Fernwood and the beginnings of a garden.

The first winter at Fernwood, as we christened it, had some very wet spells and lots of very soggy ground. We hadn’t been there very long when Muffin, one of the cats, had to be put to sleep. OH buried him in the ground next to the drive. I told him to put some stones over the grave in case of foxes………..and he ended up making a dry stone wall as the whole area was covered in golden coloured stones. The first planting job we did was a wildlife hedge between us and the neighbours. This consisted of hawthorn, hornbeam, beech, yew. fuchsias and probably other things which I can’t remember. We then planted various trees as we wanted a copse alongside the drive and to screen us from the neighbours. There were silver birches, hawthorn, hazel, bird cherry and various others.





Eventually, because of the flooding, the builders had drainage put in which involved a lovely guy, a digger and piles of gravel. When that had been completed they came round with a machine which cleared a lot of the stones and lawns were sown.

Not long after moving in we discovered frogspawn in a puddle and so the first tiny pond was made to house them. And we did feed them on liver suspended on string and they did thrive.

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Things were beginning to come together now and we started to dig out beds. We also bought a lovely big glasshouse, but more of that in the next episode.

16 Responses

  1. Oh, this is all brilliant :good: Love that little pond :high-five:
    What size pics are you putting on, Cilla? Can you do a bigger one?

  2. cilla says:

    The pics should be the same as I normally post, I don’t know why these aren’t, will try and investigate ……where is the wacko crossed eyes? :lol:

  3. That is what I call a project Cilla it looks amazing ,a blank canvas it must have taken some planning for the garden.

  4. Allan says:

    Great read Cill,If you tap the screen on the I pad, On the photos ,It increases the size of them ,I haven’t tried it on the PC yet though, :good:

  5. AliCat says:

    What a lovely blank canvas you had to work with Cilla, so sad that you lost Muffin.
    The pond is lovely :good:

  6. cilla says:

    Muffin had an over active thyroid and the dumb vet gave him tablets for an over active one which made him fit.
    The pond gets better as the story unfolds. :lol:

  7. gertie says:

    Like it Cilla :good: … what’s next? :dance: :rose:

  8. dandlyon says:

    What an inspiration for new gardeners Cilla, must be marvellous to start with a blank canvas and slowly fill it in..Looking foreward to seeing the progress when things start to bloom :good:

  9. VegVamp says:

    What a great read Cilla, presume this was the house you had in Ireland? Look forward to seeing the progress. :good: Oh and Jane is spot on about the pics. :cool:

  10. Hayley says:

    What a gorgeous spot Cilla :-) When were you there and why did you move away? Must have been such a wrench when so much of your energy went in to making the garden. :blowkiss:

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