This week for Six on Saturday I would like to show you around the Old House garden. I like to look back at these type of posts to see how far the garden has come since with started developing it in 2016.
1. The Rose Garden
We created this part of the garden in the Autumn of 2017. I’m really pleased with the tulips coming up along the wall and think I will add more for next year. They add some Spring interest here.
I have planted the foxgloves around the roses. I couldn’t get white ones so went for a peach foxglove as they were on special offer at the garden centre! Three for £10 which I thought was good as they are large plants. I’ve also planted cream and green gladioli in front of the box hedge. It’s all very symmetrical to keep in line with the design as much as possible.
2. Inbetween the sheds
This is quite a new area as we created it last Spring. We moved these shrubs from another part of the garden and created a garden nook for reading or relaxing. This year I have planted Dahlias here and am keeping my fingers crossed that the frosts have passed! We did have a couple of light frosts this week so we shall see. Nigella has also started growing here from seeds I scattered last Autumn.
3. The Spring border
This border is nearer the house and I wanted a border that looked amazing in Spring. It’s getting there! I love Spring flowers and the tulips are just popping up now -they are yellow and cream. Next year, I will add more daffodils here I think.
I don’t particularly enjoy growing vegetables. There I said it! It’s something that Hubbie wanted to get into so we have two raised vegetable beds in the Old House garden. He has planted rhubarb which is doing really well, and onions in here. Yes, there are a few rogue tulips and daffodils too! Advice please -when do we harvest the onions? Is it when the leaves start to ‘go over?’ Hubbie wants to plant tomatoes, salad and potatoes this year. We have also added some raspberry canes this year.
4. The Pond and cottage border
We created this pond last March and I am so pleased with it! It’s a wild life pond and there are literally thousands of tadpoles in there this year. I haven’t spotted any newts yet but I expect they are there with so much food! Frogs are great for keeping the slug and snail population down.
This was the first border we created and it’s ready to burst into life! Sadly I think I’ve lost some of my lovely lupins that have always grown so well here. I think it must have been the very hot summer we had last year. It will be interesting to see how this border develops this year.
6. The woodland
This is the area at the end of our garden and shows you what the garden all used to look like! I have planted Fritillaria bulbs in here but it’s left to nature. There are piles of logs here, bluebells and a few ferns.
I hope you have enjoyed taking a look around the Old House garden this Spring. I’m excited to see how things develop as the seasons change. Have a great weekend gardening people!
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.