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An Aerial View Of The New Borders as They Begin To Take Shape.

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Although I haven’t had an awful lot of time recently and two of the days I set aside for my garden had quite long periods of rain, I have managed to get out and do a bit mainly in the evenings. I have cut out most of the borders on one side and have started to dig them but I need to incorporate a lot of grit yet as many of the grasses I intend planting(if I can source them) will want good drainage.
Here is an aerial photograph (not from a helicopter though….just from our third bedroom window)

I still have an awful lot of plants to buy but I have started to lay some out as I have planned them in the various areas, just to see how my plans are looking.

I will need to dig lots of this (grit) in, to improve drainage, as the garden is fairly heavy clay.It’s strange, some parts (mainly, nearer the house) are quite good and not as heavy clay as my last garden but , then , other areas are solid clay right up to the surface(after skimming off grass)

I have bought quite a few bags of grit but this one split as I carried it through this morning before I went to work so I just put it on top ready to dig in later.
I wonder if the builders dug out some clay nearer the house and replaced it with topsoil although, I can’t see why they would.They don’t usually bother.
This arc/semi circular bed and the straight beds either side of it is facing pretty much East so doesn’t get more than 4 or 5 hours sun a day but I hope this will be ok for the Aganpanthus.I have laid them out towards the front where the sun lingers a bit longer but, I will need lots of shade tolerant plants for right by the fence. I have identified a few grasses in a local Garden centre and I will also add various Acorus, Hostas and Heucheras as well as, maybe some Sedums which can blend very well with some of the grasses, particularly the deciduous grasses, in the Autumn.

On the other side of the garden where there is full sun, I have marked out with pegs, a matching arc/semi circular bed but not got round to skimming the turf off or digging.this is higher up the garden just before the veg patch as I didn’t want to narrow the lawn off too much in the middle which would’ve happened if I’d put the two arc beds opposite each other, resulting in a strange shape.

Most but not all of the plants seen here will be planted in this bed.

After seeing Calamagrostis Karl Foerster in the winter time at Marks Hall Garden near Coggeshall, I just had to have it. I need to buy one more so I can have three at the back of this bed. As it gets more sun, I will be incorporating more of the flowering plants that I brought from my old garden. Crocosmia Lucifer which can look striking amongst ornamental grasses, One blue and one white Agapanthus(African Lily) to mirror the bed on the other side and some sea holly which I hope will go well with the Sisycrinchium which I bought yesterday and can be seen in the photo two down from here.


Any comments/ ideas would be welcomed .

I am pleased with many of my flowering pots this year but none more so than this one.I think the colours compliment each other well (though I say it myself)
More updates to follow in the next couple of weeks, I hope, although no work will be done on it this weekend as I am being Captain Blackfoot the pirate at a farm park in Andover, Hampshire(Finkley Down Farm) .
Happy gardening
Paul

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I like your plans, I have a lot of the blue sisyrinchium along the front of a bed of pink roses, I love it and it loves the sun, you can just pull bits out and pop them in somewhere else with no problem.

25 Jun, 2015

 

Thanks LizzieB....I hope the Sisycrinchium will be as successful for me.In fact, the pots are full to bursting so I may even chance splitting a couple before planting in order to get more coverage.

25 Jun, 2015

 

It's all starting to come together,Paul,and will look great when it's planted up..At least you have a plan,which is very helpful..I'm one of the bung it in ,and hope it works brigade :o) and quite often end up moving some of them..but I get them in the right place eventually :o)

25 Jun, 2015

 

Thanks Bloomer.......I do often end up moving things and I'm sure I will this time but, I have given it a lot of thought!
But, things don't always look the same in your garden as in the books or on TV etc.
Fingers crossed!

25 Jun, 2015

 

wow, you are really starting off with a "blank canvas." I can't wait to see it when it's done. Do you plan to install a water feature? pond?

25 Jun, 2015

 

No....no water. If it were bigger , I would have a wildlife pond at the back but it is really small....only 60 FT long. I'm not very keen on other kinds of water feature! I love my plants though but Iwont be having anything like as many as my previous gardens which were huge in comparison.this is a very modern house and I am trying to make a fairly contemporary garden with lots of ornamental grasses and complimentary planting.

25 Jun, 2015

 

I am looking forward to watching your progress Paul, because I didn't used to like grasses much, but. Have really learned. To appreciate them. You're right, they look great with Crocosmias and Sedums. i might even add some more to my garden once I've seen yours! :)

25 Jun, 2015

 

It sounds really good, Paul. I really like that pot - lovely combination.

(My Dad used to joke that he'd like to retire and open a pub in Andover called The Fist.) Enjoy your weekend!

25 Jun, 2015

 

Oh dear..There's pressure for me Karen!! I used to have a few in my mixed/herbaceous borders but have never used them in such quantity before.I loved Stipa Tennuisima, especially with sea hollies. The contrast of the rigid straight stems and architectural leaves of the sea holly and movement of the S.Tennuisima make for good planting companions.

