Anne, aka Gertie, has often commented on my photos and because they are usually close ups of flora and fauna, she asked if I could give an idea of the length and breadth of the garden as well. The best way to do this, I thought, was to walk up and down the paths so that I could take wider views. Here is the result and I hope you enjoy the walk. To put the area in context, my cottage sits on about 1/3 of an acre; I haven’t included my raised beds or greenhouses in the photos.
The first part of the walk takes you to the terrace, starting at the western boundary against the farmer’s field. The large trees are his on his side of the ditch except for the low deciduous hedge you can see from the gate to the first birch.
The trees behind the house are along the eastern boundary.
Through the gate and looking immediately right is where we sit for a cuppa if the sun is shining in the afternoon. Behind the teasel is the ditch.
If you look right, walking towards the front door, you see my shed and the Belgian honeysuckle.
The approach to the (north facing) front door has the neighbour’s boundary fence to your left. This is how the border is looking so far after some replanting following the repairs after storm Doris.
I’ve gone through the house and am on the terrace looking west.
Now I’m looking south at the middle flowerbed with the wooded area a bit further away.
And here I’m looking more to the right (compare the position of the bird table in the photo above with it in the photo below).
This photo looks south east. Our fence is behind the trees and you can see it’s quite dark and dense.
I’ve now jumped off the terrace at the eastern end to show you the whole flower border along it. I’m working on it – I’ve just taken out a couple of shrubs that were blocking the light this end and will take out a couple more and replace with perennials to brighten it up.
Part 2 will be a walk down the west side to the south. Time for dinner!