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My Garden June 2014

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Nothing much to do now. Everything have grown so much. Spending a lot of time thinning out and shaping some shrubs into standards, as well as trees to allow low growing plants beneath them. I have thinned out all of my conifer arches to allow roses to grow on them. The rose garden is a picture, just what I was hoping for.

When I moved here 11 years ago it was a dangerous jungle, all 200 feet of it. There were lethal weeds and brambles everywhere. I found grass from wall to wall, I set out to clear it out the same week I moved in, the house just had to wait. I shaped the grass, which I then proudly called lawns back then. I eventually got rid of a lot of the lawns to make way for ‘Rooms’ I got 7 rooms each with its own personality. I have always gardened on my own, everything in this garden is about me, my personality, my life, and what goes on in my mind. I love this garden so much now, and I pray the house and garden will remain in the family forever.

Here goes…..

Deutzia × hybrida ‘Strawberry Fields’

This is what my garden looked like in 2004/2005, after I have cleared it of its razor sharp weeds, brambles etc. As you can see, there was grass everywhere, gradually I started putting plants in. Over the years I decided to dig out as much grass as possible to make mowing quicker. Best decision I have ever made. Today I only have three lots of lawns to mow which take no longer than half hour instead of two hours.

The lawn before…

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What a lovely blog! I particularly enjoyed seeing your old pics Michaella. It is hard work mowing grass. mine takes about two hours to do as well. but I'd be surprised if I remove very much more of it now. time will tell. Your roses are just superb. I don't think they would ever grow like that here. I feel the same way as you about the house and Garden...hopefully our family will keep it after we're gone. They both love it. Bit who knows where life will take them in future.....

8 Jun, 2014

 

Stunning garden!!! love all your different areas, the rose garden is a picture a real credit to all your hard work :-)
I hope just the same Michaella that one of our girls will take it over eventually, after seeing my Dads garden reduced to concrete after the years he spent creating it I'd hate that to happen to mine, no sign of the gardening bug in either of them just yet though lol.
We have lots of grass too, but I don't cut that that's OH's job and I'd hate to make him redundant ;-)

8 Jun, 2014

 

Beautiful garden, and what a great idea to cut back the leylandi so that you have a good strong base for the roses to climb up. You are so clever Michaella, love it all you have worked so hard. Lots of lovely colour and shapes. It must be great to wander around there now and just be able to enjoy the views. Well done, just shows what us girls can do, give yourself a great big pat on the back. :O) Lovely Lovely garden. :O)

8 Jun, 2014

 

I agree Karen.
Anyone can see its a labour of love Michaella, many of us have followed your changes over the years so know how hard you've worked, also enjoyed it along the way as you've unveiled each new room, archway, pond and pathway, you have created so many delightful secret areas, it can certainly be described as a garden of surprises, its a credit to you so now sit back and enjoy it...
Don't remember ever seeing it all green before and honestly could never picture it, although in my mind I have tried to imagine how it was before you started , thankyou for sharing the photo's...I love it...

8 Jun, 2014

 

You're a girl after my own heart, Michaella. That was a joy to behold. You seem to have many of the same roses as I have and lots of intermingling. Can you tell me what the gorgeous pink/white combination is, in picture 13? I wondered about philadelphus and deutzia, but wsn't sure.
I really do hope your lovely garden can remain in the family; it's an inspiration and is going into my favourites.

8 Jun, 2014

 

Thank you all very much for reading my blog. I have two daughters, both are not interested in gardening as yet, but they do like to show it off to friends on Facebook. I keep telling them that the garden is quite capable of looking after itself, all they will have to do is to keep the three small lawns, shrubs and trees under control, the rest is for them to enjoy and appreciate what mother has done for all to enjoy.

Tuesdaybear the shrub's name is (Deutzia × hybrida 'Strawberry Fields')...it's a beauty! :))

8 Jun, 2014

 

Lovely blog Michaella and nice to see the old photos :o)

9 Jun, 2014

 

Thank you - it is indeed.

9 Jun, 2014

 

Lovely garden, hope you can enjoy it for a long while.

18 Jun, 2014

 

such a natural flowing garden, very lovely!

19 Jun, 2014

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