Two Steps Forward…

One step back.

Ian got annoyed with me again.

So totally my fault. I love symmetry in my garden, and do not always think about how I am going to get it when designing a new space. Actually the problem arises when I add a new garden beside an established one.

The first arose when I decided the vista from the Flora Glade through the Lime Walk into the Croquet Lawn had to be in the middle of the Yew Garden, not at the bottom where it currently was. This would divide the Yew Garden in half, and when I am ready to design and plant it (one day), it is a pleasing (to my mind) shape. This was fairly easy as it was only a couple of years after planting, so move a few things and done.

You can see that it is not quite finished yet. Every spring I say I have to move those hydrangeas, and then get busy with other things, 2012 it is going to happen! I did get the cedars behind them moved this September, yay.

But of course, I had to turn my attention to the path leading from the Flora Glade to the Allee. When I designed the Allee, I hadn’t originally planned on extending it all the way to the Kitchen Garden, I had thoughts of another garden in between, but decided bigger was better. I extended it so it ran all the way to the Kitchen Garden with just a five foot wide strip allowing you to walk to either the north or south. If you walk to the south, you can walk up some stone steps Ian built, and through the hedge on top of the berm, but if you walked to the north, you just hit the cedar hedge enclosing the Flora Glade.

 The entrance to it through the hedge was 10 feet to the east.

Looking south to the Allee.

Well that was not going to be allowed, and I had better take care of it before Ian arrived from Barbados, I did not want to listen to ‘what are you doing nows’.

So I moved the cedars, filled in the old path from the huge pile of top soil that had been sitting on our drive from last fall, (I am sure the neighbours were happy to see the blue tarped pile go), and of course had to purchase a couple of new shrubs to go into that spot. I mean, it was the fall, sales were on all over, I did have to help the nurseries stay in business.

Of course, dummy that I am, I forgot to take a photo of the new entrance. In the spring, after the bulbs are moved, I’ll update you.

Just need to fix the curve in the path, ran out of soil. You can see the new opening in the cedars, just behind the red Japanese Maple.

Now, in the spring, after moving any bulbs that are lurking where the new path is to be, I can finish it, or leave it half done like the other one…

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18 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    You have certainly been busy – hope Ian doesn’tget lost now that you have changed your paths etc. – he might think he is in the wrong garden!!
    Love the names you have given to the different parts of your garden – makes it sound like a stately home in England!

    • 2

      I am such a copy cat Pauline, I would read books about Sissinghurst and Hidcote when I first got interested in gardening and always wanted a large enough garden that I could do the same. It does have a practical use, or least it well when the hedges grow large enough for them to hide me.

  2. 3

    Barbara H. said,

    I have to admit I’m having a hard time following what the plan is, but I’m struck by how lovely and large your plants are. The garden is looking very good! Now, while winter has it in its grip you can snuggle down in the sun and dream some dreams of what is to come.

  3. 5

    It looks so well established that Ian will never know it was not always like that

  4. 7

    Marguerite said,

    One issue I have with designing a new garden is that as soon as I decide something I change my mind. I’m learning though that the design evolves as we spend time in the space, I can see you doing that here. As you garden other options come to light and I think you might find that the garden evolves to fit your needs better this way.

  5. 9

    I thought too Ian may not easily notice. You did a lot of planning and work. I bet you are truly glad to be back in your garden.

  6. 11

    Jess said,

    I think I need an aerial shot. Gotta get Ian on that pronto 🙂

  7. 13

    For new it looks incredibly bosky.

  8. 15

    lynne said,

    You really are a dynamo once you get a new idea 🙂 I like Jess’s idea of an aerial shot, or even a diagram showing the layout to give us the overview of what it all looks like. (Best of all would be an opportunity to walk around it in person, but alas – New Zealand is just a little far away for a visit).

  9. 17

    The garden is growing nicely! One of my favorite sayings that in the garden what is most constant is change and you have some lovely plans


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