I developed an interest in gardening in my early teens. I don’t know why, it was not something my parents were particularly interested in at the time. I bought a greenhouse when I was about 15 (a 10′ x 8′ Eden) and grew seedlings (Annuals mostly) in the spring, some Tomatoes down one side in the Summer (Ring culture, remember that?) and the other side had staging where I experimented with Melons, Fushias, Cyclamen and goodness knows what else.
We had a large garden, and when I was 18 I dug and landscaped a shrubbery. I suppose it was about 2/3rd of an acre. That was back in the early ’70s.
But this story is about the garden of the house my wife and I moved to in June 2006. The house has a spacious garden, but the previous owner was not a keen gardener. When we arrived there were good windbreaks, some mature trees, but no great interest – it lacked the sort of thing where you walk round a garden and think “I wonder what’s round that corner – or through that arch” and when you get there you are in for a nice surprise! There wasn’t even a greenhouse or a vegetable patch.
First job – buy a large wheel barrow on eBay:
then the projects started … at first we planned just a couple of borders, and a vegetable patch, leaving the remainder as scrub and planting some woodland trees, but as it evolved we decided to convert the whole area into garden.
Below are some Before and After/Now photographs of the various Projects with links to the relevant pages where I have chronicled our progress, in case you are interested. At the bottom of the page is a plan of the garden projects. From time to time I write a blog article on anything topical (there is also an Index, in case you are looking for something specific)
The Main Garden
Links (left to right):
- Pleached Limes
- Hot border (details below)
- Centre Court
- Blue and White Shrubbery (details below)
Hot Herbaceous Border
Inspired by a visit to Hidcote Manor but proving surprisingly difficult to get plants with the right sort of Red Flower. So many advertised as Red turn out to be Orange, Pink or Purple …
Blue and White Shrubbery
The first bed that we planted in 2008, so now the shrubs, at least, have some decent height. We subsequently decided on a Blue and White theme, so are stuck with a number of decent sized shrubs that are Yellow, Red and all the other colours of the rainbow which we are, naturally, loath to replace. So its a “Some Blue and White” theme.
The Front Hedge and Topiary
The Back Garden
beyond the Ponds is
The Exotic Garden
Returning to the Main Garden about half way down is
The Lavender Walk
at the end of the Blue and White Border, Hot Border and Centre Court is
The Long Walk
At the end of the Long Walk is the Folly:
- Long walk
- Folly (coming soon)/li>
to the East of the Long Walk is
The Fruit and Nut Garden
to the West of The Long Walk is
The Hydrangea Walk
at the far end of The Long Walk is
The Holm Oak Walk
and to the East of The Holm Oak Walk is
The Serpentine Maze
at the other end of the garden is
The Woodland Walk
and The Woodland Walk leads to
The Vegetable Patch
and within The Vegetable Patch are
Started planting in Spring 2015 is
The Round White Garden
Formerly referred to as the “Room #101 Project” this garden is between The Long Walk and the Fruit and Nut Walk and is 24 yards x 19 yards. We planted an oval hedge, waited for inspiration!, and eventually decided on a White planting theme
The second room sandwiched between The Long Walk and the Fruit and Nut Walk and beyond the Round White garden (above) is the largest of the new rooms (40 yards x 19 yards) in which we have started making a Japanese Stroll Garden
A new Blog Article with all the gory details! is under construction
We also want to plant an Autumn Garden close to the house to enjoy the Autumn Colours
and some Parterre close to the house – for which I have started propagating the thousands of plants which will be needed.