Yesterday was the mildest January 1st in the UK since 1918, a pleasant 12ºC and a welcome change from the hard frosts and frozen ground of the last week or so. Whether it was this, or an awareness of the new year and a time for assessing the garden and life generally, or perhaps the aftermath of reading about Anthony Woodward’s sense of place in ‘The Garden in the Clouds’ (thanks for the recommendation, Annette!) but as I rambled and tinkered I felt my oneness with the garden even more than usual – and a sense of achievement at what has been created. In its relative bareness the skeleton 0f the garden was out of the cupboard – and I was pleased with what I saw. Even though projects came thick and fast in the latter months of 2014 they were still essentially ‘tweaking’ – the cherry on the cake, the star on the top of the tree, opening the box a little wider – but the basic structure remains the same (albeit with more planting space). I have no idea whether inspiration will strike in the same way this year, but on past experience and knowing how much I enjoy this kind of creativity it would seem quite likely!
So, the structure is OK (for now) but as mentioned in yesterday’s poem the garden has its own agenda and doesn’t always come up with the hoped for goods. My new dedication to seed sowing did not materialise into the wealth of colour I had hoped for – and I could see from the year of EOMVs of the bold borders from the previous post that they had failed in their boldness and ran out of steam quickly. Following the latter post I decided to collate by area all my EOMVs for the different parts of the garden and print them off for ready reference – a bit fiddly but not onerous – and the sheaf of paper shown above is the result.
It proved to be such an interesting exercise – I knew, for example, how much the trees frame the outline of the sitooterie and the paved area:
They are full of plants and there are periodic highlights, but they are nothing like the borders I intended – I have still not succeeded with plants like penstemon which are leafy but mostly flowerless and there are many others that are just not flourishing the way they should be. Feeding and watering may be part of the answer (although not for the penstemon) but I suspect there is more to it than that – much as I love the colour green and the different shapes and textures they are not meant to be foliage borders! Ah well, something for me and the garden to work on in 2015…