I have included a few pictures of the
new garden when we started in spring. We had been here about a year by
then and had made
good progress with improving the clay and boulder soil that you get
with new build properties. I dont have room for a full compost bin but
have got a wormary where the kitchen waste goes and so far it has made
many trays of rich compost that I have added to the soil.
These images show the side borders. On the left near the patio we
planted fragrant shrubs. The yellow one is a Cytisus and the white one
behind it is a Choisya. The Magnolia at the end of
the border was taken from our old garden and has done well. We put
some wires agaist the walls and are training some climbers up
these to give some height to the garden.
The Acers were transported from the old garden and with some careful
watering over summer have done really well. Behind aginst the wall
on the right is a Wisteria we have had a few years now and are still
waiting for a flower. We have planted a few small trees in the garden
to try to get a bit of height. The one behind the Acer on the left is a
flowering Cherry (Prunus). I aim to keep on top of the pruning of the
trees as in a small garden they can easilly overgrow their space.
This Magnolia has again taken really well and has flowered beautifully this year.
Here are a few more pictures now that the garden has had another year or so to mature
As you can see the climbers have
really well and are starting to cover the walls on both side of the
garden. One of the Wisteria plants has now flowered after a few years
and looks really good with the purple Clematis scrambling through it. I
hope for more flowers in the years to come
The houses at the bottom of the
garden have now been completed so we have planted some small trees to
give a bit of cover. The are a couple of Maples, a Rowan, a Flowering
Cherry and an Ornamental Willow. All of these are relatively small
trees but I will be careful with how high I let them grow so that they
do not block the sunlight into the garden.
Both of these Clematis have flowered really well this year. I know that
the Clematis Montana on the left can get very rampant if left so I am
pruning it very carefully.
The Japenese Maples are again giving a good show. I have lost a few
branches off both of these but have carefully pruned out all of the
dead wood so that they still look good. I have fed them with some
ericaceous fertiliser and have dug in plenty of compost around them to
try and get some good growth. The bright yellow leaved plant
in the top right hand picture is a Dicentra. This came from the old
and has has taken really well. The blue shrub in the bottom picture is
a Caenothus (Californian Lilac) which has done really well against the
fence. This is a tall variety. You can buy dwarf bush varieties as well.
These really colourful plants are Alliums. I planted the bulbs in the
autumn last year and they are looking really good now. The ones on the
right look really good with some yellow Poppies.
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