nut anyway !

25 Jul, 2011


Hehe, don't worry everyone, I've got 5 huge lavenders in the front garden so I'm not lavenderless! :D I'm hoping some of these new plants will spill over in the future. Next year we're planning on taking up a lot of the paving and replacing it with gravel/grass so it's not finished yet.

GrannyB, we were walking the Manifold Trail. Didn't make it up to Thors Cave this time but we had a lovely day out :)

Thanks for all your comments :)

26 Jul, 2011

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