January is all about making plans for the coming year and although I don’t like to make resolutions, I do like to make plans! With this in mind, here are our plans for the Old House Garden in 2019. I would like to link this to the fabulous Six on Saturday Meme. Do pop over to The Propagator’s blog to join in. It’s a lovely way to ‘meet’ new gardeners.
2018 in the Old House Garden was busy! We didn’t necessarily start out the year planning to do so much but that’s what we are like! We rarely sit still where the garden is concerned and we still had hard landscaping to finish off.
1. Hard landscaping
With the renovations to the Old House coming to halt in September, we have been living with a building site in the garden. It hasn’t really impacted inside the house luckily but it has meant that to get from the back door to the garden you have to navigate a gang plank and mud! This has not made it easy for the dog and I have not enjoyed the mud being brought into the house! Working full time has been good as I have gone to work in the dark and come home in the dark meaning I can’t see the devastation! However, it has meant that going into the garden has not brought me the same pleasure that it usually would. In 2019, I would like to have a new patio in the back garden but can’t until the building work has finished! Hopefully, we can start with this extension again soon.
2. The Rose Garden
I would like to add more depth to the Rose garden. White foxgloves will add height in amongst the roses. Lots of tulips in various shades of pink and white have been planted alongside the wall.
3. A New Border.
The new border behind the table in this picture was created in 2018. We threw some nasturtium seeds there in the summer and they went wild but the caterpillars loved them! It’s quite a shady border but very sheltered so I’m still planning this section although I know I would like more shrubs. We already have a beautiful Weigela which transferred successfully from nearer the house and I planted a Cotinus (smokebush) in the Autumn. Any suggestions would be great! I would also like to underplant the shrubs with bulbs at some point.
4. The Cottage Border
The Cottage Border was planted in 2016 with more plants added in 2017 and 2018. This photo was taken in July 2018 so there was plenty of colour after my gorgoeus lupins had flowered in May and June. Although really pleased with this Border, I would like to repair the walls as they definately need maintenance. The walls were here when we moved in but a giant Leylandii was here and made the whole garden really dark.
5. The Grape Vine
We have a grape vine in the Old House garden which is old but produces lots of fruit in the Autumn. It is against the tallest part of our wall but although in a sunny place, it can’t grow anywhere. We’ve allowed it to do its own thing and grow up a tree then cutting it back each year. It would be better to train it towards out new patio but we need our new patio first! I can’t move it but I could add some trellis to train it to where I would like it to go. Do you think an old vine can be moved? I’d love to hear any suggestions! If not, I may leave it and let the wasps enjoy it!
6. The Greenhouse
I have a love/hate relationship with my greenhouse. It was here when we moved in so I love that I have a greenhouse. The greenhouse is overhung by trees, is falling apart as many of the panes are broken and is used as a general dumping space! I would really like a new greenhouse and have already found the perfect spot, but we really can’t afford one at the moment.
It is tempting to just take the old greenhouse down but I do like having somewhere to plant and the cats love it in there! The main priority in 2019 is to get the main extension built. The garden projects may have to wait!
There are our garden plans for 2019! Always ambitious but it’s good to plan ahead! Happy New Year and happy gardening. I’m excited to read all the other Six on Saturday posts after a break -what are your plans for your garden in 2019?
Some other posts you may enjoy reading that have been popular in 2018:
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.