A walk around the garden: part 1

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 western boundary

The trees behind the house are along the eastern boundary.

At the gate

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.

For afternoon tea

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.

Against the fence

I’ve gone through the house and am on the terrace looking west.

Looking west

Now I’m looking south at the middle flowerbed with the wooded area a bit further away.

Looking south

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).

Middle flower bed

This photo looks south east. Our fence is behind the trees and you can see it’s quite dark and dense.

Looking south east

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.

East end of terrace looking west

Part 2 will be a walk down the west side to the south. Time for dinner!


8 Responses

  1. cilla says:

    Oh I did enjoy that Jane, but I’m still hopeful that OH will bring me one day…..or I shall drive myself ! It all looks lovely and much more colourful than you led me to believe. I love all your trees and it is all so natural, it looks really good. I am looking forward to the rest of it. :-) :good:

  2. gertie says:

    Oh Jane … that is so lovely! You have your own bit of wild countryside to add colour and shape to … reminds me of when, as a little girl, I made tiny secret gardens in the woods at the back of our new-town house. As Cilla says it’s more colourful than I had imagined. and so much bigger and varied, with house stuff on one side and fields and wild hedgerows on another, and even your own bit of woodland. :love: I shall try not to be envious, as would love all that green-filled nature-space :love: Am so pleased for you , that after all your globe-wandering you have found such a marvellous niche in UK. I too am really looking forward to part two …. THANK YOU JANE :love: :walt: :rose:

  3. Beanstew says:

    It looks as though you have set out to insert yourselves as gently as possible into the landscape – and been pretty successful at it. The verbascum olympicum will be very happy there, and, when it seeds itself around, will find plenty of backdrops to look majestic against. Bravo Jane, for sensitive use of your ground- I can tell that all the furry and feathered beings that co-exist with us will feel quite comfortable with you- and probably have a secret waiting list for admission. And Allan is right, it is much more difficult to garden au naturel than it is to grow rows of bedding like French Marigold in a thoroughly hoed bed.

    • Thank you Sheila :-) The verbascum olympicum has been planted (but you can’t see it yet in the last 2 photos), just next to the terrace where the arch is. I want it to grow boldly tall to hide the bottom of the arch – I previously had honeysuckle there but it didn’t work well.

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