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That’s the plan for this small area at the end of our back garden.

It used to be a very dry shady area but that was before the trees and shrubs in the garden behind were totally cut down a few weeks ago!

The view now is one of the back of their bungalow, no greenery in sight, so I have planted a few shrubs that will, hopefully, grow eventually to block said view.

Bags of bark chippings have been spread, stepping stones were already there, but they had sunk over the years and have now been raised up slightly.

A few favourite plants are still in situ but I have removed many Forget-me-nots and tall Narcissus bulbs as the foliage from the latter is so hard to disguise as it dies down!

First photo shows looking West and the new fence panel was put in by my lovely neighbour the other side …

The Pittosporum will need to be cut back to a smaller shrub as I brush against it when walking along the path…

Here is the middle of the area …

and the other end of this area has a log-pile, from which there have been Stag Beetles over the years, the bird feeders are there so they have cover from the large Pittosporum in my garden but, sadly, have lost all their perching places now the neighbouring trees are no more.

I have left the Crocosmia, Gladiolus and a few annuals, also a pretty Penstemon …

No doubt the Blackbirds will have fun rooting around in the bark and it will be all over the grass and path in the morning!

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I'm sure the blackbirds will have a great time with the bark,just like they did here.
Your garden looks very pretty Shirley. The Pittisporum is a fast grower so will very soon provide you with more privacy.

26 Aug, 2020

 

Yes, blackbirds are very good at making a mess! It looks a lovely area, Shirley, quite Japanesey 🙂

26 Aug, 2020

 

It looks very nice Shirley and you have lots of lovely shrubs in your garden :)

26 Aug, 2020

 

It is definitely looking very nice, Shirley. You have a great collection of plants, lots of different textures and colour. It’s a shame in a way that they have removed the trees from their garden, as you say, the birds have lost their roosting spot. I wonder if they’re trying to reduce or simplify their garden? Yep, the blackbirds will love your bark chipping..it’s amazing how far they can throw it about!

26 Aug, 2020

 

Its all about making it easier but still attractive to us gardeners of a certain age isn't it, that is exactly what I've been doing lately Shirley, I think you'll be sweeping the bark off the path every day as the birds are going to love foraging amongst it, can't use it myself, I tried it once in the dog run, not one of my best ideas, dogs and bark didn't mix, lol, now I mulch with my own mix from the compost bin and sweep that off the path and lawn instead, the blackbirds love it .
.I've added a Smokebush, Sambucus and also an Amelanchiar to replace the one that died here, like you I'm hoping they do well and hide the fencing, I know we need good barriers but I much prefer looking at living greenery...
I know I'm biased as I love them, that corner is crying out for a couple of ferns, lol....

27 Aug, 2020

 

M'land, I tried to keep that area to creams and yellows but that bright Penstemon was obviously an interloper!

Sheila, funny you should say that as my Acer 'Orange Dram' is finally growing well and could well be planted there eventually.

Thanks Hywel, that little area has been lawn, a veg. plot and then a shrubbery over the years!

Kate, the lady who lives there is wheelchair bound and has told me before that she has no interest in the garden. Such a shame ... :o(

Sue, it's taken me some time to accept that I don't have the endless energy now to garden for hours on end as I used to! So very frustrating but I can only do so much in one session.

I did empty the 'Dalek' compost bin and spread the contents around the borders a few weeks ago. I now see what appear to be Tomato seedlings popping up everywhere. Note to self - put any leftover Tomato pulp in the kitchen bin - do not compost.

Are you psychic? My OH said that a couple or three Ferns would look good and he's no gardener, ha ha!

27 Aug, 2020

 

Well there you go Shirley, great minds think alike...

28 Aug, 2020

 

Indeed Sue!! I have some gardening vouchers to use and am thinking possibly of an arch at the start of that area ... need to give it more thought.

28 Aug, 2020

 

It all looks lovely Shirley! I love the bird bath too !
I thought about using bark on all my borders to deter the fox, but didn't think it would work, so now all the borders are covered in gravel and slate.

28 Aug, 2020

 

Thanks Rose, we bid for that bird bath at a country auction when we were on holiday some years ago and brought it back from the West country in the car! Birds of all sizes enjoy it ... :o)

28 Aug, 2020

 

It looks very nice Shirley ,your neighbours probably did you a favour getting rid of the trees its opened it up and looks lighter :o)

30 Aug, 2020

 

Every cloud has a silver lining! ... :o))

30 Aug, 2020

 

It looks really good Shirley...some lovely shrubs which will soon grow...after all it’s the South! and the bark holds it all together....

19 Sep, 2020

 

Thanks Angela, I was a bit apprehensive at first, having never used bark before, but quite like it now. The plants and shrubs seem to be thriving too ... :o)

19 Sep, 2020

 

You’re welcome.....we use composted bark when we can get it!

21 Sep, 2020

 

Excellent!

21 Sep, 2020

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