My plan to spend a couple of hours in the garden each free day is working so far (OK so we’re only one week in!) In a couple of hours I can feel I’ve achieved something without exhausting myself for the rest of the week, I then do a couple of hours domestic duties before escaping to my sewing room with a guilt free conscience!
I’ve done a lot of work in the pond area, weeding, clearing a few plants and digging it over, we’ve got a mini rotavator, it’s brilliant at turning our heavy clay soil into something that looks reasonable if not quite that elusive tilth! I’m planning to plant more hostas here and also some candelabra primulas. I rescued Hubert the Heron and Goosey Lucy from an overgrown bed and positioned them near the pond. It’s nice to be able to see the pond again!
I’m planning to redesign the AA garden completely, with that in mind I’ve started transplanting those I want to keep into pots, so I’ve potted up a pieris today and lots of camassia bulbs, I thought I’d better dig them up whilst I still knew where they were!.
Whilst I was visiting a friends garden I admired a beautiful orange crocosmia, it was from last years Harrogate Flower Show, she reminded me that I’d bought one too, as soon as I got home I nipped up the garden and there it was, hidden behind some evening primroses which had seeded themselves in the path. Isn’t it gorgeous, it’s only a little plant but the flowers are big in comparison.
Our lilies are starting to flower, I’ve got some beautiful soft orange ones planted in the beds in the AA garden and some pink ones in pots by the patio which haven’t quite flowered yet.
I think the purple clematis growing over the arch is the best it’s ever been, it is smothered in flowers. I prune it hard every spring just as the growth starts and it pretty much reaches over the arch.
The overview photo is taken from an upstairs window, it does help to show the general layout of the garden. The AA garden is the bit in front of the chickens with the big obelisk, that’s going to be completely redeveloped into a round gravel garden with deep raised beds. You can just see Hubert the Heron by the pond, in front of the summerhouse is a round lawn. The patio is at the bottom through the arch. The gate at the back leads to the old railway line where we walk the dogs. Just got to get it back under control…