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.