Our gardens are a work in progress aren’t they? I never stop thinking about how I want my garden to look in the coming year! It is always a good idea to take a look at how your garden fared over the year to see which parts worked and which didn’t. Gardeners like to make plans for the coming year in terms of what planting colour schemes would compliment what they already have or if there are any hard landscaping jobs that need completing. This post will show what we have completed this year in the Old House Garden.
The 2018 Garden Plans
The Plans in 2018 were to connect the new Rose Garden that we created at the end of 2017 to the main Cottage border and to move the old pond to create a new wildlife pond. We weren’t entirely sure what that would look like but it evolved and ended up looking fabulous!
The Shed Area.
We call the area between the rose garden and the wildlife pond, the Shed Area as this area had a new shed in 2018! We already had one shed which was left behind by the previous owners but we now have two!
The Wildlife Pond
The other major change was moving the wildlife pond from the woodland area. In 2017, a tree had come down and crashed into the old pond and damaged the liner. It was an old pond and was underneath so many mature trees that it was always full of rotting leaves and branches. We decided to move it as we love watching the wildlife that comes to our garden and wanted to continue to encourage wildlife into the Old House garden. The only place was behind the Cottage border and near the old apple tree.
The new pond does get a few leaves and apples from the old apple tree but we put a net in the Autumn which managed to catch many of the leaves and apples. This pond gets sun almost all day so it has early thrived.
The Cottage Border in 2018.
This border was planted in 2016 when we removed a huge Leylandii. Each year since, I have mulched with manure each March and with some leaf mould as and when I have had enough! It looked beautiful in 2018.
The Spring Border
I renamed this border, the Spring Border because it looked glorious in late Spring but then suffered terribly in the heat we had this summer! In the Autumn, I dug in loads and loads of manure and then planted lots of spring bulbs so I’m hoping this will look better in 2019.
Other highlights in 2018
The weather was a major highlight of 2018. It was gloriously hot and sunny for most of the summer. Even though my lawn died and my vegetables never really stood a chance, I loved sitting in the garden into the late evening with a glass of wine or cuppa! Watering the garden took lots of my time but we have three water butts which helped. The roses loved all the sunshine and flowered continuously from May until November.
I hope you have enjoyed this post as much as I have enjoyed writing it! We have achieved an amazing amount in the Old House Garden in 2018. I wonder what we will get up to in 2019? I will post about our plans for the garden in 2019 soon.
If you would like to see how much the garden has changed since we moved here in 2016, you may enjoy this post
Hopefully the Old House itself will be renovated! Fingers and toes crossed!
Here are some posts that were popular in 2018 that you may enjoy reading:
A blog about the renovation of our old house and it’s garden in the English countryside. I also blog about interiors, general gardening tips and visits to glorious gardens.