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A wander round the garden today :-)

simbad

By simbad

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Don’t think I’ve ever done a blog about the layout of my garden so here goes.
We moved here 13 years ago,crikey how time flies, our house was a self build on old allotment land and the only thing here was a small wood, being on a quite steep hill the garden had to be terraced before we could do anything.
Over the years I’ve made far to many beds and borders,so after raking and leveling the whole area for grass I’ve spent the last 11 years digging it all up again!!!
Here’s a view from the top of the drive towards the front of the house


And this is to the left


A couple of stars of these two areas at the moment are
Geranium ‘Splish Splash’

Geranium ‘Midnight Reiter’


And this lovely rose which was just a cheapy from B&Q called ‘All Gold’


Where the red rose is the border curves round to the back garden


And the other side


Down towards the pond that’s just through the arbour


And this is the border to the right of the pond

When we had the garden terraced we asked the digger driver if he could dig us a small pond, came back 4 hours later and he proudly presented this!! 25ft by 15ft and 8ft deep, he said I love doing things like this, trouble was being a new build we were on a water meter and the liner cost a small fortune, but looking at it now anything smaller would have looked out of place, just wish those flippin water soldiers didn’t multiply so fast!!!


Right you might need your sunglasses for this one,lol, as the pond is sunk down we needed a shrub that would spread and trail a bit these are perfect just a bit bright this time of year :-)


Right back through that arbour and this borders on the right, weedy patio behind, another job for tomorrow.


This carries on from the corner of the swing seat, ooops washing out again :-)


Then back down the other side, I’m confusing myself now lol.


There’s a path along the back of the border where the washing is, not that you can walk along it at the moment, where my roses are planted so I can smell them when the kitchen windows open, my Mum always loved her roses, so when she left me a bit of money in her will I treated myself to all these lovely David Austin roses, the scent is wonderful at the moment and they always make me think of her when I see them :-)


And this is the view from under the washing :-) across the daylily bed to the wood and the arch, with the beautiful rose ‘Albertine’ climbing over it that leads to the bottom of the garden.

This border is to the right of the rose arch.

A couple of stars of this border :-)

No the names gone, it’ll come to me, maybe :-)

Thalictrum Flavum Glaucum


Stipa Gigantea sparkling in the evening sunshine, love this plant.


And this is the other side of the pond border.

Right back across the decking by the pond and into the wood, not a lot going on in there at the moment this areas more for spring with lots of snowdrops, hellebores etc, this fern looks pretty good

And my Kirengeshoma has buds!!, a new plant sent to me in the spring by a friend, exciting :-)


OH’S been chopping lots of dead trees and thinning a few sapplings, the woods still a work in progress.


Out of the wood down this pathway to the bottom of the garden.


Found this when we were building so OH hung it in our arbour seat.

Alstromeria looking good in bottom border.

Hope you enjoyed my garden tour but can’t leave without showing the first of the daylilies that have just started to open ;-)
’Ledgewood’s Calico Blues’

‘Outrageous’

‘Sink Into Your Eyes’

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Fabulous blog thankyou for the tour and sharing your beautiful garden Simbad.

17 Jun, 2014

 

Wow,Simbad,your garden is amazing ! what an achievement,and so much to take your eye..I love it all,even the washing ! Lol.We all have to do it,don't we? The times I've deleted pics,because of some of mine getting in on the act :o)
It is a credit to all the hard work you have put into it..and lots of TLC..Thank you for sharing your space :o)

17 Jun, 2014

 

Really enjoyed your garden tour Simbad, absolutely beautiful :))

17 Jun, 2014

 

What a marvelous tour. I feel like I was at your house for a visit. I enjoyed the many different roses and plantings Thank you for posting.

18 Jun, 2014

 

Your garden is lovely simbad, loved having a look around... your day lillies are beautiful...

18 Jun, 2014

 

PERFECTION!! EVERYTHING LOOKS BIG AND HEALTHY.

18 Jun, 2014

 

I do not think I could ever get as organized as you. Super garden!

