after saying in my end of year review that I want to try to reclaim the front garden I’ve decided to make it my focus for the EoMV posts in the hope it will keep me working on it, when you have a large garden with so much to do it is easy to push things aside, as other work seems more urgent and/or important.
just four photos of the four beds the front garden is separated into and a brief intro to each, the first 3 photos have all been taken from the same place, the front gate, because there are 2 paths from the gate it cuts the garden into 3 beds each being a triangle, the front of the house faces north so as the garden gets closer to the house it gets less sun and at this time of year with the sun being so low none of the garden gets much sun, the house and garden are on raised ground so the front garden is like a very large raised bed, the fourth bed is in an L at the east side front of the house,
the jungle, so called because some plants have become thugs and taken over, there is grass but the thuggy plants can compete, due to the wet there are also mosses at the moment, the left side of the photo shows the border I dug 2 years ago and planted up last winter with some new plants and some moved from other areas, some plants grew well this summer some didn’t survive the wet, I had hoped last winter to have dug more of it but as you can see I didn’t and so far have not been able to this winter,
the middle bed, this was originally planted with silver and grey leaved plants then I added purple and plummy plants as it needed some contrast, for the last few years it has been used as a holding bed as well for some plants until they could be planted in their permanent home, some of the original plants have gone and some need dividing etc. there is lots of space ready for new plants now but I’ve got to decide what will work/survive and then obtain it, I might be asking advice in the coming months,
the wilderness, so called because as you can see the grass has really taken it back, I think I might have to do a complete clearance and pot up anything saveable (or move) then just leave it for a year except for weeding, there is quite a lot of A. Mollis which I have left as it does seem to hold back the grass, I know now where I want to transfer it to, the new Birch garden, there are also grossly over grown clumps of daffodils that I’ve been wanting to dig up and replant for the last 3 or 4 years, my biggest problem there is getting them replanted, it all takes time!!
the little bed, which is 2 areas, the rectangle that I have shown many times and has had a few changes over recent years and is still an on going project, the narrow strip the other side of the path is the tail end of the wilderness bed and at first I worked it with that but it is better now I link it to the little bed and see them as one, the door here though facing the front is my back door,
there is a privet hedge around most of 3 sides and the house on the fourth side so it does get some protection though across the front of the house can be a wind alley if it’s a west or east wind, due to the storms in winter the privet is deciduous here,
thanks to Helen for hosting End of Month View, please visit her blog to see more EoMV posts of other gardens,
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