A Quick Ramble Round the Garden at the end of March

With Thursday being Grannie Day, although I have my charges for less time now they are at nursery or school, I thought I would take my end of month photos and record the video early in the day whilst I knew I had the chance. First thing, it was one of those days when it felt several degrees lower than it actually was, and My Goodness it was chilly! I try to walk at a slow pace for the video, pausing at certain points of potential interest, but I somehow managed to record it in record time so you may need to run to keep up with me! If I had waited till later, the garden would have been bathed in sunshine, the victim of a snowstorm or both, each of which we have experienced throughout the rest of the day – but it was always still cold!

Let’s take a slower walk around to begin with whilst I show you the photographs, starting with the paved area immediately behind the house (above). Despite the placing of the chairs, the Golfer and I have not had a tiff and I suspect they were moved whilst he was working on some project that required more space than the shed provided. I noticed today, for the first time, that the garden is greening up not just in the borders but in some of the trees – the rose climbing in the apple tree to the top right of the photo is clothed in green, as is the crab apple to the middle left. Others will no doubt follow soon.

Below is the adjacent streamside and shrub border, seen from both directions, the ‘Tête-à-tête’ in the grass now almost over and definitely requiring deadheading:

The woodland, with the relocated snowdrops is well-sprinkled with wood anemones and fritillaries, with bluebells and wild garlic ready to follow on:

We can look out as usual from the bothy at the end of the woodland over the main borders, before looking at the same area from ground level at the back of the shed, from where we can also see the clematis colonnade, bronze heuchera bed and Acer griseum. The hostas in the pots in the foreground of the second photo are beginning to send up spikes of new foliage.

You may not remember that the last time I showed you round the garden, there were two tall stumps of silver birch in the area where the two big trugs are now – the stumps have been cut down to ground level and there is now a new amelanchier, A ‘Robin Hill’, occupying the space between the stumps. As yet unstaked, it is currently trussed to within an inch of its life, loosely tied to nearby posts. You can appreciate its position better in the next shot of the entrance to the woodland edge border; already in bud, next time I share it with you it will be flowering. Despite the birches being cut down, I still felt the area needed a tree, and this decorative variety provides interest at different times of year and casts less shade than others might.

The new grass border, refashioned from one of the bold borders is already looking promising – and more grassy since I added seed-sown Stipa tenuissima! The allium removed when the border was emptied have been returned. The remaining two bold borders are filling up with the fresh foliage of their herbaceous contents but will no doubt still require editing as the season progresses, until I am satisfied with them..

Inside the working greenhouse, looking across the blue & white borders, through the rose garden and the main herbaceous borders:

Heading back towards the house we have what was until recently the snowdrop border but will now require a new name, once its future is decided, a view towards the wisteria on the gable end of the extension, inside the Coop and lastly the Coop corner border, now without the pink pussy willow ‘Mt Aso’, which has been moved to the woodland edge border. Clematis armandii ‘Snowdrift’ is blooming attractively on the lefthand fence but has been cut down from the righthand side as the stems had all died off, possibly caught by a cold wind at some time.

If you look at The Garden tab above you will find not only a map of the garden but also one showing the route of the video tour and the usual positions of the photographs in an EOMV post; hopefully they will help you orientate yourself in a garden full of twists and turns. If you feel energised enough to gallop round the garden with me then please also click on the video to get the bigger picture.

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22 Responses to A Quick Ramble Round the Garden at the end of March

  1. I enjoyed a late stroll around your garden Cathy but am going to save the video for when I’m feeling more energetic. I know that you walk at a much faster pace than me 😂 It was rather nippy round the gills today so you are forgiven. You must be looking forward to seeing your new amelanchier in flower. A lovely choice to fill the space between the birch stumps.

    • Cathy says:

      Haha, very wise! The amelanchier was a spur of the moment decision, which hopefully was the right one as it is a decent size and was no means cheap 😁

  2. We had snow today, so your garden looks lush and wonderful! I’m ready for spring and summer. Your Hellebores and your Daffodils are beautiful!

  3. Rosie Amber says:

    I love all the little spaces for plants and seating. It is a delight to tour your garden.

  4. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I love seeing how other gardens come earlier or later than mine – sometimes bot as different plants are ahead or behind. I have only just started sowing veg seeds in the greenhouses or on window sills and we had frost the last 2 nights and snow/hail on the ground this morning so I am in no rush. Yours seems well ahead.

    • Cathy says:

      My only ‘veg’ are tomatoes, but my seed sowing starts in January and has now almost stopped apart from second sowings. It has certainly worked for me over the last few years

      • Going Batty in Wales says:

        I have found if I start early I have leggy plants when they are put out and they get badly checked. For me sowing later works best. Interesting to compare and learn from other people!

        • Cathy says:

          Do you prick out and pot on? I usually prick out within a fortnight of germination and pot on perhaps about a month later, depending on progress – it makes such a difference. Oh and moving from warm to cool immediately things have germinated

          • Going Batty in Wales says:

            You are a much more dedicated gardener than I am Cathy! As I am growing veg I am happy to wait for most until they can be sown outdoors or into plug pots. And I no longer have a heated propagator so have to wait for warmth from the sun. But the advice to move them to somewhere cooler once they are started is useful – thank you

          • Cathy says:

            Cool AND light…

          • Going Batty in Wales says:

            Got it!

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  6. tonytomeo says:

    Gee, I was not even aware the the birch stumps were to be removed! Gee, now I can not remember if the trunks were still viable. (I only thought of that because someone just asked me about pollading birches.) Is the saskatoon a small tree? I do not think of them as getting any bigger than twenty feet, but this is a mild climate that they may not like, and I met only one cultivar. No one seems to know what they are here, so they are almost never available from nurseries.

    • Cathy says:

      Haha, neither did I Tony – that’s why we left the stumps taller, till I decided what I wanted to do there 😁 No the amelanchier is a small tree here too, and certainly less than 20 feet

  7. Annette says:

    I love Amelanchier too, certainly one of the finest species. Thanks for the garden tour – do you use a gimbel to stabilize the phone? It helps. Will you stop the YT channel? Snow and cold here, I hope you’re not affected by this Siberian spell. Wishing you both a good weekend 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      I had to Google what a gimbel was, although I guessed roughly what it would be – no I don’t, but do have a selfie stick (never been used!)…would that so the job? With TouTube, I decided I didn’t particularly want or need to be so public, so the videos are now classed as unlisted, and can be accessesd by those who have the link. We have had some chilly days, but not bitterly so, and overall it has been a very mild winter. Best wishes to both of you

      • Annette says:

        the gimbal moves freely and thus compensates your movement which results in a smoother video experience. mine is from DJI, very pleased with it.

        • Cathy says:

          I shall look into it – which I wouldn’t have done if they were all priced around £100 as the first ones I looked at were…!

  8. Cathy says:

    Lovely. And I did brave the cold with you for the video! It is always a revelation to me seeing what is already in leaf or bloom in your garden. We had that cold north wind too, but with snow that is lingering, and after our mini heatwave last week what a shock! Love that amaryllis in the Coop.

    • Cathy says:

      We haven’t had lingering snow at all this winter, just the odd snow shower, although I suppose it’s still possible – hope yours doesn’t last long! I noticed the wild cherries are in leaf now, and my original Amelanchier is in bloom too👍

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