The garden lies on a NW to SE axis and was created in 1982 when the house was built from land that had been used for farming related activities and to accommodate horses – so the land was well manured and comprises excellent loam based soil.
The original garden was about 10 metres deep and in 1982 a number of climbing roses, clematis and a hydrangea petiolaris were planted to soften stark brickwork, together with a Nottingham medlar tree, two lilacs and a rowan tree. We also had to seed the “lawn” – a real challenge with all the stones and bits of brick from the building site activities.
Another 30 metres were added to the depth in 2001 by incorporating part of an old orchard comprising a number of well established apple trees – one of which lost a large part of the trunk over twenty years ago and the largest of which blew over in January 2018. In this part of the garden a variety of new trees has been planted - Victoria plum, greengage, crab apple, damson, cox’s apple and apricot trees were planted and have become well established. This section of the garden also has four distinct rough areas for the encouragement of wild life.
A further 20 metres were added in 2005. Magnolia, photinia, silver birch, espaliered pears and amelanchier trees have been added and have become well established.
In 2017, the area at the back of the house was landscaped with flag and loose stones to minimise the amount of maintenance, retaining a prolific camellia, fatsia japonica and roses. Random foxgloves and welsh poppies breakthrough in a haphazard way!
The garden is field fenced on the south side and on the west end . On the North side is a brick wall that attracts the heat of the sun’s rays and provides a wonderful stretch for climbers – roses, wisteria, grapevine, clematis.
Behind the garage is a small vegetable patch in which raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackcurrants, a variety of beans, along with early potatoes, carrots, sweetcorn, radish, beetroot and rhubarb.
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Cox’s apples in the orchard area
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East Bridgford, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom