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Our Secret Garden!

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Monty has all sorts of fancy names for parts of his garden – so if he can do it, so can I!!!

Hidden behind the rambling roses was a very rough, neglected area which we have ignored for 40 years!!
My husband decided, a few weeks ago to do something with it even though he was not exactly sure what that would be!

It has NOT been easy and very quickly he had to swap his spade for a pick-axe, as under the soil were stones, rubble and whole house bricks! He persevered with it and came up with ideas as he went along.

He decided it would have to have shade-loving plants and we already had a number of those in pots placed around the garden. He added a stumpery, little pathways, a low stone wall, a water container and he shaped the area as he went along. Last of all the plants were added. There are a lot of bluebells and foxgloves at the back.

We went to a local nursery ‘Bowdens’ which has won many gold medals at Chelsea for its hostas and ferns and we bought 2 ferns and 5 hostas and had a lovely look round. They hold the national collection of hostas displayed in a very pretty garden.

Today he has just about finished and I think he has done really well with it. There is a candelabra primula waiting to go in and also a clematis to grow up through one of the roses.

It really is a ‘Secret Garden’ because you have to peep through the roses to see it ……after all, if Monty can be a bit pretentious with his ‘Jewel Garden’ etc then so can I !!!

Hope you like it too.

John used much of the rubble that he dug up to make the walls and the stepping stones.
Even the house bricks came in handy!

It really is well-hidden from view!

I have always loved this book!

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lovely Wildrose. The secret garden sounds super. better than the area in mine I call Atrocity corner ;o)

16 Jun, 2022

 

That looks very interesting Chris...such a good idea...Well done OH!!The pick axe often has to come out here!

16 Jun, 2022

 

It looks beautiful and natural, like it's been there forever. Clever OH. I'm sure the wildlife will love it and you'll have your own robin visiting before long.
We visited Howdens when we were in Drewsteignton last month. I absolutely loved their home show garden, so green.

16 Jun, 2022

 

I love it, well done OH, its just gorgeous , what a lovely secret garden.

16 Jun, 2022

 

Wonderful! Very magical and innovative of you both. I’d love to have a secret garden beyond beautiful rambling roses….well done, Chris! Love everything about it!

16 Jun, 2022

 

Sbg - Thank you so much - ours was Atrocity Corner for nearly 40 years but your comment did made me chuckle!!
Julia - Thank you, nice to know you need a pick axe too sometimes!
Callie - Thank you for your very kind comment.
Kate - glad you liked it and thanks as always for your lovely enthusiasm.

16 Jun, 2022

 

Your husband obviously had fun … he’s very creative, and the lovely result must give him a lot of satisfaction. Perhaps do a video and send it to Monty?

16 Jun, 2022

 

Your secret is out,what a super area, so cool and calming on a hot June day.

16 Jun, 2022

 

Wow Chris, John has come on in leaps and bounds since I saw your last pictures !
He has worked so hard and persevered with all the rubbish he had to get through.
Great idea to use the rubble too!
I love it! xx

16 Jun, 2022

 

Looking very natural and peaceful. Lovely spot . I love your OH creativity. Not easy to come up with an idea and make it work so beautifully, Congratulation on job well done.

17 Jun, 2022

 

Thank you all for such lovely comments.

Sheila, I think he IS pleased with it and perhaps I could send a video to Monty?!
Siris it is nice and cool in there so maybe we need a little seat or bench to sit on, on those rare, hot summer days!
Rose, so glad you really like it! Hope the plants will be happy too!
Klahanie, he really did stick with it even though it was a nightmare to start with! I think he wondered what on earth had he started it for!

17 Jun, 2022

 

A lovely space with planting I love, beautifully done, you should definitely send a video to Monty.

17 Jun, 2022

 

I love it, I also know how hard it must have been to work the ground after all those years, my stumpery was my willow tree and the end of the long border was "The Cubby" as it used to be hidden away behind the old conifers, I actually miss it, not easy to hide things away now, one cannot see my stumpery until one goes right down to the bottom of the garden, I like a garden with hidden areas, your husband must be pleased with what he has achieved , it looks great, very natural and perfect for ferns, hostas and any other shade lovers, I hope they all do as well as mine have...
BTW, I also have that book, its always been one of my all time favourites since I was 10yrs old..xx

17 Jun, 2022

 

Thank you Charnwood - your name on here is the name of the house I was in at the High School for Girls in Southport many years ago!!! It brought back happy memories of my pale blue badge!wearing days! All houses were named after forests but I have no idea why!!

Lincslass I am pleased you enjoyed that book too. My copy belonged to a pupil at the school where I was teaching. She lent it to me and because I loved the illustrations in it she actually gave it to me to keep. I treasure it now. Thank you for your encouraging words and I hope we have as much success as you did.

17 Jun, 2022

 

Wow, that was some really hard work that your OH put in & a great result. I’m glad that you both like the end result. The plants look lovely & I’m sure they will prosper for you.
Nice to have a secret garden. I have read the book & also seen the film at least twice.

17 Jun, 2022

 

What a joy it will be to wander down those inviting pathways! Your OH is a design genius. It looks as if its always been there!
And "The Secret Garden" is still one of my favourite books!
I hope yours will have a bold little robin to haunt it too!

17 Jun, 2022

 

Thank you Feverfew, he DID work very hard on it and it was a lot more work than he was expecting! The only real concern that we have is that it is quite a dry area so we must make sure it stays well watered - especially at the moment.

Stera, it IS a lovely story isn't it and I used to enjoy reading it to the children in school and we always got good art work out of them involving gardens! I hope we get a friendly robin. We usually have one but not this year, so far?
Thank you for your very kind words.

17 Jun, 2022

 

You must miss your robin Chris - how strange not to see him this year - yet. We’ve been lucky and even had a baby robin … just love them 🙂.

17 Jun, 2022

 

Oh yes Sheila I love robins. We do have a very friendly blackbird who practically asks for raisins by our back door!!

18 Jun, 2022

 

Chris, there isn't really much I can add to the wonderful complimentary comments on here. John has created something really special in that area ... well done!

18 Jun, 2022

 

Shirley thank you, he has done well with it. Mind you I have had to try to look after the rest of the garden whilst he has been busy with his little corner!!!
Men and multi - tasking comes to mind!!!

18 Jun, 2022

 

:o)))

19 Jun, 2022

 

What a wonderful new creation ,Chris,and recycling at it's best ,with materials from your own garden too. ! John has done a great job,and I can see why you are so happy with the result, it's beautiful..Referring to the 'multi tasking '? Been there,and done that ..still doing it,but at least we do have a helper, for which I'm sure we all appreciate. :o) x .

19 Jun, 2022

 

Thanks Sandra, it is certainly an improvement on how it looked before. We feel sure there must have been an old building there a long time ago. In fact there are rumours that there was an isolation building for anyone with TB.
He is very helpful as you know so I mustn’t grumble!!!

19 Jun, 2022

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