The Garden Project


I’ve been admiring circular lawns on pinterest for a while so this weekend I thought I’d have a go.  After measuring eight foot across, Steve and I dug out the circle and patched up the holes made by treading on the lawn over the winter, while it was still a quagmire.

I’m thinking I may have a runner bean wigwam in the front left corner, but I’m not sure yet what else to plant.  Definitely medicinal plants and herbs and maybe some other veg.

It’s not shown in the photo, but we also laid a connecting path leading to the bottom garden.  The effect I’m trying to achieve is a working kitchen garden at the top and a quiet place for reflection at the bottom where I have planted roses and jasmine.

First and foremost though, this is a nature garden, so it will never be over manicured, things will be allowed to set seed, and there are lots of trees and shrubs for our resident birds.

Christine x


The Garden in August

Not much to write about this month as August seems to be the time when the garden looks tatty, waiting for a new lease of life in September.  This is the bottom lawn and pretty much the only things in flower are the Japanese anemone, the hebe and the tradescantia.


The buddleia is almost finished too.


The tomatoes are looking OK and we’ve had plenty of beans, but the cucumbers have done nothing.  This year was my first attempt at cucumbers and I guess it’s just not warm enough if you don’t have a greenhouse.


I’m currently working on the border near the kitchen as I’ve seem some fab  gardens on my travels this summer and would like to try and recreate something like this which we saw at Paignton Zoo.


So it’s out with the low growing herbs to make room for some stars like this blue globe thistle.  Haven’t figured out quite how I’m going to make it look good for a whole season yet – needs more research.  The cat likes to lie on the top border and tends to flatten whatever is there – he especially likes to lie on the oregano.  I’m sure I’ll think of something!

RHS Tatton 2015

Some garden inspiration from today’s visit to Tatton.


I was quite taken with this water feature – not too fussy.


Loved the dense planting in this one.

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Quite a few blue sheds – this looks good against the crocosmia Lucifer and white agapanthus.


This is a bit like my shed, so I bought some of these white agapanthus to set it off – I will have to find some old crates to stencil and pile up outside.

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This fuchsia looks so good spilling out of an old metal bin – definitely an idea I could use.


There were lots of grasses this year – I love the way the drumstick alliums are planted through here.

I’ve come away with lots of ideas, some fig compote and a few plants, including some lavenders, an echinacea, some agapanthus and an osteospermum – so guess what I’ll be doing tomorrow.   I was very tempted to buy a fig tree but thought better of it!

Anyone else been? What did you think?

The Garden In July

Everything’s looking very pretty this month, if a bit scruffy round the edges.   Lots of clematis and roses in bloom and I think the garden is at its most ‘cottage’ like at this time of year.

DSCF1990This climbing rose is doing well this time.


At the bottom of the garden, this hypericum is adding a splash of yellow.  Spot the weed growing through it – must deal with that!


The veggie pots have done reasonably well, but as we left the country at the hottest time of the year, leaving the pots almost unattended, apart from the odd visit form a friendly neighbour, the courgettes sadly perished.

DSCF1996Finally, this delicately scented lavender next to the front drive has been attracting bees for weeks now.


Maximising Growing Space: Vegetables in Pots

There’s very little sun in our garden, but the side of the house is bathed in sunshine for a good part of the day. so for the last few years I’ve been growing veg in pots.  Now, don’t laugh, I know it looks like a right old jumble that could give Steptoe and Son a run for their money, but based on previous years, it seems to work.


The compost is home made, and in the pots I have runner beans, cucumber, yellow courgettes, sweet peas and tomatoes.  Time will tell how they do.  I don’t have a greenhouse, so the beans, sweet peas and courgettes are sown direct, the tomato was donated by my sister and the cucumber bought at a church fair as a small plant.  Never grown a cucumber, so anyone’s guess what will happen.  Runner beans have always been a great success grown this way and I love it when I can pop outside the kitchen door and harvest them any day of the week in late summer.

Anyone else using pots for veg?

The Garden In June

June is a funny month in the garden with spring flowers just going over, but summer not quite in bloom.  The alliums are still going strong, adding pops of purple to the borders and the aquilegia and Californian lilac add some lovely swathes of blue in the back borders.  I’ve set up my veg garden at the side of the house where there’s lots of sun, but not much to see yet.  The lilies in pots at the front of the picture should be out soon and there are one or two clematis in bud.  This time of year is when I think the garden takes on its most ‘cottage garden’ look.  Right at the back I have lavender and jasmine in my quiet corner -not flowering yet, but when they do, it’s by far the most fragrant place to sit in the summer.


The Garden in May

May is the month when everything goes from nought to sixty in 20 seconds!  We have an abundance of pinks and purples with aquilegia, weigela, clematis and ceanothus all in bloom.



The herb garden is looking lush too with chives, parsley and mint which are right by the back door.


This is a view of my quiet corner where I can sit on the rickety old benches and look up at the house.


This my secret composting corner, hidden from view by this huge pyracantha.  Look like a wild woman in this pic!DSCF1569