I have taken some photographs of my back garden in sections. I thought it would be interesting to record its development and so am sharing it with you all. Any thoughts/suggestions are very welcome.
I am standing with my back to the bungalow to take the photos and the camera is pointing due North. Luckily the bungalow is low enough (and on a steep slope) so that the garden gets the sun all day.
Here is the section on the right. There were very old, neglected shrubs in the front border and my gardener has dug them out for me this week. It is this bed that I intend to have as a herbaceous bed.
I already have seven plants to put in (see a previous post) but as they are young plants they are quite small and will be swallowed up. I shall add others and probably this year fill in with hardy annuals.
Behind the retaining wall is a completely bare rockery apart from a large clump of snowdrops ripe for splitting up and relocating 'in the green'. I hope this will be done this week but although all the plants are ready there is work to be done before I plant. The border needs a dig, a manure and then plant - followed by a mulch of bark (in the two bags on the wall). I also have twelve rock plants to put in to the top rockery - shall plant those and top dress with small gravel before I do any more.
The next bed bottom section did have a pond but it was filled in before I came. This is now top dressed with red gravel. The pot standing on it will not stay there. It is a magnolia which was a present but I doubt it will survive this far North. The two beds on the extreme left (they feature in the last photograph) have been planted with bulbs
and when they have finished will be planted with bedding plants for instant colour this summer while everything else is getting established. The raised bed behind is where the marestail is. There is a scattering of crocus, one solitary daffodil and a shrub which appears to be dead. This will be tackled last of all.
The final section is a raised patio with a sheltering hedge behind. I had this hedge cut a couple of weeks ago. My gardener says I should have left it until risk of frost was past, but he is not a young man and I didn't want him to cut it as I thought the job too hard for him. Steps lead up from the patio outside my door to this level. I shall probably have a bench when summer comes (if it ever does). And maybe pots too as I have three rose bushes in pots which were also bought as presents and I can't think of anywhere to put them.
Here are the two beds I have planted with bulbs in the middle section.
I hope it all turns out to plan. If only I were more mobile I could be out there now doing bits - it is a pleasant day.