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A summer's worth of work.

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 23:51

A few shots of individual plants a result of me practicing with my DSLR camera will follow gradually below.


A summer's worth of work.

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 23:45

BM, thank you. It really has been hard work. I had to dig ll those surfaces with a spade to a depth of a foot and had to get rid of the top layer of soil (around half a foot) since it was so encrusted with garss roots that I had no other choice. Then I enriched all those areas with a mixture of compost and top soil. It's taken 1250 l of compost and 900 l of top soil.

Everything is still a work on progress. I got around 25 varieties of hostas from Bowden's which I planted on potts to give them a chance to establish. Next year I will plant them in soil mainly in the front garden together with a few ferns. Might add a few shade tolerant clematis to the front garden as well to add some colour to it in the summer months.

And I plan to add a few David Austin roses to the back garden as well as a few more varieties of plants which I like. One definite addition is going to be lupins and large poppy varieties. truly love both these plant varieties but never had the chance to get some decent specimens this year.


A summer's worth of work.

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 23:34

One third of that corner which doesnt show in the pic has a 6' x 12' x 6' aluminium frame cage whhich protects 10 blueberry bushes planted in large size pots. I managed to get around 5 kg of blueberries this year which is not bad considering the bushes are less than 2' in height.

On the other side of the garden I decided to go for another mixed perenial garden dominated by whites, pinks and blues. The terracotta oil pot is really gorgeous and money well worth spent.




A summer's worth of work.

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 23:15

I had enough of a plain empty looking garden so this summer decided to put my back to it and get it sorted. The front garden was a patch of uneven grassy mess facing N-NW. So decide to plant an acer tree in the middle of it as a focal point and then planted various ferns, hostas, a fatsia japonica, patches of daffodils, bluebells, snow drops and some grasses. Quite surprisingly it also got covered with yellow poppies which I have no idea where they came from.



In the back garden I have a planted a rose border on one side which has around 15 roses. At the bottom of the garden I have gone for a cottage style garden dominated by yellows and oranges:





Posted: 18/08/2014 at 22:27

From my past experience wisterias tend to like quite a lot of sunshine so you may struggle. However I can also say that plants have an amazing ability to adapt to the environment in order to survive and I have been surprised on quite a few ocassions by plants which I didnt expect to grow as well.

Tatton Park Show 2014

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 22:15

Some beautiful gardens there. Does anyone know if the young trees in the "Vogue" garden (under half way down through that page) that have a silvery bark are silver birches?

I really like them and think they would look really well if underplanted with hostas and ferns.

Standard roses

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 01:03

Some of the David Austin roses do meet your requirements fully and they are absolutely stunning.

To design or not to design?

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 21:24

I agree with the other comments that you havent found the right buyer yet. A beautiful garden helps to sell the house rather than hinder. And as Joe said if people like their gardens to be just grass and gravel they would soon make sure that that becomes the case. Also the majority of the people who look to buy a house with a large garden do so because they love to garden so they would more than appreciate a nice tended garden like yours.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 22:59

Thank you very much for the comments guys. The first rose is called Tawny Tiger. Beautiful vibrant colours. The second rose is indeed Hot Chocolate. And the rose in the last picture is called Double Delight. I thought it was Nostalgia as well but then I saw them both listed in a catalogue so it must be a sister of the Nostalgia. I did buy a nostalgia recently from David Austin and I have to say that there isnt much difference between the two. Both seem to have the habbit of bringing out at least one tall thick main stem with 6-10 flowers on it which looks absolutely stunning

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 00:16

Quite a few stars currently in my garden however these are some of the main ones:









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