Posted: 05/06/2014 at 17:25
We all garden in our own individual style - and there is no "right" or "wrong". However, the desert that is acres of decking/paving, the bare fences that are the full stop on the horizon - they destroy the joy of the garden imo.
My garden is vastly different from when we first moved here. The beech hedge (never again! What a nuisance and what hard work that was) is gone. The fences have been softened by clematis, honeysuckle and a few self-sown contoneasters.
The rotting apple trees are no more, but the vegetable plot is productive; the rather odd bit of soil that surrounded a magnolia stellata has been extended to an ericaceous bed (an absolute picture of colour with rhodos, azaleas etc), the vast swathe of lawn has been visually broken up with an island bed, and the swimming pool is now a pond, with a waterfall and a lower pond feature - not designed as a wildlife pond as such, but full of frogs, toads, newts, dragonflies, fish and many unidentified water critturs.
It pleases us - and suits our lifestyle. And that's what a garden is all about - the space that reflects us, and suits us.
And as for the planting? Well, a lot of it is full of memories: mum's ice plant, aunt's Elephants' Ears (no - not hers - bergenia ), a couple of roses given as Silver Wedding presents, hardy geraniums from a dear friend, phlox from a cousin . . . not Chelsea, but Mine! And I wouldn't change it for the world!!!
That said, we hope to move to a smaller place (it's taking a while, the housing market being much slower in the West country that in the Home Counties) but my precious plants are divided and potted up to go with me; a new challenge awaits!