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Hello, It’s Good To Be Back …

Oh dear, has it really been so long since my last post, I apologise.  I’ve had an awful lot on my plate renovating our house, a miserable winter and slow spring, not to mention a shoulder injury have all triggered a tad of writer’s block.

We did manage to put up the new greenhouse which I’ve really enjoyed as I can now sow seeds for the garden and allotment and I can also overwinter some of my more tender plants.

I have also had the tree surgeon in to clear the dying silver birch, ugly conifer and numerous fruit suckers which were threatening to take over the garden.

My wonderful dad has also provided me with a professional design so I can get going with laying out the garden over the next few months, starting with a winding brick path which will divide the garden into 3 different areas.

My equally wonderful mum has sent me some apricot seeds which I will be attempting to germinate and grow on as container plants.  More about that in a future post.

It’s good to be back.


My Sweeties and a Flowerpot

‘Cupani’, ‘Winston Churchill’, White Supreme’ and ‘Painted Lady’

Had a simple idea, in the event of a vase shortage just turn a flowerpot upside down!

My Sweeties …

Design in Mind

A note to myself of ideas and criteria for the layout and planting of the garden.

Structural Considerations

  1. Flower borders
  2. Renovate shed
  3. Three distinct areas (rooms): secret seating; water focus;  planting focus
  4. Greenhouse
  5. Water
  6. Wildlife friendly
  7. Paths

Environmental Considerations

  1. Aspect ~ north facing
  2. Clay soil needs proper management
  3. Soil pH to be tested
  4. Coastal, salt laden high winds


  1. Tree surgery required
  2. Decide on Concept: naturalistic; coastal; formal; contemporary?
  3. Emphasis on foliage and texture
  4. Decide on colour combinations
  5. Limited number of species of flower
  6. Herbs
  7. Ferns
  8. Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Lanarth White’ (good in coastal positions and on poor soil)
  9. Grasses

Just needed to write these down while they’re in my head.

Pebble Feet

Pitter patter …

I love this idea, it’s so cute, but remember that collecting shells and pebbles from some UK beaches is illegal, check first.

Just a Little Stumped!

I’m all for recycling, upcycling and making the most of what I’ve inherited in the garden so when I turned my attention to this dead tree trunk (still firmly rooted in the ground) I wanted to make something of it.  The previous owners had a wooden top on it and used it as a bird table but I’d like to make more of a feature of it … ideas so far haven’t really hit the mark.  Should I grow something up it or place something on it?  I’ll continue to mull this over and hopefully come up with an imaginative solution.

Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’

Flowers just emerging …

This is a delightful little evergreen perennial which will spread by forming new clumps.  It has distinctive black grass-like leaves and racemes of lilac flowers in the summer.  Flowers are followed by small black fruits (inedible).  It grows to a height of 23cm and will spread to 30cm.  It is easy to divide and replant around the garden.  I have just re-potted a small clump for display on the toolshed.