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The Golden Border, End of June

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For anyone not in the know, there is a garden in Scotland, on Deeside at Crathes Castle (National Trust for Scotland). In the garden is a walled garden and part (a large part) of it has been laid out as a ‘Golden Garden’. When we visited there, I didn’t think I would like it at all, but as soon as we entered it I felt immediately that my mood had lifted. Being surrounded by gold on all sides was amazingly affecting.

So, when we moved here I decided to make this entire border a golden one. It’s not only light, bright and cheering, but it also seems to enhance the darker greens of the view beyond, which I hadn’t anticipated at all.

Being laid out with a backbone of evergreen shrubs, it is going to take a while to mature, but for it’s third season, it is doing very very well I think. Eventually the taller shrubs at the back will be taller than the hedge, screening out our neighbouring property and their caravan, and offering us a limited amount of privacy, without losing our views.

There are still a good few herbaceous plants to flower and it will continue to get better until the frosts take the Hostas (I hope).

One of the best additions has been Colden Carex which is very bright all year, and also Tree Heather Erica arborea. Some of the shrubs go quite green and tatty in the winter, especially the Escallonia ‘Gold Ellen’, but its worth it’s place come May/June.

Here it is with the pond…

I’ve always colour themed my garden to some extent, but I’ve never tried this Golden Theme idea before. In fact I tended to avoid yellow in the past as I sometimes find it quite an aggressive colour. Funny how your thinking can be overturned by a bit of inspiration isn’t it? :)

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Looks absolutely lovely and the pond looks brilliant too!

26 Jun, 2016

 

Karen, that is maturing so well - it looks really beautiful. I love it!

26 Jun, 2016

 

It was a bold idea to make such a long border and it's really successful. I couldn't have resisted butting a bit of blue with it - no self control!

26 Jun, 2016

 

Thank you all! There is a bit of blue in there Stera. I have a golden leaved campanula with blue flowers, ditto aquilegia and a periwinkle too! Some of the golden leaved plants have white flowers as well, and the weigeila has deep red flowers (although it doesnt seem to want to flower much at all).

27 Jun, 2016

 

I am following Diarmid Gavin's advice on Great British Garden Revival. Collecting Lavender plants, so my theme is mauves and purples
which attract the Bees. I find these colours restful on the eyes, the scents restful too. By planting them all in my Gerbil compost they are getting a nutritious soil to enhance their growth.
A lot of people say the builders have left them with sub-standard clay soil. It is very poor, my first
Lavenders almost died in it for want of nourishment. I moved them as an experiment, and they are thriving this year. Two Gerbils and their weekly litter clean out plus all the chewed up cardboard they produce, some Fish, Blood and Bone granules, Horticultural Grit Sand, old compost
- you cant go wrong. My garden is being revived just with these two little animals, who like to keep busy, chewing.

27 Jun, 2016

 

Karen your garden is so beautiful - I especially admire your lupins - I don't have much success with them here - I think the soil is to heavy for them - how your borders have matured -Best wishes - Jane

27 Jun, 2016

 

What a great performance that golden border is putting on it does sing out yet at the same time it seems to mould in with the background of those big green trees, I love it, clever you. Your pond is also looking great, can I ask what the small tree with the spiky foliage is please, it looks great beside the pond, no leaves to fall into the water.

27 Jun, 2016

 

It certainly does blend with the borrowed landscape in the distance, Karen.
I think the pond is looking great.
I have never seen a golden border(other than yours of course) .........I had a yellow, blue and white border at the last house (I love blues and yellows together) although some purples/mauves and even the odd orange crept in over the years. You have been very disciplined.

27 Jun, 2016

 

Diane, that's fascinating. I shall have to look up the Garden Revival programme as I have missed it this time. I also love a blue and mauve theme and have that in part of my raised border. Its taken me the longest to actually get it going, but with the addition of five new clematis this spring, and heaps of other perennials, it is finally coming on well. You're so right, it is the most restful and peaceful colour theme.

Thank you so much Jane. We are lucky here with our soil. Most things enjoy it. :)

Phyl, that tree is a dwarf weeping Larch and I found it at my favourite nursery. It has come on in leaps and bounds since I rescued it from it's pot and I was so chuffed to find it as I love Larch but didn't know you could get dwarf ones, let alone weeping :) As you know, the ordinary Larix is a huge forest tree far too big for a garden this size.

Thank you Paul...I have enjoyed the challenge of staying within the colour theme. I do like a challenge, it's what motivates me most I think.

27 Jun, 2016

 

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. MY ADMIRATION.
You can have this beauty, if you have the space, the skills and the energy to look after it. Now my garden, apart from a few rose bushes and some perennials, is left to mother nature to look after it. LACK OF ENERGY.

27 Jun, 2016

 

Lovely composition,K.........what actually makes it is the curved edges.Look forward to seeing it next year.

27 Jun, 2016

 

Thank you Costas. I'm sorry to hear you have lost a lot of your energy. I'm afraid it probably comes to us all. That is why I am trying hard not to dig out more borders. I'm thinking ahead and trying to keep it manageable. Mum is still going strong and managing her garden, so hopefully I will follow her - I am very like her genetically I think! So fingers crossed :)

Julia, you're right. A long border like this, with a straight edge would be very different. The wavy edge is there because...well I like curves of course...but also because when we came there was a rockery in the middle of this border area that came out as far as the border does now, but I didn't want it to be that deep all the was as that wouldn't have been manageable. It also gives a lovely shape to the lawn.

27 Jun, 2016

 

Whatever your reasons for designing your garden the way that you have, Karen your garden is delightful. However I quite agree with you on the effect of the 'golden garden' I visited Monet's garden years ago, and the 'Yellow Garden' had a similar effect on me at the time.

27 Jun, 2016

 

Yes Waddy, its not possible to describe the effect that the yellow garden has when you're in it in the photo...but thank you! :)

27 Jun, 2016

 

This is to me a dream of a border, I have always used yellow to great effect, and did a couple of blogs in the past re yellow in the borders......
I had no idea how large it was until now, love how you have curved the border also.... .like you I do like to colour theme the garden....and you have made such a wonderful job of it, I am going to look at it on my tablet, so I can see it all properly, bit by bit......
Karen well done, I am utterly amazed, the NGS would love it !! just shown OH and he is of the same opinion...xx

1 Jul, 2016

 

Thank you so much Angela...that is very high praise indeed. I might ask someone over to see the garden..perhaps next year. Its still very young. I have been thinking about the possibility of opening it for Parkinsons as my FIL was a gardener all his working life and he suffered with the condition for over 20 years until pneumonia and heart issues took him away. I often think about how much he would have loved our home and how proud he would be to see Rachel making her own garden. But I do believe he knows all about it. :)

1 Jul, 2016

 

Karen: Even the golden images are uplifting so in actuality it must be really something. A real credit to your skill and imagination.

2 Jul, 2016

 

Very kind of you Eirlys, thank you! :)

3 Jul, 2016

 

Karen I think that is an excellent idea, people love to visit gardens and always happy that the money goes to a good cause...the only downside is they do like to have CAKE, my friend made 18 cakes for her opening!!

3 Jul, 2016

 

Its ok...I make cake too. :) And my Mum taught me how to cater for numbers. We are like Nigella. Never knowingly undercatered!

4 Jul, 2016

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