For some background about me and my gardening experience please see the About page
If you haven’t already seen it you might like to see what Our Old House looked like
This is a list of our Projects:
One of the first things we did was to create a Vegetable Patch in 2007. We then erected a pair of Greenhouses with the smaller 12′ x 10′ for propagating, and the larger 30′ x 10′ as a cropping greenhouse
In Summer 2007 we decided that we didn’t like the arrangement of the Ponds and revamped and reshaped them
In Autumn 2007 we planted a Rose Bed by the terrace where we Bar-B-Q in the Summer
Our initial planting was intended to just be two areas either side of an old tennis court comprising the Shrubbery – a border we made from an area of rough grass and initially planted in Spring 2008. The second border, on the other side of the Tennis Court was to be a mixed Herbaceous border and it was initially planted in 2009 and more plants added in 2010. In 2011/2012 we started changing this to a Hot / Red border, and moved the plants which were the wrong colour! into other borders which we are creating in the Garden Extension.
In 2008 we bought a few Chickens and they entertain us with their characteristic waddle as they run around the garden!
In Autumn 2008 we replaced the Leylandii Front Hedge with a Copper Beech hedge and Yew Topiary and also in Winter 2008 some nearby Poplars were replaced with a line of Pleached Limes to make a screen between the front of the house and the main garden. I knew nothing about training a Pleached Hedge!
As part of the Barn Project we ripped up the old tennis court and reused the hardcore, and that created an area for a Topiary Lawn which we refer to as the Centre Court which was planted in Autumn 2011 and subsequent we planted a Berberis “skirting board” around the Yew hedge in 2013. It is bisected by The Cross Walk which is lined with Lavenders originally planted in 2009 and extended in 2012.
There is an area of rough grass at the end of our plot which narrows to a point, and which we call “The Spit” in which we originally planned to create an informal Woodland – area. In 2010 we changed our minds and decided to create a more formal arrangement and started the Garden Extension Project. This saw hedges planted in Winter 2010/2011 for the Long Walk and also hedges around some planned “Rooms”; in Autumn 2011 we extended the Long Walk with the Holm Oak Walk. In Autumn 2011 we also bought some Oxford Tamworth piglets to “dig” the Hydrangea Walk and we started propagating Hydrangeas in Autumn 2012 and then planting when they had grown big enough.
In Autumn 2011 we decided to build a Jungle Garden (based on some Exotic Gardens we had visited) in order to have a garden near the house that would mature quickly whilst we make the long-wait for the other projects to mature.
In Spring 2012 on impulse I bought a few thousand Snowdrops to create a Winter Woodland Walk, other winter flowering plants will follow.
In 2013 we started planing the new “rooms” in the garden extension. The first was the Fruit and Nut Walk which was planted with espalier Apples and Pears on one side, and Cobnuts on the other. In Autumn 2015 we planted Daffodils between the Cobnuts as a cutting-bed for the house, and also as a trial of suitable varieties for subsequent mass-planting nearer to the house. I got carried away again! and planted 25 bulbs of each of 28 different varieties.
In Autumn 2013 we planted the Serpentine Holly Maze to fill in a tricky and difficult triangle at the far end of the Garden Extension. It is mostly planted with ordinary holly plants, but parts are planted with variegated forms.
In 2014 we started work on the Round White Garden which will probably wind up with similar plants to the White Garden at Sissinghurst.
In Autumn 2015 we started work on the last of the Garden Extension rooms – a Japanese Stroll garden; we are still working (as of Autumn 2015) on the hard landscaping, and I have not written an article yet, but there are some pictures in the Autumn 2015 Tour and also photographs of Compton Acres Japanese Garden which was our original inspiration.
Other projects we want to embark on:
A Folly – at the end of the Long Walk
Autumn / Winter garden – autumnal leaf colour trees, and shrubs such as Dogwood for its colourful stems in winter. Also extensive planting of Daffodils for Spring colour.
Cloud Pruned topiary – something “organic” is the in-thing I believe!!
Parterre – a Knot Garden within the main vista and close to the house
There is also a plan of the garden showing how it has evolved, and both our original plan and our future plans, on the Next Page
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