Posted: 16/09/2013 at 00:48
Hi Nick Personally I think you have done a cracking job and not just because you are a beginner. It looks like you have put a lot of thought into it
The ivy at the back is just perfect making it look very lush but keep an eye on the ivy to the left as it looks like ordinary tree ivy and you don't want it running into the chippings.
Venus looks great as if she is wading through the chippings. She is a favourite of mine
Is it Thyme in the tipped up urn? Will look lovely once it it has tumbled out and spread around the urn and have you planted in the crown?
What are the other alpines you have planted in there. Can't see even when I enlarge. Is it a suntrap? Is that why you used alpines?
I can see there is some Pulmonaria to the left of the pond are you adding to that side and are you planting in the narrow strip down the rhs?
Can you take a pic further back to see it in relation to the rest of the garden?
The chippings you have used will discolour and mossen (is that a word!!!) up over time making it look much softer.
What are your plans with the pond itself? Fish? Waterplants? Have you put in an escape root for frogs cos they will turn up!
How long did the project take you from start to finish?
Sorry so many questions lol but they are the kind of things I would ask if stood in your garden with you admiring your handiwork!
Bet your parents are well chuffed