25 Jun, 2015

 

Ha ha, MelchiS....was he a mugger by trade?
Well, when he wasn't singing and playing the Uke!
It's funny how it's worked out.My son Graeme is working at the farm too (I'm doing walkabout entertainment and he's doing 4 or 5 magic/kiddies shows each day) and to make it worth our while travelling, he has a comedy gig in the evening (Saturday)at a club in Basingstoke.
The guy rang months ago and booked Graeme for the club gig but tried to get the price down .he evntuLly booked him for last Saturday but then, when the farm job came in he rang the chap at the club and said if you put it back to the following Saturday, I can do it cheaper.So, that's what was agreed....two birds/one stone, and we are saying overnight in a hotel.

25 Jun, 2015

 

No, but he liked wordplay! 😉

25 Jun, 2015

 

Oh!Lol! No need to feel any pressure Paul! You're a great gardener, and we are all learning! Well, I certainly am! :)) i have that Stipa Tenuissima...isnt it a seeder? It pops up everywhere! I didnt plant it, and I disliked it intensely at first, but now I've split it and moved it and its definitely growing on me! Stipa Gigantea is a favourite of mine, and I have really fallen for Carex elata 'Aurea'. Its so bright, and evergreen. I also love Carex testacea and Uncinia rubra. Here in Scotland we have up to 8 months of winter, so all the evergreen grasses are very useful. They look great with winter sunshine! Hakonechloea is my favourite deciduous one.

25 Jun, 2015

 

I would like Stipa Gigantea Karen but, on the east facing fence , I'm Not sure it would get enough sun to do it justice.Particularly in the evening , there is no sun at all and this wouldn't show it to its best. On the other side(west facing ) I will be planting the
Calamagrostis Karl Foerster. I think I may try and find something tall and evergreen for the East facing side.
The S.tenuissima seeds fairly freely but I find it never really looks out of place, front middle or back of a border. I only brought one with me but Shirley sent me a clump which I have split into 4 plants(3 are doing well, the other is still very small) But, I will be buying some more.

25 Jun, 2015

 

It's good when things work out like that - nice to be working with your son. My eldest has appeared in a few theatres that Dad played, and he says it always gives him a buzz.

25 Jun, 2015

 

You're working wonders Paul, such planning! I'm like Bloomer I'm afraid, I have a hazy plan of sorts but then a trip to the garden centre usually results in another unplanned purchase and a frantic search for somewhere to put it...lol!

26 Jun, 2015

 

Me too Julia!

26 Jun, 2015

 

I'm off to a couple Garden Centres today so, we'll see how I stick to the script as it were!

26 Jun, 2015

 

I called in Aldi for a couple of basics on Wednesday.and came out with three well established Dianthus,at 99p each,so tell me about it Paul and Julia :o) oh,and I remembered the bread and milk ! Lol..

26 Jun, 2015

 

Spent £147 in two garden centres today....and all plants that I had planned to buy.How disciplined is that, eh?
Mind you, I did have Hawk Eye with me (AKA Julie) ha ha...I'll have to keep taking her with me to kept to my shopping list!

26 Jun, 2015

 

Well done,Paul..nothing like keeping to a budget,with a good woman behind you :o) but do you take any notice? Lol

26 Jun, 2015

 

Of course......sometimes!

26 Jun, 2015

 

Fair enough :o) As my mum used to say',no one is deafer than those who don't want to hear' .sound familiar ?? Lol

26 Jun, 2015

 

Pardon??

26 Jun, 2015

 

Lol..:o)

27 Jun, 2015

 

Keep up the good work Paul ! It's good to take time over things.
Your garden doesn't look very big. I would have got rid of all the grass.
(I did here)

29 Jun, 2015

 

The governor wouldn't allow that Hywel. I had to reduce the planned size of my borders as Julie, for some reason, wants a fair bit of lawn still.I love big borders but have had to compromise.

1 Jul, 2015

 

:(

1 Jul, 2015

 

I wonder if your borders might deepen a bit as your doing the edges - not on purpose of course, lol.
It'll be great to see your new garden progressing.
I love that acer in the pot, it's too windy for them here sadly.
What will you be putting in for a bit of height?

1 Jul, 2015

 

Hi Paul, I am trying out silk tassel buysh as an evergreen on clay, just wondering if that will grow well for you as tall evergreen facing east, hope you manage to get all of your plants in soon....it always takes longer than you think!

2 Jul, 2015

 

I think the edging tool could well slip a few times over the years GreenFinger!! I think I will use a Bamboo at one of two positions and maybe the shrub Nandina Domestica (heavenly bamboo) which grows to a reasonable height but is quite slow growing.i think the Acer will grow fairly tall in the ground, also. It has been in a pot all its life at the other house where it was sheltered by a wall near the house as it was such a windy garden.so, I have had it in its pot in the position where I want it since early spring and, it seems ok, just the very slightest leaf scorch when we had an exceptionally strong windy spell in May.
I think the silk tassel bush would be too large for the space Sarah.....I assume you mean the Garrya,....... Where I used to live there were a few and of one my customers' has one and they grew absolutely huge.(That is a heavy clay area so should grow ok for you). The border isn't that deep and I think it would fill it up very quickly.I've planted a few more plants in that border today.

2 Jul, 2015

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