2015 Reviewed & 2016 Outlined

2015 whizzed past and for the first time I am looking back at what I have achieved and setting out some ideas for 2016 – rather late! The Enthusiastic Gardener is a refashioned site which focuses on ‘Town and Country’ gardening and enables me to include visits to other gardens and parks.

Restructuring the London garden was a very big job and after planting I left it entirely alone for the remainder of the year – Spring will be hard work and fun! In Suffolk I also planted new grasses and thinned out and look forward to seeing the new ideas taking shape in 2016.

Part of the garden in Suffolk

I visited Piet Oudolf’s garden at Pensthorpe and absolutely loved it!

Pensthorpe
Pensthorpe
Pensthorpe
Pensthorpe

And the Parc Botanique de Haute Bretagne was magical, even though the hydrangeas were mainly over, and I will visit again in 2016.

Parc Botanique de Haute Bretagne
Parc Botanique de Haute Bretagne
Parc Botanique de Haute Bretagne
Parc Botanique de Haute Bretagne

I visited Wisley, Hyde Hall, Beth Chatto’s gardensand many of the gardens during the Open Squares & Gardens Weekend in London.

In 2016 I would like to achieve the following:

  • A better balance in the London planting
  • Coherent changes in Suffolk
  • Posts on the plants I am growing – where they are planted and what does, and does not, work
  • A visit to at least two historical or significant gardens

 

Last tidyup before Spring

It was a mild day in Suffolk, and not raining so I had a chance to tidy up in the garden – a task I had not anticipated doing until March!

The back garden
The back garden

I cleared Japanese Anemones off the paving and cut down the sedums – both are on the compost heap now. And although it is winter there are lots of colourful treats if you look carefully.

Cornus Alba 'Elegantissima'
Cornus Alba ‘Elegantissima’
Cornus Flaviramea
Cornus Flaviramea

And in the front garden I pruned the roses, cut the Verbena Bonariensis to the ground, and cut down the clematis – all were growing. Was this wise? Well, the deed is done and they have to make the best of it! And early treats are close to the ground.

Iris Lazula
Iris Lazula

Primroses

Primroses

 

Autumn in Suffolk

The front garden is looking just as abundant as the back garden – in the evening light it looked more like high summer than autumn!

The front garden in the evening light
The front garden in the evening light
Anthemis 'Mayonnaise'
Anthemis ‘Mayonnaise’

There are some late roses – William Shakespeare and Graham Thomas

William Shakespeare

Graham Thomas

The bed which was replanted in the spring is working! The Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ are marvellously vibrant – I may plant a few more in the spring – and the Japanese Anemones ‘Honorine Jobert’ are starting to clump in the shade of the hedge.

15-10-3 Monk Frith Garden LR-7382

The sedums are spectacular!

Sedum 'Autumn Joy'
Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’