A summer's worth of work.

greenlovegreenlove Posts: 113

I had enough of a plain empty looking garden so this summer decided to put my back to it and get it sorted. The front garden was a patch of uneven grassy mess facing N-NW. So decide to plant an acer tree in the middle of it as a focal point and then planted various ferns, hostas, a fatsia japonica, patches of daffodils, bluebells, snow drops and some grasses. Quite surprisingly it also got covered with yellow poppies which I have no idea where they came from.

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In the back garden I have a planted a rose border on one side which has around 15 roses. At the bottom of the garden I have gone for a cottage style garden dominated by yellows and oranges:

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  • Beaus MumBeaus Mum Posts: 3,530

    Lovely garden Green love, looks like you worked very hard the whole summer but so worth it, it looks lovely image

  • greenlovegreenlove Posts: 113

    One third of that corner which doesnt show in the pic has a 6' x 12' x 6' aluminium frame cage whhich protects 10 blueberry bushes planted in large size pots. I managed to get around 5 kg of blueberries this year which is not bad considering the bushes are less than 2' in height.

    On the other side of the garden I decided to go for another mixed perenial garden dominated by whites, pinks and blues. The terracotta oil pot is really gorgeous and money well worth spent.

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  • greenlovegreenlove Posts: 113

    BM, thank you. It really has been hard work. I had to dig ll those surfaces with a spade to a depth of a foot and had to get rid of the top layer of soil (around half a foot) since it was so encrusted with garss roots that I had no other choice. Then I enriched all those areas with a mixture of compost and top soil. It's taken 1250 l of compost and 900 l of top soil.

    Everything is still a work on progress. I got around 25 varieties of hostas from Bowden's which I planted on potts to give them a chance to establish. Next year I will plant them in soil mainly in the front garden together with a few ferns. Might add a few shade tolerant clematis to the front garden as well to add some colour to it in the summer months.

    And I plan to add a few David Austin roses to the back garden as well as a few more varieties of plants which I like. One definite addition is going to be lupins and large poppy varieties. truly love both these plant varieties but never had the chance to get some decent specimens this year.

     

  • greenlovegreenlove Posts: 113

    A few shots of individual plants a result of me practicing with my DSLR camera will follow gradually below.

     

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  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    Your garden is beautiful, greenlove, well worth the effort.image What is the name of the lovely rose?

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 25,942

    What a lot of work you've done. So satisfying image

    The poppies will just have seeded in - they like damp shade so that's why they'll like your aspect there! Think they're the welsh ones if they flower just now. The other ones (icelandic poppies)  flower earlier, but I might have that the wrong way round image

    Lovely views you have there too greenlove. Hope your garden goes from strength to strength. We have a Garden Gallery thread specially for pix of our gardens so put some on there in case others miss these image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 2,748

    I love the mixture of plants you have there greenlove - very interesting plantingimage

    You have also successfully ID'd one of my non-flowering mystery plants. Its leaves look exactly the same as your ligulariaimage

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    It looks lovely Greenlove, well done image

  • greenlovegreenlove Posts: 113

    Thank you very much everyone.

    Sue: The rose is called Double Delight. Flower retention is very good both in the garden and in a vase.

    Fairygirl: I posted this here because I wasnt sure where to post. I'm not sure if admin are able to move the thread to the right place?

    Victoria: I went to a garden centre and bought a few plants that I liked and used my apple tree as the starting point. As I carried on planting it became obvious that the yellows and oranges were the dominant colour so I carried on buying plants of those colours.

    Whereas the white/pink/purple garden was actually planned from scratch. image

    Orchid thank you. I have a nice collection of orchids in the house as well image

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