Transforming Hillary’s front garden
Back in early May I mentioned that I was making big changes out front, well, I never did say it was to our garden!
Perhaps I was bigging it up a bit, referring to what I had been up to as some major project, I mean, it isn’t exactly Alan Titchmarsh stuff.
Its all about our neighbours garden
Anyway, hidden below the large swathe of lawn was masses of tree roots and builders rubble. Preparation work took me a little longer than expected, but hey, my speedy Gonzales days are over.
Hillary’s garden extends forward from our front garden, although it was always kept very tidy it was rather uninspiring.
Getting back to how this all came about, well Hillary had been telling me back in April that her gardener was unwell and would not be able to look after her garden this season.
Hillary herself has been poorly and was just getting over a recent illness which has kind of knocked the stuffing out of her.
I suggested that when I was cutting our front grass I would also do hers.
We kind of got around to talking about her garden being in need of a makeover. I was thinking that it would be nice to do something for someone for a change and if she were to buy the plants, I would do the work..
Mid April I got stuck in, cut out a border extending from the end of our garden to more than half way down our neighbours.
I then with great difficulty due to tree roots, cut out three circular borders.
Couple of weeks later, ground prepared, top soil and compost added to improve the clay soil. Planting has started.
Mid July and pleased to say all the plants have taken.
Most of the edging border would only take annuals owing to the very shallow depth of soil. Come Autumn I intend to replant this with Spring flowering Primula.
Hillarys garden measures, 45ft x 21ft. Our own garden front and back is never complete, we are forever making changes even on the times when we think we have it perfect.
Its a bit different doing someone else’s, you cant exactly say after spending a lot of money on plants, I think it may have looked better with something else in place of so and so.
Well, fortunately, all concerned seem to be happy with the result.
List of plants used
Buxus (Box) Lollipops
Sorbus (rowan) Joseph rock
HT Rose Claret
Nepeta nervosa blue moon( catmint)
Leucanthemum snow lady
Veronica Ulster blue
Erica carnea myretoun ruby
Max Frei hardy geranium
Bedding cosmos, begonia semperflorens, lobelia, allysum
There it is then, everyone happy, did I mention, the view from our window has improved dramatically.
Our front garden with Hillary’s at the far end.
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