Posted: 21/05/2014 at 08:34
Enjoyed your post. And the remarks about boxing.....my own passion. (I was the blonde bomber at school......ha ha .)
My garden must be 25 years old. Initially it was all about shrubs and conifers. And, as prob commonplace, it was spring that I concentrated on.
Over recent few years I have replaced many shrubs and conifers with softer perennials. A picea albertiana Comica, for example, was removed last autumn and a whole bunch of (carefully thought out) perennials and grasses planted there,,most of which I had already propagated and grown on. Some sentimental plants too, some old shrubs (evergreens are topiarised as cones, pillars, etc.) kept young with correct pruning, some classy conifers like Taxus Standishii and small cryptomerias and junipers, plenty of grasses,tender perennials, lots of foliage colour, a recent emphasis on tall perennials like veronicastrums and heleniums, a well kept veg patch, a range of fruit, a small pool, and a small hexagonal greenhouse. The garden is in two parts....front garden and a slightly bigger back one. Just off a busy coastal road but 2 mins walk to the Towans and a 10 minute run (ahem, a 15 minute walk now) to the beach.
Soil is a rich sandy loam at back but a sandier soil at front. Totally walled garden, tall sycamores at rear on neighbour's plot that provide essential shelter from,any salt winds from the sea. Essentially a hot sunny garden and shade is contrived to suit certain plants. Could grow more climbers....have a few clematis but have neglected this area a little and I intend to plant a few tender climbers.
A bit of a plantsman I guess, me, and constantly checking out new varieties of plants. A (obsessive?) need to evaluate why a plant dies or struggles. However, it,is an "enjoyed" garden