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Today's Task - A New Focal Point

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After some prolonged ‘negotiations’ regarding whether or not I could remove a bit more grass, we agreed yesterday on a new position for the Weeping Crab Apple ’Cheal’s Weeping’ which has been grown in a planter for over a year. (By the way, gardening was much simpler before OH retired…all this ‘negotiating’ ;) ).

It looked great in the planter and was doing very well, so there was no need to move it. However, I often think that my biggest grassed area could do with a focal point. Something to look at from the Arbour Seat.

So this morning I removed the turf, forked up the soil, removed the Malus from its planter and replaced it with a Patio Rose ‘Little Flirt’ which was in a pot. I underplanted the Malus with some crocus and a primula.

As you can see, it’s a lovely blend of colour with the wooden Arbour seat and a nice contrast to the Golden Border and Heuchera Corner.

Being a grafted standard on a dwarfing rootstock, it will never outgrow it’s welcome either.

Sorry, the weather was a little gloomy today so the photos are not in sunshine. But you get the idea. All that remains is to replace the solar fairy lights on to it…a little sparkle for the evening when I’m sitting with a glass of wine on the Arbour Seat.

p.s. I have a plan to extend this circular border, as you can see, it’s too small…. but shhhhh….;0)

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I’ve been looking for inspiration like this for my own front garden! I was considering a Kilmarnock Willow but your pink blossom is stunning!

21 May, 2019

 

What a pretty tree - just right there, I think.

Your garden looks absolutely lovely, Karen. It has matured
beautifully, and in a comparatively short time. Heuchera corner is very impressive!

Talking about a glass of wine, I was just thinking this morning while weeding (yes, I do indulge in it sometimes!) do you use your pod?

Btw - what are beds and borders for, if not for enlarging?!

21 May, 2019

 

Hi Mizzle! I don’t know how I haven’t ‘bumped into’ you before on here! Yes, the Kilmarnock willow is not for me. This is lovely, and I love my dwarfing grafted weeping Larch as well. But for all year interest you can’t beat a Crab Apple, and this one is gorgeous! Not hard to find either.

21 May, 2019

 

Hi Melchi...yes! We use it a lot from Spring to autumn, less in the winter, although it does have heating. Its such a great place to read, rest and relax. Best of all...shelter from windy days. But yes, it was a good investment. We love it!

21 May, 2019

 

Your crab apple is a happy tree and I love the little retreat you created.

21 May, 2019

 

That looks beautiful - what a lovely seat to sit in and admire it from too.

21 May, 2019

 

Thanks Sunnydais! Yes, I just went out and tried out the seat with the new vista. Pleased with it, and it's perking up now after the shock of being moved.

21 May, 2019

 

That little tree will thank you ....much better in a border.....

21 May, 2019

 

Yes, so true. It was only ever a matter of time. Next it will be the flowering Cherry.

21 May, 2019

 

I know what you mean about negotiating, I regularly cut the borders wider when OH was at work. Now I have to 'discuss' it.

love the way you have done that. was OH objection to having to cut around it? that has been my OH objection to me doing something like this in the front garden.

your garden always looks so neat and tidy :o)

22 May, 2019

 

Yes Seabirngirl..exactly that. But his ride-on will go around it quite nicely. :)

22 May, 2019

 

Your arbour seat looks very nice Karen, lovely spot to sit and admire your hard work and lovely garden!

22 May, 2019

 

Thanks Kate :)

22 May, 2019

 

You have one heck of a garden Karen, it looks amazing, and the weeping crab looks just great, the heauchera border really stands out with all that color.

22 May, 2019

 

Thank you Julien. :) I love my garden that’s for sure.

22 May, 2019

 

Agree with all the above but what I really admired was the perfect circle you cut for the crab. How on earth did you manage that?

23 May, 2019

 

I use a semi circular edging tool and I make two cuts opposite one another, the size of the finished circle, then two mid way between each one, also opposite. Then just cut out the rest from there. Easy!

24 May, 2019

 

It looks lovely Karen, as does all your garden as usual. I agree with you and Seaburn about OH's! Delightful as it is to have them about to help it always takes twice as long to do anything. All that explaining what you are going to do, what you plan to achieve and the best time to start! Then there are the coffee breaks just when you don't need them, much as I love him, what's going to happen when he retires?

24 May, 2019

 

Lol...what will happen is exactly what you think will happen Honeysuckle! :)

24 May, 2019

 

Oh this has made me chuckle, my OH has finally retired and he is taking too much of an interest, not as regards the actual gardening part (thank goodness) he's never liked that, however he is into photography in a BIG way, he's already moved the feeding stations around, now that was good, I asked for that to be done years ago but he never got around to doing it, now I won't have a problem underneath from fallen seed, however, it wasn't done for me, he couldn't see it properly from the windows to take his photo's, honestly it took less than 30 mins and that included having to drill holes to place a bracket on the patio walls, remove station from one side and place it on the other, lol, I often get moaned at for having washing spoil his view when the light is right for a certain shot, you can imagine my response to that Karen...Garden as usual looks great Karen, the tree looks smashing where you have placed it, as you say its now a focal point...

29 May, 2019

 

Ha ha Sue! How very dare you put out your laundry when the light is perfect?! 😉 thank you! X

29 May, 2019

 

Negotiation, what's that? Wait till he's gone out then just do it. Mine doesn't even cut the grass, thank goodness.

29 May, 2019

 

Same here, Siris! See how many problems we escape! OH is very supportive, but that’s as far as it goes!

1 Jun, 2019

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