Just thought I would share a few pics of what has been going on in my garden this past month. This garden is still very much a project in the making. Since we moved here we have started from scratch so consequently the planting is still all new, just coming into its third season. Still lots of changes and improvements to make but that is true of any garden no matter how established, I think.
This is my poor garden after we had taken out the towering leylandii, put in a new fence and then churned it up installing the air source heat pump…
…and this is the border in May 2018.
The pink geranium is my favourite colour…
…and the bees love it.
The pics above are of my ‘shady’ border. When I first planned the garden that side was shaded by our neighbours hedge. Since we started planting they have rejigged their garden so my shady side is considerably less so but everything seems to be OK with that.
I had anticipated that above bit of the garden would be the problematic side as I have limited experience of growing in shade and that I would be more successful with the opposite side of the garden that is sunnier and drier. These are the conditions I was used to in my old garden. However, I have had a few disasters which surprised me. I am having a major rejig of the planting on this side and learning by trial and error what is going to survive here. At the same time I am slowly adding bulk to the soil as it is like a dust bowl. I shall be following the Beth Chatto ethos of right plant, right place and taking some tips from her gravel garden at Elmstead Market. The eucalyptus, blue herbaceous salvia and calamagrostis seem to like it and I have some lavender, grasses and box that are doing well…
…this feather reed grass is one of my favourite plants in the garden. It is gorgeous when the plumes come out and gives height, structure and sound.
Surprisingly, peony Myrtle Gentry is doing well in these conditions,
so I bought this pretty peony to go in another spot in that border.
It’s not in the ground yet and I got a eyes-to-heaven look when I brought it inside the other day to protect it from a forecast thunderstorm but needs must.
So, that’s my garden in May. Some bits of it are still under construction and the grass doesn’t get cut as often as it should but it is slowly coming together. We have lots of buzzies, fuzzies and birds and soon I hope to be taking it easy myself. like this little visitor.