horty culture!

11 July 2014

I just spent the last two days in the garden and at the garden centre, my arms feel like they have been wrenched out of their sockets and I am covered in mosquito bites. BUT I have created a garden!

I have been mainly working on the part of the garden nearest the house where previous owners had made a kind of plant bed. It was home to a HUGEMUNGOUS shrub called Spiraea Nipponica
whilst it is not too offensive somewhere else, it took up most of the garden, and looked like an exploded white firework, in a kind of 1970s suburban garden type feel. Hmmm, not my taste, and that planted next to a pinky red modern rose, I kept thinking I would see Jerry and Barbara appear, cocktail glasses in hand!
I nearly killed myself trying to chop down that 6ft x 6ft shrub, and then stuffing the remains into 8 sacks! I started to worry what I had done.
After digging up and removing other bits of ugly plants and raking in 8 sacks of compost to the crappy soil that was there, I then had a big splurge in the garden centre, pretty much grabbing any plant I saw that took my fancy.
Now that big crazy plant has gone, the area of the garden is very sunny, but also very sheltered from wind. I wanted tall airy plants, that would give a wild natural feel.
I also ordered some willow hurdles to help contain them.

Its very hard to see, but amongst the flowers we planted an apricot tree, you can just see the trunk of it below...

We found some lovely irises growing out of the bottom of the fence in the side alley of our house, which were always getting bashed by wheelie bins and such. There were also some nice crimson coloured lily type things and some red hot pokers! I dug them up and divide them and planted them at the back of the bed (as they are really tall). I hope they survive. They will be much more appreciated there.

The grass is the next issue, as you can see it has gone a bit dry, and I would like it to grow a bit longer  and less formal looking. I have cut it short and given it some feed and water, fingers crossed!

My mister managed to put in a metal archway frame for me, and I tied some twigs around it to help disguise it, and also create extra climbing facility for the Jasmine and Honeysuckle that I planted next to it. Can't wait for those warm evenings, with the scent of Jasmine wafting as I meander through the arch, glass of prosecco in hand!

I will see what grows best and tallest out of these plants, and I may re-arrange them later. For instance this fennel I planted can grow really big although I'd be really happy if things grew so much I had to cut them.

I love these deep purple bell shaped flowers, they have really delicate stalk, like they are just floating in the air. I forget the name right now! (written down somewhere ; )

this hydrangea I bought in the spring via mail order, it arrived as a twig with a few roots, it has produced just one MASSIVE flower head. I love its delicate 'almost going to flop over' look.

I planted a little mimosa tree in the lawn to sit under (when its a bit bigger!) I love the way the light comes through the leaves.

we also inherited four HUGE pink hydrangea bushes, which, although I like some varieties, this is not one of them. It kind of clashes with every thing else. I have bought some liquid that helps to turn them blue which I will try, otherwise, they maybe going the same way as that Spirea.

I have moved my magnolia tree to a better position now that we have more room, its looking much better now.

Our garden is really long, and is separated into three sections by bay hedge. In the middle garden we have four fruit trees, this peach tree is one we planted, the rest were already there when we moved in.

ickle fuzzy peach babies.

rosy apples...

and pears.

 (I'll have to get some bird netting, to protect the fruit from toddlers)

at the bottom garden are three much bigger trees, a plum tree that is LADEN with fruit (CAN'T . WAIT) and eating apple tree and a cooking apple tree (which I made a nice apple crumble last autumn).

I'm afraid that you may see this garden a lot now that I have started working on it. My blog is a great way for me to remember what I planted where, and comparing year on year. I'm no gardener, but I do know how I want our garden to look at least! I find it is mostly trial and error, ...and watching Monty Don.
By the way, I know its not ideal to plant plants when they are in flower, but when designing a garden, it find it helps to see the flowers and the heights, what flowers when and what looks best next to what etc...just saying. I think I need a soak in a hot bath now!

p.s. Slugs and snails ate most of the plants I planted in spring, so I have just ordered two bottles of this. (which is natural and non toxic by the way!). I'll let you know how it goes...

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