18 Jun, 2014

 

Your garden is wonderful, thank you for the tour :o)

18 Jun, 2014

amy
Amy
 

Your garden is beautiful Kathy it's nice to have scented roses to remind you of your mum , I think you will find the blue flowers are Veronica inspire Blue or V.spicata Blue Bouquet I have them .. the Thalictrum seeds you sent me grew well I collected more seed from them last year and now have a nice tray of little plants to put out , we have been here for 20 years ( it's flown by ) and are now starting to hack back shrubs / trees we put in as tiny little plants all those years ago , the Salvia Turkestonia you sent me have seeded themselves everywhere this year I still can't get over how big they are ,I love them , your garden is areal credit to you :o))

18 Jun, 2014

 

Kathy that was a lovely tour, your garden looks amazing. Hope Rob is helping out with things to do in the garden, being at work is no excuse, tell him from me. lol. Love your roses, what a great idea to plant them in memory of your mum. Great planting, love lots of plants but that Thalictrum is beautiful. Doesn't it glow. Right better go and have a rest now after my walk around your beautiful garden. Sunshine is beckoning me outside again. Happy Gardening :O)

18 Jun, 2014

 

Absolutely beautiful...

18 Jun, 2014

 

Thats not a garden its an estate, lol.. I really enjoyed the tour Simbad its a credit to you and the years of hard graft you must have put in to have it looking like that, a garden one can hide away in and thats something I like, seems you have a lovely outlook all ways round to add to the delights, thankyou for sharing, I'm off for another wander around........

18 Jun, 2014

 

I love you garden, every bed, every border seems filled with interesting plants, put together with a thoughtful eye, and the views into the distant countryside, beautiful.

18 Jun, 2014

 

Oh Wow!!! thanks everyone for all your lovely comments, made my day :-)
Yes Bloomer if its not washing its a weedy path, here anyway, that's been rectified today I've been on my hands and knees all day with my old knife :-)
Thanks Hollyeves lots more of those to come ;-)
Kokkinotria thats the joys of old allotment land, lots of improvement over the years ;-)
Thanks Wylie you're much more organized than me with the daylily seedlings, I just can't keep up with them all!!!
Thanks Amy that's the one veronica, senior moment lol,glad all the seeds did well for you that salvia is my favourite too. Yours are doing well too I got lots of plants from those pink and blue salvia seeds you sent, must take some pictures.
Thanks Barbara glad you like it, Rob cuts the grass which is a long job, so I'll let him off till next year when he retires, then I've got a very long list for him lol.The thalictrum was from RHS seed last year, its a monster, must be well over 6ft tall, I'll try to get seed from it for you :-) See how those water soldiers multiply!!! I've raked two barrow loads out and it still needs more clearing, good cover for the fish I suppose, from the heron :-)
Thanks Lincs and Siris it was the view that sold it to us when we bought the plot you can see 3 counties from here, you wouldn't believe we're in the middle of quite a busy little town.

18 Jun, 2014

 

Thanks Kathy, seed would be great, although I am not that good with seeds. lol. After saying that I have managed to grow some H.Golden Chimes and some Aquilegia seeds this year which Karen sent me and some Coreopsis and Love in the mist. So I think I might just be getting it right at long long last. lol. Thanks again for saving me some seed just send me a message and I will pick it up. The water soldiers are looking good, hope they do not fill in as quick as yours are doing my pond is no where near as big as yours. lol. I shall have to put them in the dykes that might work eh!!! lol with all the water that we had last week think they might just survive in there. lol.

18 Jun, 2014

 

I possibly could as I'm in the lincs town where the four counties meet and know the views are wonderful, don't have far to wander for our photographs, some people just picture the flat fenland but its not all like that.....

18 Jun, 2014

 

What a fantastic garden, you should be really really proud of yourself. I enjoyed the tour very much.
Your Midnight Reiter is looking good. A fox sat on mine. I love the Defence notice - what a marvellous find!

18 Jun, 2014

 

Fantastic Garden Kathy! Thank you for giving me a tour. The Thalictrum is amazing......Lovely!

19 Jun, 2014

 

You've got a nice big garden, and you've done wonders with it. It must be interesting to have a wood. You've got several different types of environments, with the pond as well ... so it should be possible to grow lots of different types of plants.

