I thought I’d post 6 pictures of the new garden this week for your interest. We have been here a month now, and are starting to get a feel for the garden and where the good and not so good spots are. We are also beginning to identify the issues that need sorting. Readers who are new to 6 – on – Saturday can join in easily – If you want to get a glimpse of lovely gardens from across the world, and chat to lots of lovely gardeners, then go here https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/six-on-saturday-a-participant-guide/ and join in!!
When we first saw the house we loved these two mid-century planters. They are outside the front door and we plan to fill them with seasonal bulbs and bedding through the year. At the moment they have some pretty grim begonias in there and a few cyclamen, but given time we will clear them out, get some drainage and some decent compost in there and away we go! These count as one thing!
These Japanese anemone are putting on a show. They are ‘Honorine Jobert’ and I think will probably stay in that spot. They have popped up around and about, so I’ll pull up what I don’t want, or where it’s in the ‘wrong’ place, but they are lovely at this time of the year and I can see this view from the bedroom window when I’m putting on my make-up and drying my hair.
This is a cotoneaster that has had the base pruned out of it so the foliage and berries are on stems about 3 feet high. It makes a rather pleasing short stretch of ‘hedge’ across the path in front of the sitting room window. I’m not that keen on cotoneaster but I like this. It’s covered in berries and I hope come next spring it will be covered in lovely tiny flowers that the bees love.
We have been testing out whether or not to have the sundial or this big pot in this space at the top of the garden. It faces south, but it’s quite shady and jungly at the moment. I think I shall open it out a bit so that the agapanthus can be better enjoyed. That hypericum on the left will probably have to go and the monster hebe behind it needs seriously taming. I’m not sure what the tree on the right is, but lower down on the right is a camellia. One of a pair in this part of the garden, I’m not sure what colour they are. I am hoping for white or pale pink. One of these seems to have a few things on it that look like galls. I don’t have a picture, but unless camellia fruit then I am assuming they are some sort of gall. They are dark red and shiny and about the same size as a small crab apple. Can anyone offer any insight?
This is a messy area next to the decking and in front of the shed. It is really overgrown. The lollipop shaped tree at the back is, believe it or not, a pittosporum. It is huge, probably 20 feet tall. Who knew pittosporum could get so big? Who knew they could be trees? When I think of the pathetic specimen we had in the old garden – spindly, sparse leaves, fragile looking, about 2 feet tall – and then look at this, it’s astonishing! In front of it is another large hebe that needs taking out, and then a cistus (I think) and another really big clump of agapanthus, and right in front is a block of bergenia that has really got too big for the space. Also I suspect between that thick ground cover and the shed there may be a comfortable spot for unwanted creatures….So all of this is likely to go, including the shed!
Here is another shady patch where I am trying out some fatsia plants. So far they seem to be happy there, but I’m not sure they’ll stay happy out of their pots and in the ground. There are a lot old tree roots in this part of the garden so it will be interesting to see if I can even get them into the ground! I love the fern on the right, but on the left there is more of the dreaded hypericum.
And that’s my six for this week, hopefully giving you at bit more of a look at the new garden. So much to do, but it’s very exciting!