Thanks nut and lily, can't really believe I've been up here for nearly 6 months already! I would love to take the credit for the hard work but I do have a fabulous helper!
The landowner loves nature so has planted all the trees and shrubs here with wildlife in mind His wife has already given me a very generous clump of snowdrops in the green which have already gone into the spring bank for next year
Hollie, whereabouts in the country are you (roughly?) I thought I recognised the local stone, but then spotted hills and knew you were nowhere near Lincolnshire (unless on the wolds)!! We used to live in the Peak District, so have gone from very slopey garden to pretty flat, but actually am now negotiating down a gentle slope of wilderness. Fairy, I think both have their charms and drawbacks. Wheelbarrowing is much easier nowadays, but a sloping garden is like someone picked it up and tilted it forward so you could see everything.
Thank you all so much, I am very excited about the Spring bank! I'm going to keep adding to it as I go along. Will be adding some honesty and sweet rocket, as I've seen honesty growing wild here. Please feel free to give me suggestions on stuff that's easy to grow from seed and you think would do well.
There is a very large laurel which is to the left of the picture that is due to be cut back later this year so that should let in a lot more light.
I too love snowdrops nut, when you see them you know Spring is on the way!
Hi BusyB, I live in South Wales, interesting what you say about the stone. This is a very different garden for me. The last one I had was very flat and sheltered. Everything up here seems more difficult as it's uphill, stony ground, windy and very wet. D. I'ts only really in the last month that there's been any sun on the garden
When we lived on high in the Peaks, I had some lovely Welsh poppies, which is probably like telling you to take coals to Newcastle, but my mum loved them and I took her some down to Surrey! You could always do the blue meconopsis challenge, which does well in Scotland. In the Peak District my buddleia took off, and I had a lovely orange geum of which I was very fond, and a great cotoneaster around the door. Obviously, you can't say that it will be the same where you are - only similarity being we were up high, in stoney country. Might have been completely different. But those are the plants I remember from those (very happy) days xx
I think it means putting up an embarrassing picture of you and your siblings in the 1970s and saying something nice about them. As an only child, this is foreign territory to me. Our (sibling) foster children 'appreciated each other' by whining irritably at one another all morning, while our 'only child' son has worked hard with his foster sister on formulating a brilliant song called 'You don't know my way'. But to be serious, there does seem to be a fantastic bond between people in South Wales. xx
Thought I'd post some pics taken a couple of days ago. The main bit of the garden has been more of a Spring/Early Summer show that maybe what I first thought.
It's a North Western facing garden on a hill so have learnt since that I've been here that it doesn't get much sun. In fact the sun is slowly but surely moving off the garden. Will be thinking of that when I plant for next year.
The Spring bank is now full.......unfortunatley of very tall willow herb of some sort! Luckily it has very shallow roots but will have to be pulled up at some point.
This flower patch was were the chicken were
Very lucky to be able to use extra land. Here's the veg patch
With added flowers
The second patch, I promise there is some veg growing amongst the weeds
Chickens in their new home and extension in the making