A Closer Look At: the Paved Area

IMG_5189When End of the Month View time comes around I realise that some parts of the garden only come to light in these monthly posts and some areas not at all (although the latter perhaps for good reason…), so have decided to do a series of posts looking a little closer at individual areas. Today I am showing a little more detail of the paved area, our main view from the kitchen windows.

The garden slopes slightly from left to right and from back to front, accentuated at this point by the redistribution of soil dug from the footings of our extension. Thus there is a step up to the paved area to the left (just visible on the photo below) with an adjacent cobbled ramp to allow passage with a wheelbarrow, slate steps on the right, and a drop on the right beyond the pergola down to the stream. The raised bank between the steps became a rockery, constructed mostly with rocks found in the hedge, which despite an overhaul a couple of years ago is once again smothered in excitable ground hugging plants, albeit pretty. Ferns tend to self seed in the crevices and need to be removed before they overstay and outgrow their welcome. The witch hazel I am ‘watching’ for the monthly tree post is on the paved area at the far end of the rockery and barely noticeable whilst everything else is in full growth.

IMG_5190At the top of the steps is a grouping of lead effect pots and a stone sink, the latter removed from the house at some time before we came. It is from these pots that the cornus were moved to the shrub border last autumn, where they are not surprisingly much happier. The largest pot has my ‘Munstead Wood’ rose, accompanied by twice or thrice overwintered pelargoniums, the next sweet peas with verbena at their feet, and the other two have spare lobelia and diascia that had no other home to go to – forward thinking for the three smaller pots is required in the future! The hostas have been there for over 10 years or so and are untroubled by slugs in this location.

IMG_5191To the left beyond these pots is the rose arbour (awaiting overhaul and, in this picture, sheltering the shredder which was dealing with hedge trimmings) over which Rambling Rector sprawls, with Clematis texensis ‘Gravetye Beauty’ (in bud for the first time) climbing up the post on the left and C jouiniana ‘Praecox’ and climbing rose ‘New Dawn’ on the right. The path continues under the arbour and alongside the magnolia and now elevated snowdrop border to the left of the sitooterie and then the rest of the garden. The bench was rescued from a friend’s allotment and has been re-timbered but is awaiting a coat of my ubiquitous ‘Wild Thyme’.

IMG_5193IMG_5198There are several other containers on the paved area, mostly fairly recently acquired galvanised ones. These are home to three more new roses – patio rose ‘Sweet Dreams’ (top left, and a much prettier peachy colour than the photo suggests) and ‘Harlow Carr’ and ‘Little White Pet’ (top right). In front of the pergola (with ‘Danse de Feu’ roses, now in their 15th year, and three early clematis) the galvanised pot has Sweet William and another stone sink has various alpines.

paved.potsFinally, a view looking across the Tai Chi lawn towards the sitooterie, showing four pots with young acers and three terracotta pots of double petunias. I gave up with petunias in these pots for several years as it had become too shady for them, but have given them another chance since the old plum tree was lopped – the grass should benefit from additional light too. The path to the right is bordered by an extension to the pergola which is planted with continuous flowering rambler ‘Rural England’; the apple and damsons are to the right of this, with a crossing point of the stream just out of shot in the foreground. The chunky mirror propped up was a neighbour’s reject, also rejected by the ‘tat’ man, and is awaiting a new location in the garden. Waste not, want not!

IMG_5196So, that’s the first of the closer looks – I wonder what will be next?

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21 Responses to A Closer Look At: the Paved Area

  1. Brian Skeys says:

    The roses are looking great and I am envious of your slug free hostas. We also have the ‘Wild Thyme’ theme in Our garden@19 around the patio area.

    • Cathy says:

      I was so pleased to find Wild Thyme after trying numerous different testers of different colours – it complements and enhances everything. Just hope they don’t discontinue it! And I am not getting complacent about the slugs – it just seems to a ‘good’ year, although the slugs don’t seem to bother with the ones nearer the house anyway

  2. Cathy says:

    How lovely to see all that from the kitchen window! Love all those containers and your roses!

  3. croftgarden says:

    This is lovely and the epitomy of an English garden in June.

    • Cathy says:

      It’s a strange thing, as the garden is of course in England but not being English myself I struggle to think of it as an ‘English’ garden… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Beautywhizz says:

    You are so lucky to enjoy this view every morning. I really like those crystal balls shimmering in the sun.

  5. Beautywhizz says:

    You are so lucky to enjoy this view every morning. I really like the crystal balls decoration.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, we are indeed fortunate – and of course watching it change through the year is fascinating. It really closes in during the spring and summer once the trees and other things are in leaf

  6. MCH says:

    I love your cosy garden. Would feel quite at home there, I am sure. Hope you let us see how you will use the mirror. I have a narrow full length mirron on the outside of an old carriage shed behind our barn. It is the shade side of the structure. With that mirror on the wall it brings light into it and from a distance it appears that you can look through the shed into sunny meadows beyond which are really reflection of the field opposite even though the shed is in the deep shade. Lots of fun.

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you, but yours sounds lovely too! You wouldn’t guess from this view of ours that it is only a small part of it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. pbmgarden says:

    Delightful views Cathy! (I tried Tai Chi once but have stuck better with yoga.)

    • Cathy says:

      I like the meditative quality of Tai Chi – although with more time I would have liked to have learned yoga too

  8. Very inviting! We just lost a big maple that effected my back space, but I know it will grow. I do Qigong in my garden and once had a group of woman with a master instructor all doing movements around the garden! So memorable.

    • Cathy says:

      I do a little Qiqong too Susan, so the thought of a group with a master teacher together in the garden sounds delightful ๐Ÿ™‚ What a great experience it must have been…

  9. Anna says:

    I would be more than happy to come and wash your dishes for you Cathy if the sink is near the kitchen windows. We went garden centre visiting today and I nearly came home with ‘Munstead Wood’ but then saw ‘Heathcliff’ and returned without either. Decisions, decisions!

    • Cathy says:

      Oh come and wash dishes anyway, Anna, but that is a different window and on the side of the house! I don’t know Heathcliff, but if you have the location for another one it is an important decision to make – took me ages to decide on my new ones in the Autumn

  10. rusty duck says:

    It is beautiful and a lovely place to sit out. Great idea to look at sections of the garden in more detail, I hadn’t realised just how much was in the paved area before, or how lush the planting is.

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