A work in progress

This year the front garden is getting some serious attention at last. For many reasons, its been neglected in recent years, and the longer something gets left, the harder it is to make a start isn’t it? It’s south facing, and slopes to a four foot wall above the path, so quite difficult to work in because its elevated.

This area leading to the front gate has a John Downie crab apple tree, lovely in blossom and with an abundance of pretty fruit. But the roots spread far and wide, so planting nearby is difficult. I’ve  cleared a lot of campanula, forget me not, marigolds and cerinthe, from here, all of which are sprouting again of course. I think I acquired the rhubarb some years ago and randomly planted there because I couldn’t think of anywhere else. It’s never produced very well though.

I’ve planted salvias, French lavender, Gaura, Scabious and  Osteospermum so far. The Japonica is self seeded from one that was dug up a few years ago.

Here’s my long suffering geranium, a favourite brought from my last garden, that’s being invaded by Wood Geum, a pest that I’m digging up everywhere.

A couple of exotics that are staying for now, unlike this one that took two days to dig up.

A couple of spaces waiting for some new plants,

This euphorbia is too big but I don’t know how to get it out without poisoning myself 🙂

and the lavender will dazzle in a few weeks time when the flowers spill over the wall.

House leeks and hardy geraniums are such generous plants, they haven’t minded being ignored.

Leading up to the front door is the space in front of the arch where I’ve taken out the monster. There’s a brand new clematis, but I’ll photograph it when it’s grown a little.

Meanwhile peep the other way. I know it looks untidy, but it’s getting there.

By the end of this summer I hope to have found some nice plants, so that next year it will look really nice. If my back can cope and if the Spanish bluebells don’t take revenge and multiply! So that’s what I’m up to, instead of blogging and visiting you my friends.

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10 thoughts on “A work in progress

  1. Gardening always takes precedence over blogging in my book! Lovely to see your garden at last and it looks lovely – so many exotic plants. A day spent in the garden is so satisfying. I hope we will see more 🙂

  2. Well done Gilly. Lovely to see your progress in taming your garden, it is a lovely looking cottage garden. I agree about gardening taking precedence over blogging, so much more satisfying

  3. What a delight to get a peek at your garden. It seems to me to have something of your personality. I’m deeply admirin* of gardeners. I’m definitely not one, but as with most things i’m An appreciative by-stander.

    And you’ve managed to have the best of both worlds – blogging and gardening!

  4. fabulous work in progress, I wish my front garden was looking as good but instead it is disappearing under beech, honeysuckle and ground elder!

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