London Garden

I am finding it hard to leave the garden to grow, but I feel it needs to settle down without me interfering this year.

A corner of the London garden
A corner of the London garden
A small jungle of Dogwood, Japanese Anemone, and Deschampsia
A small jungle of Dogwood, Japanese Anemone, and Deschampsia
Ajuga, Libertia, Aquilegias, and Stipa Tenuissima - something will have to give at some point!
Ajuga, Libertia, Aquilegias, and Stipa Tenuissima – something will have to give at some point!

Early morning in London

I love the garden in the early mornings, especially when the sun is shining. So, while the coffee was brewing, I nipped out to take a few photographs.

Miscanthus & water drops

Pennisetum & Cosmos

New London Garden

As far back as 2005 the garden in London was slowly turning into wilderness as I spent longer periods in South Africa.

By 2014 it was a wilderness, and uncomfortable and unwelcoming, if you could find your way into its hidden corners! ‘Romantic’ in some ways, but no longer inviting.

It was time to start again.

October 2014
October 2014
February 2015
February 2015
1 June 2015
1 June 2015

 

 

 

 

Sunlight in the garden

The garden is empty apart from three trees, but the walls and fence and surrounding buildings cast shade. So I have a light garden, but a little direct sunlight.I thought the best way of monitoring the sunshine would be to take photographs at intervals during the day. The planting plan is going to be quite tricky!

Around 8.30am

Early morning

Around 11.00am

Around 11.00am

Around 3.00pm

Around 3.00pm

Late afternoon

Late afternoon

Front Garden Makeover

We are making good progress. When the construction work is finished I will clean the steps (!) and repaint the walls, and then the garden is ready for a new hedge, either box or privet.

Front garden makeover
Beds cleared of stones, ivy and posts
Front garden makeover
Beds ready for washed pebbles
Front garden makeover
Pretty edge to railings

London Garden Makeover – the front garden

The house has a very narrow front ‘garden’ and by clearing it step by step it became clear a radical change is needed. Once the ivy had been cut down we could properly see the railings, and their pretty ending at pavement level, but clearly those posts and the chain need to go. The railings and the wall will have to be painted, and the vitis cognitiae will be cut down to the level of the painted wall. I am planning a box hedge.

Front garden makeover
Front garden makeover
Front garden makeover
Front garden makeover
Front garden makeover
Front garden makeover

Garden Makeover – the Steps Beds

There is a small bed outside the steps leading from the dining into the garden and it has sun most of the day – probably the warmest place in the garden! The planting, however, has to be low to let light into the dining room.

 And on the other side of the bed steps lead into the ‘fernery’ with another small bed against the new fence – and a sunny spot!

London Garden Makeover after four weeks

I have been away for a week and the transformation has been amazing!

London Garden Makeover after 20 days
London Garden Makeover after 20 days
New bed, edged with sleeper and stone setts - and lawn!
New bed, edged with sleeper and stone setts – and lawn!

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