Garden Makeover, Day 13

The steps into the ‘fernery’ and out of the dining room into the garden are starting to take shape!

Steps into the 'fernery'
Steps into the ‘fernery’
Steps out of the dining room
Steps out of the dining room

Garden Makeover, Day 11

We are starting on steps – into the ‘fernery’ and  up from the dining room into the garden. The borders are now in place, and the patio outlines decided.

Base for steps into the 'fernery'
Base for steps into the ‘fernery’

 

Starting to garden again!

The weekend weather was mild and so I tackled the garden. The side fence and wall were cleared of clematis and ivy, and rampant rose branches were cut out. A local man is going to build a store for the wood, using pallets left from a neighbouring building.

The Japanese Anenomes, starting to scatter seed everywhere, were cut down.

Japanese anemone seedheads
Japanese anemone seedheads

And I planted the bed which was cleared, I hope, of ground elder in the autumn. There are now five small plants of Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’, Tellima Grandiflora, Bergenia ‘Abendglut’, and Geranium Macrorrhizum ‘Spessart’.

Elsewhere there are signs of new life together with winter colour.

Hornbeam, bergenias, miscanthus & stipa
Hornbeam, bergenias, miscanthus & stipa

Patio Planting

We have a small bed on the side of the patio and the planting needs to be ‘interesting’. Bergenia ‘Abendglut’ leaves are burnt Sienna in winter, followed by deep purple flowers in March and April, and then the leaves turn green in the summer. Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ flowers in May & June; Liriope Muscari’s lavender flowers appear in August to September, and Anenome ‘Honorine Joubert’ is gracefully white from August to October. Perhaps I should consider Libertia Grandiflora in this bed? White flowers in April and May and interesting, spikey green foliage all year. What do you think? Will this be ‘soft’ enough? Will it be snail-resistant?

Bergenia 'Abendglut'
Bergenia ‘Abendglut’

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Anenome Honorine Joubert
Anenome Honorine Joubert

 

Garden Makeover, Day 9

The back wall was cleared of ivy today, and after two weeks we now have a new fence, a brick wall, and a flint wall.

Ivy off the back wall!
Ivy from the back wall!
London Garden, Day 9
London Garden, Day 9

Garden Makeover, Day 8

The new fence is finished, two small beds are added, we have decided how the paving should be laid for the patio, and we have moved the Viburnum Plicatum, the only remaining shrub, and hope for the best.

London garden makeover, Day 8
London garden makeover, Day 8
Viburnum Plicatum
Viburnum Plicatum
New fence, sleepers outlining borders, and paving outlining patio is in place, with small bed at the top of the patio
New fence, sleepers outlining borders, and paving outlining patio is in place, with small bed at the top of the patio

 

Garden Makeover, Day 7

The fence is progressing well and should be completed tomorrow. I am also thinking about making a small change to the beds, returning to the original design in fact! This should please the designer!

London garden makeover, new fence
London garden makeover, new fence

Evening in Greenwich Park

The Camellias and Hellebores are starting in Greenwich Park!

Garden Makeover, Day 6

The new fence is starting to go up, but there are some tricky problems to solve along the way.

15-2-9 London Garden Makeover, Day 6 LR-8

15-2-9 London Garden Makeover, Day 6 LR-10

The back wall is now clear and looks suitably old, apart from the reinforcement in the middle which will need attention.

 

Libertia

New plantings

The flint wall along one side of the garden is beautiful and I don’t want to cover it up.

The flint wall
The flint wall

If money was unlimited I might consider raising the height of the wall for privacy with pleached trees.

Pleached trees (www.instahedge.com)
Pleached trees (www.instahedge.com)

Or I could have a mass planting along the bottom of the wall.

Libertia
Libertia