19 Jun, 2014

 

that is absolutely stunning Simbad. What a gorgeous layout and some wonderful plants.

19 Jun, 2014

 

daylilies look good!

19 Jun, 2014

 

Ok Barbara I'll message you when they're ripe :-), if I see any of those water soldiers in the Trent I'll know who to blame lol :-)
So true Lincslass certainly lots of hills in our little town too :-)
Thanks Stera :-), oh no your poor geranium, here its cats they took a dislike to one of my clematis and every cat in the neighbourhood decided to spray it, looks like its dead now.
Thanks Gralew :-)
Glad you like it Hywel, I love the wood, while Rob was clearing some dead trees in the spring he scared a woodcock of all things, I've never seen one of those till then, so who knows what other creatures live in there :-)
Thankyou Sbg :-)
Thanks again everyone for all your lovely comments :-))

19 Jun, 2014

 

Must have crossed there Marybells, thankyou :-), can't wait for them to really get going, sooo many buds, trouble is the daylily bed's so densely planted don't know how the heck I'm going to deadhead lol :-)

19 Jun, 2014

 

well i do hope you manage :-) you do have a challenge! i never realized about dead heading so iam pleased you mentioned that :-)
hope all goes well with those heads. ;-)

19 Jun, 2014

 

Good grief Simbad, are you sure this is your garden and not the local park? Your borders are fabulous, love everything .... how big is your garden? What is the massive pink plant in front of 'weedy' patio? :-)

21 Jun, 2014

 

Lol thankyou Bornagain :-) The gardens 1/2 an acre, the allotments are now at the bottom of the garden and we have one of those as well!!. The pink plant the furthest right is a valerian but if you mean the one behind the swing seat that's Rosa 'Rosy Cushion' there are 3 bushes planted together there, beautiful rose and even with hard pruning it still gets to that size every year it's often still flowering in October, the weedy patio's weedy no more lol ;-)

22 Jun, 2014

 

What a lot of hard work you`ve put in Simbad but it has all been worthwhile as you now have a garden to be proud of. I could just wander round and round and never get tired, put on my favourites so I can go back a few more times to take it all in. I love all of your roses and that geranium Midnight Reiter looks a smasher.

22 Jun, 2014

 

Such a beautifully planned and kept garden you have. Such a pleasure to look around.

23 Jun, 2014

 

Thankyou Stroller and Homebird glad you like it :-))
I do have my problem areas, bindweed and ground elder the bane of my life lol, but obviously I haven't shown them ;-)

23 Jun, 2014

taz
Taz
 

really enjoyed your blog. thanks for showing us around your wonderful garden

23 Jun, 2014

 

Thanks for the info Simbad, going to google that rose now:-)

25 Jun, 2014

 

What a lovely surprise to find your tour, Kathy - I thoroughly enjoyed it...now, with a garden like that, why don't you open for the NGS???

26 Jun, 2014

 

Thanks Taz glad you enjoyed it :-)
Hope you find it Ba I bought mine from David Austin :-)
Aaaaw thankyou Barbara, I'd love to open for the NGS but I do still have a few areas I'm not happy with and paths etc that need finishing when OH retires next year he'll have more time to do some of the many jobs that still need doing :-), I've made a list lol, so in the future I might see if its good enough :-)

26 Jun, 2014

 

It looks great to me, Kathy!

27 Jun, 2014

 

I had no idea your garden was this size Simbad ... it's absolutely beautiful ... I really enjoyed the tour round. Thanks for sharing it on GoY ... :o)

27 Jun, 2014

 

Bit late!! But what a wonderful garden you have simbad, back in for another look. Those roses under your kitchen window, heaven. Rozanne mixed in there?

19 Jun, 2016

 

Aaaah thankyou Resnone I forgot about this blog , a few things have changed since and grown !, I overfed the roses a bit this year manure and rose food I can barely see out the window ;-), the geranium is 'Magnificum ' I have it everywhere even moved a bit into the wood , the bees are loving it at the moment .

19 Jun, 2016

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