We moved into The Dell two and a half years ago. The garden had originally been much larger but some had been given up to create a building plot behind us before we moved in. A fence had been erected across the middle of the original garden meaning that the layout now made no sense. That, combined with the fact that the garden was overgrown and full of many self-set trees and bushes, meant that the best option was to take almost everything out and start again. Oh and we were doing this whilst we lived in the house that was undergoing major renovation and alteration.
It took about a year to remove everything to enable us to stand back and decide what to do with the space. The plan is to have lots of small trees and shrubs underplanted with herbaceous perennial borders to provide lots of colour. And most importantly, climbing roses up the walls of the house wherever we can fit one. We decided not to try growing any vegetables or have a greenhouse simply because they might just be too much hard work!
We started planting a year ago, so all very new and still finding their roots. Some beds were only planted a few weeks ago, so very early days. The lawn was seeded in April. It should have been the perfect time to seed a lawn but instead of sun and showers we had no rain and frosts! Followed by a deluge of rain in May that washed the seed away and finally blistering heat that meant we had to keep watering. It’s coming now, but will take til next year to be anything to look at.
It's so exciting getting up every day and wandering round to see how things are taking shape and if any flowers are out today. It’s got a long way to go yet but will be worth the effort.
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Simple box ball planting with tall Alliums to frame the terrace
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