The Garden

  I have kept a record of all that we have planted and the list of plants is here.

2016

A little later in May

Photos showing the way the coloured foliage is beginning to fill out and achieve the effect I wanted on the middle terrace . The patches of bare earth will soon be filled with Gladioli and Dahlias that are just bginning to develop.

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May

Removed the unsightly Juniper from the front terrace.

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Replaced it with the new plants.

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April

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Just a few of the plants new to the garden on 26th April. Plant list now updated.

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A certain amount of cutting back being done - 23rd April

 

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The potato patch completed by 20th April

 

March

Photograph of part of the vegetable garden taken 20th March 2016

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Improving by April 5th

 

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2015

September

Because I have neglected the web site there isn't much to post about the garden because I have not recorded it. But, I did take some photographs of the blue hydrangea.

 

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2014

The vegetable garden is now back under control and starting to produce well - 15th July 2014

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Potatoes and broad beans

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Salad crops, tomatoes. French and Borlotti beans, cabbage, kale, asparagus and courgettes.

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Leeks, Pak Choi, parsnips, courgettes and rhubarb. At the far end of the path are the runner beans. sweet peas, turnips, pumpkins, broccoli, and gladioli.

 

Things have grown rather too well near the pond. The garden seems like an unruly beast at the moment - 24th June 2014

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No spare space left in this border.

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At least this bit of the garden looks as though somebody cares for it.

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Rampant growth and the obvious presence of slugs. The pond is standing room only for frogs why aren't they eating the slugs and snails?

2013

Newly arrived resident - 19th August 2013

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Two of these little chaps were learning how to walk and stalk just in front of where I was sitting. I'm not sure I like them, as members of their family ate the whole stock of gladioli bulbs last year.

August 2013

Some images from the garden showing that we are nearly where we want to be with it.

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The vegetable terrace looking west. All raised beds now finished and full. The rainwater capture from the roof is all piped to the plot.

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The vegetable terrace looking east with the new door at the end suggesting more to explore. The other side of the fence is actually next door's garden and the farmer's field.

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The middle terrace looking west. The rockery and the right and the herb bed beyond it are now both fully stocked as is the perennial bed on the left.

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The pond is now finished and the hosta bed stocked. Since taking this photo we have trimmed the box hedge. All we need to do now is add some fish to the other wildlife.

25th February 2013

The first project of the year in the garden is one that we have been working on for three years and it is the last major structural change we wish to make.

It is now level pegged. It just needs a couple of layers of under liner and then the pond liner. A waterfall is to follow later in the year. So, Chris, we finally got there.

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  The soil that has come out of the pond area has been used on the raised beds and so one thing had to wait for the other.   The rasied bed on the left is now full and is the eleventh bed. Just hope for a good growing season now.

 

2012

22nd July 2012

Some of this year's flowers close up.

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5th April 2012

We planted 400 crocuses and 400 Fritilaria Meleagris last year and have enjoyed watching them start to appear. However, nowhere near the number we planted have shown. I think they are having a gap year to enjoy their new environment.

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Aerial photograph of part of the garden.

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The vegetable garden is cut off the bottom of the photograph.

2011

Current Projects

New log store

15th September 2011

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Refurbished Swing

Tuesday, 26 April
A remake of the swing was overdue and I had the morning to myself and so set about it. It means that we can have our drink watching the sun set over the garden without feeling that we might end up on the decking.


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New Greenhouse

Sunday, 10 April
At our previous house we had a greenhouse made from an aluminium frame. I built it against a south facing wall from materials saved from being vandalised on a school site. It was 8 feet high, 22 feet long and 10 feet wide. I miss it sometimes and have now taken to squeezing in small greenhouses wherever I can find the space.
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First Greenhouse at Six The Hawthorns

 

New Greenhouse Under Construction


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New Greenhouse Finished

 

Both Greenhouses


Spring Flowers

Wednesday, 6 April
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More photographs of Spring Flowers here.

Recent Projects

Monday, 28 March
Door to the side of the house near the log store.

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Friday, 18 March
Making a hand rail to support access to the lower terrace and a bird table in the herb bed.

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Saturday, 12 March
Clipping back the wysteria to start again.

   

 

 
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December 2010/January 2011
Making another log store.


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2010

The pond.  As yet unfinished, it is the hole behind the statue.

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The herb bed: not finished but well on its way.  Before next season we will be removing the perennial flowers and extending the bed to the top of the steps.

From this:

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To this:

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General view of the garden: summer 2010

 

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2009

This is what parts of the garden looked like on 18th July 2009

 

This is an album showing some photographs of our garden during the snowfall in February 2009

Garden in the Snow

2008

 

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2007

Gardening has been something that has always been important to us.  We have always liked to grow as much of our own food as possible. Having moved to a house and garden new to us we have had the opportunity to start all over again.  We have changed our style of flower gardening.  We used to fill the garden at Lismore with annuals.  Now were are trying only to plant perennials.  We have removed a huge number of self sown trees and planted a number of our own choice.  We have created a vegetable garden from the neglected patch at the bottom and are in the process of adding a pond and a herb garden as well as filling the large rockeries with plants of our choice rather than the grass and weeds that were there when we moved in.

Photographs of the garden as it was when we came to look at the house in February 2007:

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This is an album showing some photographs of our garden before we had altered very much.

Garden in Spring First Year