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Project to follow.....

A project to rescue a neglected flowerbed and turn it into a bright hot bed of colours - warning sunglasses required, not for the fainthearted.  B) Because of Covid, as a restauranteur I have found myself 'unemployed' so much in need of something positive to focus on, hopefully this will be therapeutic. :)

It is crescent shaped bed with some trees shrubs and perennials already established. Some have probably been lost in the bid to clear an abundance of overgrowth, nettles and bindweed. A climbing rose, Mlle Cécile Brünner and it's trellis were also sadly lost in the clear out but hopefully what is left will now benefit from newfound light and space.

To the right is a little 'copse' rhododendron, azalias, a ginkgo shrub, a fig tree, a  Tamarisk and a Liquidambar, centre a hydrangea and dotted about several roses, one a Grandiflora, possibly Queen Elizabeth, desperately in need of an obelisk, to the left several clumps of Hemerocallis, Aster and kniphofia as well as Aquilegia. There is a lily in there somewhere and some white phlox. 

I am adding Geum, Totally Tangerine, a red Cordyline, Dahlia, Gladioli, Ranunculas , Coreopsis, Rudbeckia, Echinacea, Gaura, Helenium, Cosmos and Gaillardia, all in shades of orange, red or yellow. Some purple Verbena bonariensis and Campanula Carpatica Blue to tone down and edge...

Follow to see the failings and successes, and add advice wherever possible. In my mind's eye I can see exactly what I want to achieve, the reality may well be very different.  :blush:

These pictures are from the last few weeks, I'll update as things start to take shape. Be kind. :wink:

"To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul." — Alfred Austin


  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,262
    Looking good, @D0rdogne_Damsel - it'll be interesting to see this develop.   :)
    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • Thank you @Liriodendron, I am trying to be a good patient gardener. :wink:
    "To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul." — Alfred Austin
  • chickychicky Posts: 10,400
    Oh good .....I love a project 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻  Looking forward to seeing the progress 😀
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,669
    DD,  what with you and chicky, I am going to have to leave this forum, I am turning into a green eyed monster!!  I always thought my garden was big, till I joined here.  Ayone one here know the euromillions numbers for this week, I will give you 10%!!!!
  • D0rdogne_DamselD0rdogne_Damsel Posts: 4,107
    edited March 2021
    Be careful what you wish for @Nanny Beach - I used to have a life before a garden ;)
    "To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul." — Alfred Austin
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,669
    DD is your real name "Angela Strawbridge" !!!!
  • "To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul." — Alfred Austin
  • D0rdogne_DamselD0rdogne_Damsel Posts: 4,107
    edited March 2021
    I keep looking at my plan of flowers and the bare patch of soil and tiny little plants in there and can't help but think I am being a bit ambitious. It looks very bare.   :open_mouth:

    I ordered a few more plants yesterday to fill where I think I have gaps; Euphorbia wulfenii, Euphorbia x martinii ascot rainbow and Sage microphylla orange, 3 of each plants. Also my terracotta lupins arrived on Wednesday (finally). Creating height is what I am concerned with. Also, the gap between spring tulips dying back and summer flowers reaching maturity, hoping there won't be lots of bare patches of earth showing.

    I am making notes (and taking photos) so hopefully this year will serve as a guide for next year. Steep learning curve probably;)

    Found this picture on the internet, just to give myself a more tangible idea of what I am trying to achieve than visions in my head and the bare plan on paper. All looks very perfect, fingers crossed. :blush:

    "To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul." — Alfred Austin
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,965
    That looks lovely DD, hope yours turns out just as good if not better.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • FireFire Posts: 18,056
    It looks heavenly DD.
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